On Saturday, March 3, the Texas State Rifle Association (TSRA) presented State Senator Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) with the Doc Brown Legislator of the Year Award.
In the 85th Texas Legislative Session, Nichols authored and passed Senate Bill 16, which lowered License to Carry fees in Texas. Gov. Greg Abbott signed the bill into law in the summer of 2017.
“With what was one of the highest fees in the nation to obtain a license to carry, an undue burden had been imposed on Texans rights to obtain a license to carry,” said Nichols. “By lowering the fee, we have made it more affordable to exercise their Second Amendment rights. I am grateful to TSRA for this honor, and thankful to Governor Abbott, Lt. Governor Patrick and my colleagues in the Legislature for helping to pass this important piece of legislation.”
Senate Bill 16 lowered the first-time fee for a license to from $140 to $40, making it one of the lowest in the country. At $40, the fee covers the necessary costs by the state for county, state and federal background checks. The renewal fee was also lowered from $70 to $40.
“I want to thank Senator Nichols for his hard work during the 85th Legislative Session,” said Texas State Rifle Association Executive Director Vicki Huyge. “He has consistently supported the TSRA since being elected to the Legislature.”
First elected to the Texas Senate in 2007, Robert Nichols represents 19 counties including Anderson, Angelina, Cherokee, Hardin, Henderson, Jasper, Nacogdoches, Newton, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby and Tyler counties, and portions of Montgomery and Smith Counties.
In the Texas Senate, Nichols serves as Chairman for the Transportation Committee. He also serves on the Senate Finance, Administration and Business and Commerce Committees. He is a member of the Legislative Audit Committee and currently serving his third term on the Sunset Advisory Committee.
During his six 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.
Nichols was designated as a Champion for Children by the Equity Center and a Fighter of Free Enterprise by the Texas Association of Business, and a Top 10 Best Legislator for the 85th Legislative Session by Texas Monthly Magazine.
Officially filing for re-election for a fourth term in the Texas Senate in 2017 for the upcoming May 2018 election, Nichols won his first term as a Texas Senator in 2006, when he ran unopposed after winning the Republican primary, replacing Republican Todd Staples, who ran for Texas Land Commissioner.
He won re-election in 2010 by defeating Libertarian David Scott, and well as in 2014 by defeating J. Tyler Lindsey.
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.
After his time as mayor of Jacksonville, Nichols was appointed to a six-year term in 1997 as Texas Transportation Commissioner by then-Governor George W. Bush, a position he was reappointed to in 2003 by then-Governor Rick Perry until he resigned to run for the Senate District 3 seat.
During the 85th Legislature in the Texas Senate, Nichols was unanimously voted as the Texas Senate President Pro Tempore.
“Serving the people of Senate District 3 is a tremendous honor and I ask for their support so we can continue to work to make our state’s government more efficient and accountable,” said Nichols. “I’ve done my best to serve the district, and I think my record speaks to the strong conservative values of the people I represent. It’s a privilege to ask for their vote.”
For more information about Nichols and his campaign, call (903) 586-1200 or visit www.nicholsforsenate.com.