Rep. Lois Kolkhorst received recognition from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) for her work to advance the fight against cancer in Texas. A member of the Texas House of Representatives, Kolkhorst received the award for her leadership in helping to pass the landmark reforms for the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) in 2013 and securing funding to ensure its research can continue.
“Representative Kolkhorst worked to make sure Texas remains a leader in cancer research and prevention. The impact of her leadership will benefit cancer patients for generations to come,” said Cam Scott, Texas government relations director for the ACS CAN.
In 2007, Texas voters approved the creation of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas and authorized a $3 billion investment in the fight against cancer over 10 years. CPRIT provides funds for groundbreaking cancer research and leads the state’s efforts on cancer prevention and early detection. All CPRIT-funded research is conducted by Texas-based scientists, so the agency also has significant impact on the Texas economy, including the creation of over 24,000 new jobs resulting directly and indirectly from the activity and investments of this institute.
“I’m proud of the work we’ve done to improve CPRIT and I’m honored to receive this award,” Kolkhorst said. “I’m committed to seeing that Texas remains a world leader in cancer research and CPRIT goes a long way in making that happen.”
Lois W. Kolkhorst is a Chair of the House Committee on Public Health who 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.
For six years Kolkhorst worked on the House Appropriations Committee, managing and directing funds for public schools, community colleges, universities, and medical schools. A successful business owner, she’s been awarded for her work by the National Federation of Independent Business and the Texas Association of Business. As a champion for state sovereignty and constitutional issues, she’s received awards from groups like the Texas Eagle Forum and Empower Texans.
American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network is the nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy partner of the American Cancer Society, supports evidence-based policy and legislative solutions designed to eliminate cancer as a major health problem. This society works to encourage elected officials and candidates to make cancer a top national priority and gives ordinary people extraordinary power to fight cancer with the training and tools they need to make their voices heard.