The elevation of Texas Sen. Jane Nelson to be the Senate’s chief budget writer is imminent, according to a well-placed Capitol source.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is telling people he’s decided to name Nelson, R-Flower Mound, to be chairwoman of the Senate Finance Committee, the source said. The appointment should occur any day now, the source added.
Sen. Dan Patrick, the Houston Republican who defeated Dewhurst in the GOP runoff for lieutenant governor, has hinted for months that he would name Nelson to be the head of the chamber’s Finance Committee. The powerful panel writes the Senate’s version of the two-year state budget and decides on tax policy as well.