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November 11, 2013

State Rep. Kolkhorst addresses Blinn students in Veterans Day event

College’s person of the year discusses importance of Veterans Day and leadership

State Rep. Lois KolkhorstState Rep. Lois Kolkhorst can’t express enough gratitude for the veterans who have demonstrated leadership and commitment while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. As part of Blinn College’s Veterans Day celebration Monday, she challenged students to demonstrate those same attributes in their daily lives.

Kolkhorst spoke to students on the College’s Brenham campus Monday about the meaning of Veterans Day and the importance of leadership in everyday life. The College’s Phi Theta Kappa honor society and Student Government Association sponsored the event.

“We are so appreciative of Rep. Kolkhorst joining us on campus on Veterans Day,” said PTK President William Ferguson. “She’s a very humble individual and we’re grateful she took time out of her schedule to speak with us.”

Kolkhorst, who serves District 13 in the Texas House of Representatives, spoke of former military members she has met through her time in office and how they’ve helped shape her life and time in office.

“Give thanks to the veterans who have served our country, because we can never repay them for their service,” Kohlkorst told the audience.

Kolkhorst stressed the importance of being a leader – much like the veterans who fought on behalf of their nation.

“I tell my kids each day, ‘Be a leader today,’” she said. “Being a leader could be a Friday night with your friends who are about to make a bad decisions and saying, ‘Let’s not do that tonight.’

“Nothing can stop you from being a leader if you set your mind to it.”

Kohlkorst was named the College’s person of the year and was inducted into its Hall of Honor in October for her contributions to the community. As Chair of the House Committee on Public Health, she oversees the state's health care system and sets priorities for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. She is also a member of the House Committee on County Affairs, where she helps solve challenges facing the state's 254 counties.

Kolkhorst spent six years on the House Appropriations Committee, managing and directing funds for public schools, community colleges, universities and medical schools. As an advocate for education issues, she has been honored by both the Texas Retired Teacher Association as well as the College of Education at Sam Houston State University for her longtime support of teacher and classroom issues.

Phi Theta Kappa and the Student Government Association are two of 31 student organizations on the Blinn – Brenham campus. These student-run clubs include honor societies as well as political, professional, religious, service and social organizations. For more information, visit: www.blinn.edu/sla.