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 Nichols2 days ago
During the regular session, the Legislature passed Senate Bill 30, the supplemental appropriations bill. That bill included $1.1 billion for school safety initiatives, mostly focused on improving infrastructure at Texas schools. Learn more about five things happening in Texas: https://bit.ly/47Umh8F.
Senator Robert Nichols
Senator Robert Nichols3 days ago
As cold temperatures set in, it's crucial to take steps to prepare your home for the winter season. Planning ahead and implementing preventive measures can greatly improve safety indoors and on the road. Learn more about safety tips: https://bit.ly/47RM15O.
Senator Robert Nichols
Senator Robert Nichols4 days ago
The Texas Mobile STEM Lab, in collaboration with the Texas Education Agency and Learning Undefeated has captivated over 16,000 K-8 students with hands-on science, tech, engineering, and math experiences. I encourage teachers and students to stop by the mobile lab this week in Burkeville, TX for an educational experience!
Senator Robert Nichols
Senator Robert Nichols5 days ago
Our mom-and-pop shops are the heartbeat of our town, contributing not only to our economy but also to the unique character that makes Lufkin special. Let's continue to show our appreciation for their dedication and hard work by shopping locally year-round!
Senator Robert Nichols
Senator Robert Nichols1 week ago
Happy Small Business Saturday! We're grateful for the local businesses that contribute to our community's economy year-round. I hope you'll join me in showing appreciation by shopping locally!
Senator Robert Nichols
Senator Robert Nichols1 week ago
Wishing you and your loved ones a joyful and Happy Thanksgiving! May this holiday season bring you warmth and blessings.





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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.