CONGRESSWOMAN KIM OLSON
Texas’ 24th District Congressional Candidate
Service: US Air Force
Through her trailblazing military service as an aviation leader, commander and patriot Kimberly D. Olson, Colonel (retired) United States Air Force has reshaped the perception of women serving their country. Today, she is influencing the future of sustainable food production through her Community Supported Agriculture at the 4K River Ranch, Mineral Wells, Texas.
Kim ran for Texas Commissioner of Agriculture in 2018 setting a record for voter turn-out and inspiring Texans to get involved in politics and activism. She advises candidates, speaks to political groups and prepares the next generation of leaders.
Her 25-years in uniform encompassed a time of great change. She was part of the first generation of female military pilots, eventually accumulating nearly 4,000 hours of flying time. As one of the first women to command an operational flying squadron, Kim rose to the rank of Colonel, served in the Pentagon on the Joint Staff, Office of the Secretary of Defense, and the Air Staff and deployed to several combat zones, including Iraq.
As the retired CEO/President of Grace After Fire, a Texas-based nonprofit dedicated to helping women veterans help themselves, she reshaped how care was delivered to thousands of women veterans. Under her leadership, incredible progress was made in lowering homelessness, preventing suicide, and increasing employment among the brave women who’ve served our country. Kim exemplifies those military veterans who continue to serve their communities and their nation and was inducted into the 2014 “Texas Women’s Hall of Fame.”
In working with veterans, nutritious food became the great healer for those struggling with the human heartbreak that is war. Kim, a Natural-Organic Certification from the Texas Organic Research Center and a Texas Master Gardener, provides naturally grown and “beyond organics” food, raises bees, and is committed to sustainable Eco-Agriculture. She grows produce for Texas families, provides training on growing healthy food, and lectures on small scale farming.