Lois Kolkhorst

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Lois Kolkhorst
Member of the Texas Senate
from the 18th district
Assumed office
January 13, 2015
Preceded byGlenn Hegar
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from the 13th district
In office
2001–2015
Preceded byCharles B. Jones
Succeeded byLeighton Schubert
Personal details
Born
Lois Winkelmann

(1964-11-04) November 4, 1964 (age 55)
Brenham
Washington County
Texas, USA
NationalityAmerican
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)James Darren "Jim" Kolkhorst
Children2
ResidenceBrenham, Texas
Alma materTexas Christian University
OccupationBusinesswoman

Lois Winkelmann Kolkhorst (born November 4, 1964)[1] is an American businesswoman and politician. She is a Republican member of the Texas State Senate. She was first elected to the state Senate from the 18th District in a special election held on December 6, 2014.[2]

Early life[edit]

Kolkhorst grew up in Brenham, Texas and is a graduate of Brenham High School. She 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][3]

Before joining the Texas Senate, she served as president and CEO of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce.[3] She also served seven terms in the Texas House representing House District 13, which included counties Austin, Burleson, Colorado, Fayette, Grimes, Lavaca, Washington.[3]

Political career[edit]

Kolkhorst represents the 18th District in the Texas Senate, a seat she won in 2014 in a special election in an election to choose a successor to Glenn Hegar, who had resigned to become Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. The district serves Victoria, Texas and stretches from Corpus Christi north to near Bryan.[3]

As the Chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, Senator Kolkhorst leads one of the most influential Senate committees responsible for setting public health policy for the state, regulating physicians and other healthcare professionals, and providing legislative oversight to state agencies and boards including the Health & Human Services Commission, Department of Family & Protective Services and the Texas Medical Board among many other health-related licensing agencies. She has passed landmark legislation to toughen medical privacy and promote public health while also frequently collaborating with CASA to protect foster children.

Recognized as a fiscal conservative, she is a member of the Senate Finance Committee, and holds the distinction of being the only lawmaker in Texas history to serve twice in both the House and Senate as a member of the Budget Conference Committee to write the final version of the state budget.

Senator Kolkhorst serves on the Senate Transportation Committee as well as the Senate Select Committee on Texas Ports. A longtime advocate for private property rights, she is a member of the Senate Committee on Water and Rural Affairs, the Texas Agriculture Policy Board, the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas Advisory Committee, and the Texas Windstorm Insurance Oversight Board. As a member of the Committee on Nominations, Senator Kolkhorst works to vet and confirm appointees proposed by the Governor.

Senator Kolkhorst has led statewide initiatives and written bills that impact every code of Texas law, including calls for government transparency and reduced regulations for small farm and food producers. To fight human trafficking and drug smuggling, she has helped secure nearly $2 billion for border security.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Kolkhorst and her husband, James Darren "Jim" Kolkhorst, have two children.[1] Though they reside in Brenham, the couple owns and operates Kolkhorst Petroleum in Navasota in Grimes County.[3][5] 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.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Lois Kolkhorst's Biography". votesmart.org. Retrieved February 20, 2014.
  2. ^ Blanchard, Bobby (Dec 7, 2014). "Kolkhorst Wins Special State Senate Election". The Texas Tribune. Retrieved Feb 10, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e Allbright, Claire. Lois Kolkhorst, a rising star in the Texas GOP, won't back down, Victoria Advocate, May 21, 2019.
  4. ^ "The Texas State Senate – Senator Lois Kolkhorst: District 18". senate.texas.gov. Retrieved Feb 10, 2019.
  5. ^ "Lois Kolkhorst Biography" (PDF). Legislative Reference Library. Retrieved February 20, 2014.
  6. ^ "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