Senator Jane Nelson believes in fiscally responsible, limited government that focuses on the basics. During her time in the Senate, she has logged an exemplary voting record against irresponsible government spending. In addition, she has proven herself a problem solver and a fighter for the priority issues of North Texas -- education, transportation, economic development and health care.
"I understand that government has a role to play, but the best solutions to problems in our daily lives come from people -- not the Legislature," she said. "As we work to address our public policy challenges -- and we do have them -- we must always remember that every time government expands its reach, some of our own personal and economic freedom is lost in the process. Our freedoms must be cherished and preserved."
As Chairman of the Senate Health & Human Services Committee, she plays a key role in shaping policy on public health, Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program, medical licensing, social services, pharmacy benefits, and protective services for children, seniors and Texans with disabilities. "We have a responsibility to our seniors, children, people with disabilities and other vulnerable citizens," Senator Nelson said. "As we set policies and budgets, we need to think about the people who rely on these services, as well as the people who support them through their hard-earned tax dollars."
Senator Nelson has received widespread praise for her efforts to promote cancer prevention and research, curb domestic violence, reduce childhood obesity, protect Texans with disabilities, reform child protective services, prevent fraud in our social services and expand access to care.