Senator Lois W. Kolkhorst is a fifth-generation Texan, with ancestral roots dating to the Texas War of Independence. Born and raised in Brenham, she went on to graduate from TCU where she played collegiate golf.
After serving seven terms in the Texas House, she was elected to the Texas Senate in a special election in 2014, becoming only the 17th female senator to serve since 1845. She proudly represents Senate District 18, which spans 21 counties, covering a third of the Texas coastline and nearly 1 million constituents.
As the Chair of the Committee on Administration, Senator Kolkhorst oversees many administrative functions of the Senate and controls the Local & Uncontested Calendar, where nearly half of all bills are considered each session.
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.
As a member of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, she has passed landmark legislation to toughen medical privacy and promote public health while also frequently collaborating with CASA to protect foster children.
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 Agriculture, Water and Rural Affairs, the Texas Agriculture Policy Board and the Texas Windstorm Insurance Oversight Board.
Known for common sense solutions, 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.
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 Pastor Council 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.