Senator Lois Kolkhorst: District 18

Senator Lois Kolkhorst photo

Occupation: Business Owner & Investor
Education: Texas Christian University, B.S.
Legislative Experience: House Member, 2001 – 2014; Senate Member, 2014 – present
Hometown: Brenham
Party: Republican

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 served twice as a budget committee conferee. She also chaired the Public Health Committee and served on the Sunset Commission, where she cut government waste.

Known for common sense solutions, Kolkhorst has led many statewide initiatives. Protecting property rights, she organized resistance to the Trans-Texas Corridor network of foreign-owned toll roads. She gained statewide attention for crafting alternatives to Obamacare in Texas. Her removal of regulatory barriers for small food producers has sparked a "food freedom" movement across Texas featured in Forbes Magazine. To fight human smuggling and drug trafficking, she helped secure $100 million for border security.

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.


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Icon: Media BroadcastDecember 22, 2014
Oath of Office Ceremony for Senator Lois W. Kolkhorst


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Office Information

Capitol Address Brenham District Address
The Honorable Lois Kolkhorst
P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, Texas 78711
(512) 463-0118
2000 S. Market St. #101
Brenham, TX 77833
(979) 251-7888


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District Analysis: District 18

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