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Robert Nichols Robert Nichols
Full Name: Robert Lee Nichols

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 3 Jan 13, 2015 - Jan 8, 2019 85th (1)   84th   Republican Jacksonville / Cherokee Senate President Pro Tempore (85th)   Anderson, Angelina, Cherokee, Hardin, Henderson, Houston, Jasper, Liberty, Montgomery, Nacogdoches, Newton, Orange, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Trinity, Tyler
S 3 Jan 8, 2013 - Jan 13, 2015 83rd (2)   Republican Jacksonville / Cherokee   Anderson, Angelina, Cherokee, Hardin, Henderson, Houston, Jasper, Liberty, Montgomery, Nacogdoches, Newton, Orange, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Trinity, Tyler
S 3 Jan 11, 2011 - Jan 8, 2013 82nd (3)   Republican Jacksonville / Cherokee   Anderson, Angelina, Cherokee, Hardin, Henderson, Jasper, Montgomery, Nacogdoches, Newton, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Smith, Tyler
S 3 Jan 9, 2007 - Jan 11, 2011 81st   80th (4)   Republican Jacksonville / Cherokee   Anderson, Angelina, Cherokee, Hardin, Henderson, Jasper, Montgomery, Nacogdoches, Newton, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Smith, Tyler
(1) 85th Legislature - Senate President Pro Tempore, Ad Interim R.S., elected 5/29/2017. Senate Journal.
(2) 83rd Legislature - Drawing for Terms of Office, 1/23/2013, SR 36, pp. 81-82. Drew 2-year term. Senate Journal.
(3) 2-year term; entire Senate went up for reelection in 2012 due to redistricting. Texas Constitution Art. III, ยง3, Election and term of office of Senators.
(4) Won election in Democratic primary 3/7/2006; uncontested in general election. Texas Secretary of State - Historical Election Returns, 1992-Current.
 
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Biographical Sketches
  • Biographical sketch, 82nd Legislature. Texas Senate.
  • Biographical sketch and photo. Texas Senators, 80th Legislative Session, 2007.
  • Biographical sketch and photo. Texas Senators, 81st Legislative Session, 2009.
  • Biographical sketch and photo. Texas Senators, 82nd Legislative Session, 2011.
  • Biographical sketch and photo. Texas Senators, 83rd Legislative Session, 2013.
  • Biographical sketch and photo. Texas Senators, 84th Legislature, 2015.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. Robert Nichols, 80th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Robert Nichols, 81st Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Robert Nichols, 82nd Legislature, Texas Senate
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 80th session composite photo of Senate members (Senate chamber, west wall. 2E.8). State Preservation Board.
  • 81st session composite photo of Senate members (Senate chamber, west wall. 2E.8). State Preservation Board.
  • 82nd session composite photo of Senate members (Senate chamber, west wall. 2E.8). State Preservation Board.
  • 83rd session composite photo of Senate members (Senate chamber, west wall. 2E.8). State Preservation Board.
  • 84th session composite photo of Senate members(Senate chamber, west wall. 2E.8). State Preservation Board.
  • Other Resources
  • Only the second person with a beard elected to the Senate in over one hundred years, "New State Senator Shares Weighty Research," 12/8/2006. Quorum Report.
  • Per David Mauzy, Senate Research Center, research memo in Dec. 2006: bearded Senators prior to Robert Nichols were Craig A. Washington who served in the Senate in the 68th-71st Leg., 1983-89; and William Sebastian, 26th-28th Senate 1899-1905. Senate Research Center.
  • Committee Informationtop
    85th R.S. - 2017
    Administration  
    Business and Commerce  
    Employment Practices, Select  
    Finance  
    Transportation (Chair) 
    84th R.S. - 2015
    Finance  
    Intergovernmental Relations  
    Natural Resources and Economic Development  
    Transportation (Chair) 
    Transportation Planning, Select (Chair) 
    83rd R.S. - 2013
    Determine a Sufficient Balance of the Economic Stabilization Fund, Select (Vice Chair) 
    Finance  
    Health and Human Services  
    Intergovernmental Relations (Vice Chair) 
    Natural Resources  
    State Affairs  
    Study the Effects of Border Wait Times, Joint Interim (Co-Chair) 
    Transportation (Chair) 
    Transportation Funding, Expenditures, and Finance, Select (Chair) (Vice Chair) 
    82nd R.S. - 2011
    Alzheimer's Disease, Interim  
    Committee of the Whole Senate  
    Health and Human Services  
    Intergovernmental Relations (Vice Chair) 
    Intergovernmental Relations Subcommittee on Flooding and Evacuations  
    Natural Resources  
    Nominations  
    Transportation (Chair)  
    81st R.S. - 2009
    Committee of the Whole Senate  
    Health and Human Services  
    Intergovernmental Relations (Vice Chair) 
    Intergovernmental Relations Subcommittee on Flooding and Evacuations  
    Natural Resources  
    Nominations  
    Transportation and Homeland Security  
    80th R.S. - 2007
    Health and Human Services  
    Intergovernmental Relations (Vice Chair) 
    Intergovernmental Relations Subcommittee on Flooding and Evacuations  
    Nominations  
    Transportation and Homeland Security  
     

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