Lois Kolkhorst

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Lois W. Kolkhorst
Texas Senate, District 18, including Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Caldwell, Calhoun, Colorado, DeWitt, Fayette, Goliad, Gonzales, Jackson, Lavaca, Lee, Matagorda, Refugio, Victoria, Waller, Washington and Wharton counties and a western portion of Fort Bend County
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 13, 2015
Preceded by Glenn Hegar
Texas State Representative for District 13 (Austin, Burleson, Colorado, Fayette, Grimes, Lavaca, and Washington counties)
In office
2001–2015
Preceded by Charles B. Jones
Succeeded by Leighton Schubert
Personal details
Born (1964-11-04) November 4, 1964 (age 50)
Brenham
Washington County
Texas, USA
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) James Darren "Jim" Kolkhorst
Children Lois Kate and Jake Kolkhorst
Residence Brenham, Texas
Alma mater Texas Christian University
Occupation Businesswoman
Religion Lutheran Church
Senator Kolkhorst won the special election on December 6, 2014, for the Texas Senate District 18 seat being vacated by incoming Texas State Comptroller of Public Accounts Glenn Hegar.

Lois W. Kolkhorst (born November 4, 1964)[1] is a businesswoman in her native Brenham, Texas, who is a Republican member of the Texas State Senate.

She was elected to the state Senate from the 18th District in a special election held on December 6, 2014,[2] to choose a successor to incoming Texas State Comptroller of Public Accounts Glenn Hegar.

Early years[edit]

Kolkhorst, maiden name missing, is a 1988 graduate of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, at which she studied advertising and public relations and played on the women's golf team.[1]

Political life[edit]

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 three times 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.

In the 2013 legislative session, Kolkhorst voted to ban abortion after twenty weeks of gestation and to increase medical requirements on abortion providers. She voted to provide marshals for security in the schools. She voted to extend the franchise tax exemption to Texas businesses. Kolkhorst voted to require testing for narcotics of those receiving unemployment compensation. Kolkhorst voted for Texas to not enforce federal firearms regulations. Kolkhorst also supported allowing college and university officials to carry concealed weapons on campus in the name of security. In 2013, she worked closely with Texas Governor Rick Perry and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz to reject a push by members of the Texas Legislature to expand Medicaid in Texas. She has been named among the "Ten Best Legislators" by Texas Monthly magazine.[3]

In 2013, Kolkhorst received an 83 percent favorable rating in regards to civil rights measures. Phyllis Schlafly's Eagle Forum has presented her with their "Freedom and Family Award, which was presented to her by Cathie Adams, the former state chairman of the Texas Republican Party. The Young Conservatives of Texas gave her their endorsement for in 2014. Empower Texans presented her with the Legislative Freedom Fighter Award for her ongoing work to champion conservative issues for all Texans. Her race for Senate District 18 in 2014 received the endorsement of outgoing Governor Rick Perry, incoming Governor Greg Abbott, and Comptroller Glenn Hegar, among others.

Personal life[edit]

Kolkhorst and her husband, James Darren "Jim" Kolkhorst (born 1965), have two children, Lois Kate and Jake Kolkhorst.[1] Though they reside in Brenham, the couple owns and operates Kolkhorst Petroleum in Navasota in Grimes County.[3] The company was founded by Jim Kolkhorst's father, James Henry "Bubba" Kolkhorst.

She is a member of the St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Brenham.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Lois Kolkhorst's Biography". votesmart.org. Retrieved February 20, 2014. 
  2. ^ Kolkhorst Wins Special State Senate Election
  3. ^ a b "Lois Kolkhorst Biography" (PDF). Legislative Reference Library. Retrieved February 20, 2014. 
  4. ^ "State Rep. Lois Kolkhorst District 13 (R-Brenham)". The Texas Tribune. Retrieved February 20, 2014. 
Texas House of Representatives
Preceded by
Glenn Hegar
Texas State Senator for District 18, including Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Caldwell, Calhoun, Colorado, DeWitt, Fayette, Goliad, Gonzales, Jackson, Lavaca, Lee, Matagorda, Refugio, Victoria, Waller, Washington and Wharton counties and a western portion of Fort Bend County

Lois W. Kolkhorst
2015–

Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Charles B. Jones
Texas State Representative for District 13 (Austin, Burleson, Colorado, Fayette, Grimes, Lavaca, and Washington counties)

Lois W. Kolkhorst
2001-2015

Succeeded by
Leighton Schubert