20931 TX-11 E, Winnsboro) as she makes her way through every Texas county to visit voters where they live, and to listen to their concerns.
- Retired Air Force Colonel & Still Serving ...
- Kim Olson’s farming background, 28-year military career, and public service make her exceptionally qualified to lead the economic engine that is Texas agriculture.
- U.S. Air Force – 25 years service, retired Colonel. Among first generation of female military pilots, commanded troops in combat zones, including Iraq, and volunteered 3 years with Texas State Guard.
- Director of HR for Dallas ISD - Oversaw 22,000 employees and 1 billion dollar budget.
- Weatherford ISD Trustee – Earned Texas Outstanding Board of the Year.
- CEO of Grace After Fire – Helped over 6,000 Veteran families and ensured equitable access to care.
- Texas Women’s Hall of Fame - Inducted in 2014 for her public service to Texans.
- 4th Generation Farmer & Educator – Kim, a Master Gardener, lectures on small-scale regenerative agriculture and practices sustainable eco-ag on her family farm where she and her husband, Kent, raise fruits, vegetables, and pecans sold to direct markets, keep beehives for pollination and honey, and restore native grassland.
Kim Olson, Colonel, United States Air Force, retired
Kim Olson,Colonel, United States Air Force, retired, is the Democratic nominee for Texas Commissioner of Agriculture.
During Kim’s 25-year service to the Air Force, she was part of the first generation of female military pilots, with 4,000 hours of flying time and commanding troops in several combat zones, including Iraq.
She later volunteered with the Texas State Guard for three years as Director of IT and personnel systems at their Austin headquarters. Her expertise prepared and trained the 2,300 volunteer military forces who augment state and local authorities during natural and manmade disasters.
Kim is a fourth generation farmer, learning to serve as a steward of our land, air, and water and sharing those lessons with others. On her own family farm in Palo Pinto County, Kim raises vegetables, keeps bees, and cultivates native grasses. She utilizes sustainable, generative practices that ensure that the farm’s resources will be available for future generations of farmers.
Kim was HR director with Dallas ISD, overseeing 22,000 employees and a billion-dollar budget, and she served two terms on the Weatherford ISD Board of Trustees. She authored Iraq and Back, Inside the War to Win the Peace and was President of Grace After Fire to support female veterans returning from combat. Her commitment to Texans earned her an induction into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame.
Kim is dedicated to a sustainable future for agriculture, improving domestic and export markets for our state’s farmers and ranchers, promoting rural development, and ensuring access to healthy food for all Texans.