|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Kansas's 5th district
January 3, 1991 – January 3, 1993
|Preceded by||Robert Russell Whittaker|
|Succeeded by||District eliminated in reapportionment following the 1990 Census|
|Born||April 29, 1926|
Fort Scott, Kansas, U.S.
|Died||March 7, 2019 (aged 92)|
McPherson, Kansas, U.S.
|Alma mater||Kansas State University|
In 1986, Nichols was stabbed by a man aboard the Staten Island Ferry while a tourist with his wife in New York City. He fully recovered from his wounds and was visited by Mayor Ed Koch in the hospital.
Nichols was elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Second Congress (January 3, 1991–January 3, 1993), representing Kansas's 5th congressional district. He narrowly beat future FDIC Chairwoman Sheila Bair in the Republican primary.