AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, announced Monday, July 5 she will not seek re-election in 2022.

“It has been a great honor to represent our community in the Texas Senate. I promised to listen, work hard, and deliver results and have strived to fulfill that pledge. Our accomplishments have improved the lives of Texans, which makes me proud,” said Senator Nelson. “I love my constituents, my staff, and my colleagues in the Senate and owe them, as well as my family, a debt of gratitude. As this chapter closes, you can count on me to keep working to build a better Texas.”

State Senator Jane Nelson of Flower Mound in 2019 (CBS 11).

Currently in her tenth term, Senator Nelson has served for 28 years — the most for any Senate Republican.

In 1992, she became the tenth woman, and the third Republican woman, elected to the Senate, according to a statement released on her website.

In 2019 she was first woman to preside over opening day of the Texas Senate.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick released the following statement regarding Sen. Nelson’s announcement:

“Jane Nelson is a great state senator whose 28 years of service, hard work and dedication to our state will be felt by Texans for years to come. I appointed Jane to serve as my Finance Chair – the first woman to ever be appointed to that position on a permanent basis. I needed someone I could trust without question to work with me on crafting the budget each session. She did the lion-share of the work and she always worked with distinction. Few realize that writing a $125 billion annual budget for the 9th largest economy in the world is not limited to a legislative session. It is a full-time project that requires constant focus and attention. Thanks to her vigilance, Texas has remained fiscally strong even during difficult times. She is a respected leader in the Senate.

“Jane has always been a trailblazer, and as the ranking Republican in the Senate, she played a key role in helping to move our party from the minority to the majority. It is hard to overestimate the positive impact of Jane’s service to the state of Texas and I know Texans are grateful. She is the finest Finance Chair in Texas history. She will be missed by me and the 30 other Senators on so many levels. She was a mentor to me and made me a better Senator and Lt. Governor. She is my friend.

“I have asked her to stay on as Chair through the end of 2021. I wish her the best in the next chapter of her life.”

CBSDFW.com Staff