Texas governor picks veteran GOP lawmaker for elections job


              FILE - Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks before signing Senate Bill 1, also known as the election integrity bill, into law in Tyler, Texas, Sept. 7, 2021. Abbott on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022, named Jane Nelson, a longtime GOP lawmaker with a record of bipartisan appeal, as his choice to become the state's new election chief after facing blowback and scrutiny over his past picks to oversee voting. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
            
              FILE - Chairman Jane Nelson gestures as she introduces SB19 during the Senate Finance Committee at the Capitol on July 22, 2017 in Austin, Texas. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022, named Nelson, a longtime GOP lawmaker with a record of bipartisan appeal, as his choice to become the state's new election chief after facing blowback and scrutiny over his past picks to oversee voting. (Deborah Cannon/Austin American-Statesman via AP, File)
            
              FILE - Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, front center, is flanked by state Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, front left, and Rep. Greg Bonnen, R-Friendswood, front right, with others looking on as he signs a bill that provides additional funding for security at the U.S.-Mexico border on Sept. 17, 2021, in Fort Worth, Texas. Abbott on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022, named Nelson, a longtime GOP lawmaker with a record of bipartisan appeal, as his choice to become the state's new election chief after facing blowback and scrutiny over his past picks to oversee voting. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
Texas governor picks veteran GOP lawmaker for elections job