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Lois W. Kolkhorst

Occupation: Business Owner

Education: B.S., Texas Christian University

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 dating back to the Texas War of Independence. Married to her high school sweetheart Jim, she is a dedicated mother and small business owner. Born and raised in Senate District 18, she attended public schools before graduating from Texas Christian University, where she was a four-year letter winner on the Lady Frog golf team.

Growing up in the small town of Brenham, Kolkhorst was taught strong family values and the importance of hard work at an early age. Her father served in the Navy during World War II and afterwards, became a dentist and raised cattle. One of her favorite childhood memories is of her time working cattle and hunting on the family farm, which is still owned by her family today.

Her professional career began in athletic administration at TCU, prior to her and her husband relocating to their hometown of Brenham to start a number of small businesses. Senator Kolkhorst also served as the President and CEO of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce and the Brenham Economic Development Foundation before being elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 2001.

In 2014, after seven successful terms in the Texas House, she was elected to the Texas Senate in a special election, becoming only the 17th female to serve in the Texas Senate since 1845. Encompassing nearly one million constituents, Senate District 18 spans all or parts of 21 counties and covers one-third of the Texas coastline.

As Chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, Senator Kolkhorst sets public health policies, and oversees physicians and licensed health professionals. Senator Kolkhorst has created new initiatives that improve women's health and maternal mortality rates. She has worked with hospitals to see that they provide better care for high-risk pregnant women and newborns, and created an innovative funding method for newborn screenings in Texas. She has also worked closely with advocates to protect abused children and reform our foster care system.

Additionally, Senator Kolkhorst serves on eight other committees in the Texas Senate, including the Senate Committee on Finance, the Senate Committee on Nominations, the Senate Committee on Transportation, the Senate Committee on Water and Rural Affairs, the Health & Human Services Transition Legislative Oversight Committee, the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas Advisory Committee, the Texas Infrastructure Resiliency Fund Advisory Committee, and the Select Committee on Texas Ports.

Known by her colleagues for being a hard worker, Kolkhorst has passed legislation that impacts every code of Texas law, ranging from classrooms to cattle rustling. During the most recent 86th Legislature that ended in 2019, Kolkhorst authored and passed 107 bills, many of which focused on Hurricane Harvey recovery to help her severely impacted district. She also helped secure more than $3 billion for Harvey repairs and flood mitigation across her vast coastal district.

A longtime voice for private property rights, Senator Kolkhorst has worked with agriculture and land owner groups to stop eminent domain abuse. To protect and increase funding for our state parks and historic sites, she authored Prop 5 in 2019, which passed statewide with overwhelming support. She has also led efforts to enhance Texas roads, ports and trade corridors as a member of the Senate Transportation Committee, delivering millions of dollars in funding for the state highways across her district.

As a supporter of the education community, her efforts over the years have earned her both the “Legislator of the Year” by the Texas Association of College Teachers and the “Friend of Education” award from Sam Houston State University College of Education. Recently she championed school finance reforms in 2019 that resulted in over $11 billion in student funding, teacher pay raises, and local property tax rate reductions. She also backs efforts to support the Teacher Retirement System.

The daughter of a veteran, Senator Kolkhorst has worked to see that our men and women in uniform receive the support they deserve, such as property tax exemptions for disabled veterans and additional funds for the Texas Veterans Commission. She has also collaborated with groups like the American Legion to pass legislation to help them expand their fundraising capabilities.

A recipient of the Legislator of the Year Award from the Sheriffs Association of Texas, Senator Kolkhorst is a vocal supporter for peace officers and first responders. Along with helping to secure nearly $3 billion for border security, Senator Kolkhorst has worked with local law enforcement to shut down criminal smuggling networks and develop sensible solutions to the mental health crisis that crowds our jails.

She has received accolades for her work from the Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers, Texas Farm Bureau, Texas Wildlife Association, the NRA, CASA, the Texas Medical Association, the Texas Hospital Association, the Texas Nurses Association, and the Texas DPS Officer Association, among many others.

Senator Kolkhorst and her husband are blessed with two children, Lois Kate and Jake. A frequent volunteer at her church, Senator Kolkhorst also enjoys hobbies such as hunting, fishing and gardening.

Office Information
 

Capitol Address District Address
The Honorable Lois Kolkhorst
P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, TX 78711

(512) 463-0118 (TEL)
Brenham District Office
Cheryl Tiemann, District Director
Betty McCarty, Legislative Aide

2000 S. Market St. #101
Brenham, TX 77833

(979) 251-7888 (TEL)
District Address District Address
Fort Bend District Office
Paula Gibson, District Director

22310 Grand Corner Dr., Suite 120
Katy, TX 77494

(281) 394-5610 (TEL)
Victoria District Office
Jill Fox, District Director

5606 North Navarro #300M
Victoria, TX 77904

(361) 573-7300 (TEL)