"I want to make sure our kids and grandkids understand the special place in the world they are blessed to call home. Texas was born out of grit and determination, and I'm committed to that same spirit, whether it's honoring our veterans or protecting our history and heritage." -- Lois
*To honor our veterans, Lois helped secure land for the location of the new HEARTS Veterans Museum in Huntsville, as well as a $2 million grant for the facility. She's also championed a "Veteran's Preference" bill to help veterans receive priority for state jobs.
*With the help of thousands of SHSU alumni in 2007, she passed HB 1418 to ensure that dangerous "historical revisionists" can never remove Sam Houston from the school's official name. She's worked to protect institution's rich heritage and ensure that future generations will learn about "The Raven" and his impact on Texas history.
*To promote more local tourism and further protect our local heritage, Kolkhorst worked with the Navasota Blues Festival to write and pass HCR 24, which now establishes Navasota as the Offical Blues Capital of Texas.
*She also wrote and passed HCR 6 to designate Industry, TX in Austin County as the oldest German settlement in Texas.
*To honor the historic Burton community she worked to pass with HCR 71, which designates the Burton Cotton Gin and Museum as the official Cotton Gin Museum of Texas, preserving the agriculture history of Texas for our kids and grandkids.
*Lois fought for funding to ensure that the Star of the Republic Museum at Washington on the Brazos receives the additional $100,000 needed to complete its long-planned interactive visitor upgrades to promote Texas history. With her help, school children across Texas and around the world can visit online and learn about Texas history and find out how and why Texas was formed. Having an online presence will help more visitors plan their trip to the park, and boost attendance at the Birthplace of Texas.