Senator Lois W. Kolkhorst is a fifth-generation Texan, with ancestral roots to the Texas War of Independence. A Brenham native, she went on to graduate from TCU where she played collegiate golf.
In 2014, Kolkhorst was elected to the Texas Senate in a special election, after previously serving fourteen years in the Texas House. Senator Kolkhorst serves as Chair of the Senate Committee on Administration, where she works closely with Lt. Governor Dan Patrick supervising the many day-to-day functions of the Senate. The Administration Committee controls the Local & Uncontested Calendar, where over half of all bills are considered during the legislative session.
Recognized as a fiscal conservative, she is a member of the Senate Finance Committee, serving three times on the powerful budget conference committee. Senator Kolkhorst is a member of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services where she has written landmark legislation to toughen medical privacy and earned nationwide attention for crafting alternatives to Obamacare.
Representing all or part of twenty-one Texas counties, she serves on the Senate Transportation Committee as well as the Senate Select Committee on Texas Ports. Authoring many laws to protect private property rights, Senator Kolkhorst serves on the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water and Rural Affairs and the Texas Agriculture Policy Board.
Known for common sense solutions, Kolkhorst has led many statewide initiatives and written bills that impact every code of Texas law. She made national news for organizing resistance to the Trans-Texas Corridor network of foreign-owned toll roads.
To fight human smuggling and drug trafficking, she has helped secure over $900 million for border security, and has served on the Texas Sunset Commission, where she cut government waste and worked with law enforcement to reform the Texas Department of Public Safety. She has frequently collaborated with CASA and has received their statewide award for her efforts to protect foster children.
Senator Kolkhorst has repeatedly been awarded and endorsed by the Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers, Texas Farm Bureau, Texas Wildlife Association, National Rifle Association, Texas DPS Officer Association and the Texas Association of Business among many others.
Married to her high-school sweetheart Jim, together they have two children, Lois Kate and Jake. Her hobbies include hunting, fishing and gardening. She is a frequent volunteer at her local church.