Kolkhorst, Schubert to return to Austin; Bailes wins election to Texas House

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Brazos Valley voters have returned an incumbent state senator and representative to Austin for the upcoming legislative session, while deciding on a new representative for a seat coming open.

The Associated Press projected Republican Lois Kolkhorst would be victorious in her run for a first full term in the Texas Senate representing District 18, which runs from Burleson and Washington Counties in the north to the gulf coast and the Corpus Christi area.

Kolkhorst, who lives in Brenham and co-owns a petroleum company, defeated Libertarian Kathie Stone Tuesday. No Democrats ran for the office.

Kolkhorst first won her seat in the Senate with 55 percent of the vote in a special election in 2014. She filled the unexpired term of Glenn Hegar, who won his race for Texas comptroller. Kolkhorst was elected to the Texas House in 2000 and served District 13 until her victory in the Senate race.

State senators serve four-year terms.

Leighton Schubert won a special election 2015 to fill Kolkhorst's District 13 term. He defeated multiple candidates, including Democrat Cecil Webster. Tuesday, the Republican Schubert and Webster went head-to-head, with Schubert earning the victory, according to the Associated Press' projection.

Schubert is an attorney who lives in Caldwell. Webster is a retired soldier.

District 13 represents Burleson, Grimes, Washington and Austin Counties, among others.

Texas House District 18 represents Walker, San Jacinto and Liberty Counties, and had been represented by John Otto since 2004. Otto chose not to run for reelection.

Tuesday, Republican Ernest Bailes defeated Libertarian Evan Nagel to win a two-year term.

Bailes lives in Coldspring and owns a business focused on whitetail deer genetics.