Senator Lois Kolkhorst: District 18
Occupation: Business Owner & Investor
Education: Texas Christian University, B.S.
Legislative Experience: House Member, 2001 – 2014; Senate Member, 2014 – present
Senator Lois W. Kolkhorst is a fifth-generation Texan, with ancestral roots to the Texas War of Independence. A Brenham native, she went on to graduate from TCU where she played collegiate golf.
In December 2014, Kolkhorst was elected to the Texas Senate in a special election, after previously serving 14 years in the Texas House. Recognized as a fiscal conservative, she is a member of the Senate Finance Committee, and has served twice on the state's budget conference-committee. She also serves as Vice-Chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services and has written landmark legislation to toughen Texas laws on medical privacy.
Senator Kolkhorst is also a member of the Senate Committee on Education, and is considered a longtime friend to parents and teachers as well as colleges and universities. Representing all or part of 21 Texas counties, she also serves on the Senate Transportation Committee as well as the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water and Rural Affairs and has drafted many laws to fight eminent domain abuses.
Known for common sense solutions, Kolkhorst has led many statewide initiatives and written bills into law that impact every code of Texas law. Protecting property rights, she made national news for organizing resistance to the Trans-Texas Corridor network of foreign-owned toll roads. She also earned attention for crafting alternatives to Obamacare for Texas healthcare providers. Her fight to remove regulatory barriers for small food producers has in recent years sparked a "food freedom" movement across Texas that was featured in Forbes Magazine.
To fight human smuggling and drug trafficking, she helped secure $100 million for border security, and she has served on the Texas Sunset Commission, where she cut government waste and worked with law enforcement officials to reform and realign the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Married to her high-school sweetheart Jim, together they have two children, Lois Kate and Jake. Her hobbies include hunting, fishing and gardening. She also coaches Youth Basketball and is a volunteer at her church.
[Press Archives: 2015 | 2014]
January 24, 2015
Senator Lois W. Kolkhorst Receives Five Senate Committee Appointments
January 15, 2015
Senator Kolkhorst Appointed to Senate Canvassing Committee
December 22, 2014
Oath of Office Ceremony for Senator Lois W. Kolkhorst
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| Capitol Address
|| Brenham District Address
| The Honorable Lois Kolkhorst
P.O. Box 12068
Austin, Texas 78711
|2000 S. Market St. #101
Brenham, TX 77833
| Fort Bend District Address
| 22310 Grand Corner Dr., Suite 120
Katy, TX 77494
84th Session Committee Membership
District Analysis: District 18