About Senator Nichols

Representing the citizens of Texas State Senate District 3

First elected to the Texas Senate in 2007, Robert Nichols represents 18 counties including the greater part of East and Southeast Texas.

In the Texas Senate,  Nichols currently serves as Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee. Senator Nichols also serves on the Business and Commerce, Finance, Local Government, and Select Redistricting Committees. He is a member of the Legislative Audit Committee and a former Vice-Chair of the Sunset Advisory Commission.

During his nine 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 also worked to reduce Medicaid fraud and promote free-market principles. He was designated as a Top Legislator by Texas Insider, a Champion of Free Enterprise by the Texas Association of Business, a Courageous Conservative by the Texas Conservative Coalition, a Champion for Public Education by Raise Your Hand Texas, and a Top 10 Best Legislator for the 85th and 88th Legislative Sessions by Texas Monthly Magazine. 

Before running for Senate, Nichols served as transportation commissioner for eight years where he established a reputation for increasing efficiency without compromising quality.

Nichols is a businessman from Jacksonville, Texas. In his hometown, he served on city council, was elected mayor, built four successful manufacturing facilities, earned 32 U.S. patents and 128 foreign patents, as well as creating more than 900 jobs for East Texas families.

Working his way through college by selling fireworks and ironing clothes for other students, Nichols earned a bachelor’s degree from Lamar University in 1968. He married his high school sweetheart, Donna, and they are the proud parents of three children: Brittney, Joshua, and Collynn’rae. He is a member of the First Methodist Church in Jacksonville.


Senator Robert Nichols
Senator Robert Nichols3 weeks ago
Exciting updates from Lamar State College Orange! They're repurposing the historic First Baptist Church of Orange into a modern Student Success Center. Renovations will honor the building's heritage while enhancing student services. Read more: https://bit.ly/4ayM9II.
Senator Robert Nichols
Senator Robert Nichols3 weeks ago
It was a privilege to address Jacksonville-College Jaguars's Webb Historical Society's 46th annual Manley Distinguished Lecture Series. Thank you for the invitation!
Senator Robert Nichols
Senator Robert Nichols3 weeks ago
Last week, I had the opportunity to meet with local leadership in Athens. Thank you for an insightful conversation and warm welcome!
Senator Robert Nichols
Senator Robert Nichols4 weeks ago
On this day in 1836, Texans made history with their victory at the Battle of San Jacinto. Let's remember their fight for freedom and honor their legacy.

Happy San Jacinto Day!
Senator Robert Nichols
Senator Robert Nichols4 weeks ago
Last month, we received exciting news as Dr. Neal Weaver was named the sole finalist for the presidency at Stephen F. Austin State University. With over 33 years in education, his leadership promises to bring valuable insights to our community. Welcome, Dr. Weaver! Read more: https://bit.ly/4ayM9II.
Senator Robert Nichols
Senator Robert Nichols1 month ago
National Lineman Appreciation Day recognizes the brave men and women who keep our communities powered and connected. Thank you, Texas linemen, for your dedication and hard work!





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Phone: (903) 586-1200
Fax: (903) 586-7877
Email: info@nicholsforsenate.com

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 2347
Jacksonville, Texas 75766

Physical Address:
214 East Commerce Street
Jacksonville, Texas 75766


Texas Sen. Robert Nichols is a devoted husband and father who shares our conservative East Texas values. Sen. Nichols cares deeply about Texas and our country.