Government Advocacy for Brenham & Washington County Businesses

The Washington County Chamber has established a package of Policy Statements as authored by the Government Affairs Committee.  These Policies are deemed to be of utmost importance to the local business community and to the economic health of Washington County. 

The Board of Directors encourages Chamber members to take an active role and be involved in government affairs.  The Chamber exists to be the “voice of business” at the local, state and federal level, but members need to stay active by submitting input to the Chamber board and encouraging all employees to vote in elections.  

Click on the PDF link below to view the most current set of Legislative Policies and Priorities:


On November 8, 2016, residents of Washington County will be able to vote on a ballot of federal, state and local level candidates.

Vote Early - at Your Convenience!
You can vote early at the Courthouse Annex at 100 S. Park Street in Downtown Brenham (across the street from the Courthouse). It is the most convenient way to vote.

Early voting hours:
October 24 - 28 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
October 29 (Saturday) 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
October 30 (Sunday) 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
October 31 - November 4 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Local Election Candidate Questionnaires:
In each local election, the Chamber asks questions to candidates for policy-making positions at the city and county level.  The four candidates vying for Washington County Commissioners Court positions were sent this year's questionnaire, and their responses can be read by clicking on their names below:

Don Koester - for Commissioner Precinct 1
Lewis Houser - for Commissioner Precinct 1
Kirk Hanath - for Commissioner Precinct 3
Joanne Doherty - for Commissioner Precinct 3