Personal Profile

Full Name Lois Kolkhorst
Age 51
Race White
Occupation Business Owner and Investments
Education B.A., Texas Christian University
Spouse: Jim
Religion Lutheran
Church St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Brenham, TX

Lois W. Kolkhorst is the Texas State Senator for District 18, elected in 2014.

She is serving as the vice chair of the Health & Human Services Committee. She also sits on the Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs, Education Finance and Transportation committees.

Kolkhorst previously served 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.

Kolkhorst has led many statewide initiatives. Protecting property rights, she organized resistance to the Trans-Texas Corridor network of foreign-owned toll roads. She has 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.

She graduated from TCU where she played collegiate golf.

A Brenham native, Kolkhorst is a fifth-generation Texan, with ancestral roots to the Texas War of Independence.

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.

Information in this bio was provided by Kolkhorst's office.
Last updated: March 22, 2015.