LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Senator Robert Nichols was awarded the prestigious Silver Bucket award at the 2016 Small Business Forum.
Nichols was elected to the Texas Senate in 2006. Before his senate run, Nichols served as transportation commissioner for eight years under the watch of Governor George Bush. Before becoming a state officials, he served as the mayor of Jacksonville and on city council. Nichols has built four successful manufacturing facilities, earned 32 U.S. patents, 128 foreign patents, and created more than 900 jobs for East Texas families.
Nichols serves as Chairman for the Transportation Committee, serves on the Senate Finance, Natural Resources and Economic Development, and Intergovernmental Relations Committees, a member of the Legislative Audit Committee and a former Vice Chairman of the Sunset Advisory Committee.
"Looking at the people that have received it in the past, they are community builders," Nichols said. "They helped build East Texas and put us on the map. I was real honored to be on that list."