BRENHAM, TX—This morning State Representative Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham) launched her campaign for Texas Senate District 18.
Surrounded by family, Kolkhorst welcomed a large crowd of supporters, some travelling as far as two hours to be part of the event. Speaking from the steps of the Washington County Courthouse in downtown Brenham, Kolkhorst declared her intention to run.  
“This election is about our families and our future,” commented Kolkhorst. “Texas faces many challenges like water, transportation, education and the crisis at the border. I have a proven record of tackling the hard issues head on. As Texans, we can solve our problems together and provide for a vibrant economy and a great place to raise our families. But this is also about the future of our country. The Federal Government continues to push down rules without Congress’ approval, which is wrong and can no longer be tolerated. Texas must stand up and push back against the overreach of programs like Obamacare, an ignored border, and the federal overtake of our public schools, water and electricity.”

“As a multi-generation Texan, and as your elected voice, we will stand together and the people will be heard,” continued Kolkhorst.  “We will fight for the solutions of a responsive and smaller government that was envisioned by our founding fathers. In my 14-years of serving, never has there been a greater need or crisis at hand.  I stand ready to represent the values, culture, and challenges of this 21-county district. We are Texas. This is why I am announcing my intention to run for the Texas Senate.”
Senate District 18 is currently held by State Senator Glenn Hegar (R-Katy). As the Republican nominee for Texas Comptroller, a victory in November would trigger a special election for his Senate seat.

Rep. Lois W. Kolkhorst is a member of the Texas House of Representatives, serving House District 13, which includes Austin, Burleson, Colorado, Fayette, Grimes, Lavaca and Washington Counties. She currently serves as Chair of the House Public Health Committee.  Lois and her husband Jim have been married for 27 years and have two children, Lois Kate and Jake. The Kolkhorst Family own and operate Kolkhorst Petroleum and several other companies in the area.

Senate District 18 includes all or parts of 21 counties including Aransas, Austin, Burleson, Calhoun, Colorado, De Witt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Goliad, Gonzales, Harris, Jackson, Lavaca, Lee, Matagorda, Nueces, Refugio, Victoria, Waller, Washington, and Wharton.