Nelson Jarrin is a husband, father, community leader, lifelong Republican, and candidate for the Texas House of Representatives. An attorney with over a decade of experience in law and public policy, Nelson provides legal counsel for a national communications firm. Nelson previously spent six years working for a nonprofit dedicated to improving mental health services in Texas.
From 2013-2015, Nelson served as the Legislative Director and General Counsel for Texas State Senator Charles Schwertner, M.D. (R-Georgetown) where he helped guide the Senator's legislative agenda in the Texas Legislature. Before joining Schwertner’s team, Nelson served as an attorney at the Texas Legislative Council, the nonpartisan state agency that supports the members of the Texas Legislature by drafting proposed legislation and amendments.
Nelson was born in Beaumont, Texas and raised in the suburbs of Houston. Nelson’s father and grandparents legally immigrated to the United States from Ecuador and worked to instill the values of hard work and perseverance in Nelson at a young age. When Nelson was six years old, his father died of a sudden heart attack. Nelson was forced to grow up quickly and become the man of the house, while his mother worked nights and weekends at a local department store.
Nelson’s mother would later marry a man who became Nelson’s second father and helped raise him as his own. His stepfather built a career in the trucking and logistics industry and taught Nelson the family business firsthand, beginning with loading and dispatching trucks. By the age of 21, Nelson had worked his way up to Director of Administration, responsible for supervising 19 employees across four offices and overseeing operations for a logistics company with nearly $15 million in annual revenue.
Nelson earned his law degree from the University of Notre Dame Law School, where he graduated magna cum laude and served as President of the Hispanic Law Students Association. Before law school and his work in the private sector, Nelson graduated summa cum laude from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in economics.
Nelson is a graduate of Leadership Round Rock, a volunteer soccer coach, and active member of the local community. He lives in Round Rock with his wife of 15 years, Kristin, a registered nurse, and their young daughter, Noelle, who attends public school in Round Rock ISD. Nelson and Kristin are both strongly pro-life, having suffered six heartbreaking miscarriages before being blessed with their miracle baby, Noelle, in 2013. They attend Celebration Church in Williamson County.