The Texas Senate on Wednesday confirmed former state Sen. Jane Nelson of Fort Worth as secretary of state in a unanimous vote that avoided another embarrassment for Gov. Greg Abbott, whose last three nominations to the position never received confirmation.
Nelson, a Republican, served in the Senate for 30 years before deciding not to seek reelection last year. In her decadeslong career, she became the longest-serving Republican woman in the Senate and the first woman to lead the powerful Senate Finance Committee, which writes the state’s budget.
In a statement after her confirmation, Nelson thanked her former colleagues and Abbott and said she planned to “work every single day on behalf of the people of Texas.”