Jason Nelson is a former Representative of the Oklahoma House of Representatives. Over the course of his four terms in the Legislature, he was recognized as a knowledgeable and effective leader on a wide range of children's issues, including education and human services. In 2010, Nelson led the bipartisan effort to pass the Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Act, which allows students with special needs to use a portion of their state education money at a qualified private school of their choice. This law was the first of its kind passed in Oklahoma. In 2011, he led a bipartisan working group in an unprecedented review of the Department of Human Services child welfare system. The group's work resulted in sweeping reforms during the 2012 session. A constitutional amendment proposed by the group was also approved by voters that year abolishing the DHS Commission. In 2016, Nelson led the successful bipartisan effort to require insurance coverage for the diagnosis and medically necessary treatment of children on the autism spectrum. Nelson most recently served as House Majority Floor Leader and on several committees including the House Appropriations and Budget Committee, the Rules Committee and the Common Education Committee. Nelson has had a varied career in the public and private sector, including time on the staff of former Governor Frank Keating. Nelson and his wife, Lori, have two children: Benjamin, 13, and Grace, 10.
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