Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced this evening that State Senator Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) will serve on four committees during the 84th Legislative Session.

Nichols will serve on the Senate Intergovernmental Relations Committee, Natural Resources and Economic Development Committee and the Finance committee. He will continue to serve as Chair for the Senate Transportation Committee.

“I look forward to continuing my work on both the Natural Resources and Economic Development Committee and the Intergovernmental Relations Committee,” said Nichols. “As Chair of the Transportation Committee, I will bring my experiences with transportation issues to the Finance Committee. I will work with my colleagues to help pass a conservative balanced budget while maintaining essential services and preserving the existing infrastructure to the level Texans expect and deserve, without raising taxes.”

First elected to the Texas Senate in 2007, Robert Nichols represents 19 counties including the greater part of East Texas and Montgomery County.

During his four sessions as a state senator, Nichols authored and passed legislation to protect landowners’ rights, increase educational opportunities in East Texas and reform transportation policies. He has worked to reduce Medicaid fraud, and promote free-market principles. During his time with the Sunset Advisory Committee, he was able to help eliminate six state agencies which saved the tax payers $161.9 million. He has been named a ‘Champion for Children’ by the Equity Center, a ‘Friend of County Government’ by the Texas Association of Counties and a ‘Champion of Free Enterprise’ by the Texas Association of Business.