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  Kolkhorst, Lois W.
<-  2011-01-01  
NameLois W. Kolkhorst
Address1801 Shady Ln
Brenham, Texas 77834, United States
Born November 04, 1964 (56 years)
Last ModifedRBH
Dec 03, 2014 07:35pm
InfoMember of the Texas House of Representatives, serving House District 13, which includes Austin, Washington, Grimes and Walker Counties. She is responsible for a district of spanning over 3,000 square miles and consisting of 140,000 people. The district stretches from the pine forests of East Texas to the Coastal Gulf Plains.

She is a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, as well as the House Committee on Business & Industry, the Local & Consent Calendars Committee and the House Select Committee on Ethics. Kolkhorst also serves as Chair of Budget and Oversight for the Business & Industry Committee. She was chosen Vice-Chair of the House Rural Caucus, a bipartisan group of lawmakers who focus on issues important to rural Texas. She is also Vice-Chair of the House Caucus on Tourism.

In 2003, Kolkhorst was named to the House Select Committee on Higher Education, where she will foster changes to improve colleges and universities. In 2003 she was also named to the fifteen- member Texas Legislative Council, which is chaired by Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Tom Craddick. Earlier in the year, Texas Governor Rick Perry named Kolkhorst to the Clean Coal Technology Council, a 13-member task force which advises the governor on the feasibility of new technologies for coal-burning energy in Texas. Kolkhorst also serves on a new select interim committee to examine laws and suggest revisions regarding the Texas worker's compensation system.

Beyond her role in drafting the state's $118 billion budget, she has gained accolades for a broad legislative agenda with statewide impact. Kolkhorst has authored and sponsored a long list of bills that tackle issues as varied as criminal justice and prison reforms, education funding, agriculture policies, consumer rights issues, economic development and community housing issues, as well as domestic violence legislation.

The Texas Association of Business presented her with their Fighter for Free Enterprise award, and she was awarded the Freedom & Family Award from Texas Eagle Forum for her focus on family issues. She has been recognized by a variety of local groups within the district.
Prior to her election in November 2000, she served as CEO for the Washington County Chamber and the Economic Development Foundation of Brenham and she has been a longtime advocate for rural economic development issues. She served on the board of the Texas Economic Development Council and the Brazos Valley Workforce Commission. Prior to her election, she was also appointed by Governor George W. Bush to the One-Call Board of Texas.

A native of Brenham and Washington County, she is a 1988 graduate of Texas Christian University, where she received a BS in Advertising and Public Relations. Upon graduation, she spent eight years employed by TCU in athletic administration. An accomplished golfer, Kolkhorst served as a four-year letter winner for the TCU Lady Frog Golf Team and was also named to the Academic All-Southwest Conference Team. Besides the occasional golf game, she enjoys hunting and fishing with her husband, Jim Kolkhorst. They have two children, Lois Kate and Jake. The family lives in Brenham, while they own and operate Kolkhorst Petroleum, based in the nearby city of Navasota.


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