The Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce’s Governmental Relations Division will host Legislative Update and Preview with Senators Lois Kolkhorst and Joan Huffman, on Wednesday, Nov. 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, 445 Commerce Green Blvd., Sugar Land.
Kolkhorst is a fifth-generation Texan with ancestral roots to the Texas War of Independence. In December 2014, Kolkhorst was elected to the Texas Senate in a special election, after previously serving 14 years in the Texas House.
Recognized as a fiscal conservative, she is a member of the Senate Finance Committee, and has served three times on the state’s budget conference-committee, most recently during the final negotiations on the states $209 billion budget passed in 2015. She also serves as vice chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services and has written landmark legislation to toughen Texas laws on medical privacy. She earned statewide attention for crafting alternatives to Obamacare for healthcare providers.
Kolkhorst is a member of the Senate Committee on Education, and is considered a longtime friend to parents and teachers as well as colleges and universities. Representing all or part of 21 Texas counties, she serves on the Senate Transportation Committee as well as the Senate committees on agriculture, water and rural affairs, drafting many laws to protect private property rights.
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. Her fight to remove regulatory barriers for small food producers has in recent years sparked a “food freedom” movement across Texas that was featured in Forbes Magazine.
Her longtime efforts to promote Texas tourism earned her the Texas Tourism Industry Association’s statewide Silver Spur Award.
The Legislative Update and Preview is sponsored by Memorial Hermann, Wharton County Junior College, and Texas State Technical College.
Sen. Huffman was first elected to the Texas Senate in 2008 after winning a special election to fill the vacated office of Senate District 17 and has been twice re-elected. Her background and knowledge on various topics has allowed for her to serve on several key committees which impact the overall operation and efficiency of state government. She currently serves as Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on State Affairs, Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Criminal Justice, and is a member of the Senate Committee on Finance and the Legislative Budget Board.
Huffman’s common sense approach to solving issues has allowed for her to build strong relationships with members of both parties, which enables her to represent the needs of her district and her constituents efficiently and effectively. Her leadership has been acknowledged by numerous advocacy groups. She was named a “Champion for Free Enterprise” by the Texas Association of Business, a “Taxpayer Champion” by Texans for Fiscal Responsibility and a “Big Voice for Little Texans” by Court Appointed Special Advocates for her work to protect children. She was also named a “Patient Care Champion” by the Harris County Medical Society and is the only repeat recipient of the Texas District and County Attorneys Association’s “Law and Order Award” since its inception, for her efforts to improve victims’ protections and the criminal justice system.
Huffman lives with her family in Houston and proudly represents a diverse district that includes portions of Brazoria, Fort Bend and Harris counties.