Ethics Explorer A Guide to the Financial Interests of Elected Officials

Sen. Lois Kolkhorst District 18 (R-Brenham)

Industry
Business Executive, Oil & Gas
Education
B.A., Texas Christian University
Spouse
Jim
Committees
  • Administration (Chair)
  • Agriculture, Water and Rural Affairs
  • Finance
  • Health & Human Services
  • Transportation
Financial Statements

Sources of Income

  • Kolkhorst's family owns Kolkhorst Petroleum in Navasota, though she says she has no day-to-day contact with the business. In April 2016, Kolkhorst Petroleum sold 14 of their Rattlers Convenience Stores to Sunoco LP. The deal also included the sale of their wholesale motor fuel distribution business. They still own and operate the commercial fuel, bobtail and lubricant parts of the business.

  • She and her husband Jim own Kolkhorst Foods LLC, which operates five Burger King locations

Property

  • Residence in Brenham valued at $265,220

  • Rattlers Convenience Stores located in six counties throughout Central, including Austin County

  • Burger King Properties in Brazos County

Analysis

  • Kolkhorst receives campaign funds from the convenience store and gas station lobby, and she and her husband own a petroleum business and several parcels of land that include gas stations.

  • In the past, she has voted against fuel alternatives. In 2011 she voted against SB 1125, which set goals for energy efficiency incentives. That same year she voted against HB 3310, which would have created incentives for purchasing fuel-efficient electric and gas-powered vehicles. She also voted against HB 3308, which would have allowed electric cars to use high-occupancy vehicle lanes regardless of occupancy.