Retired from the U.S. Army as a Lt. Colonel after 20 years


Award-winning Social Studies Teacher at Belton High School


Proven Success in Executive Leadership


In Congress, Kent wants to represent Texas' 31st District with sensible policies that don't leave Americans behind. Kent believes in access to affordable healthcare for all Americans, strong support for our public schools, and a healthy environment for our children to live in while ensuring that our tax dollars are spent wisely.


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January 16, 2018 – Congressional candidate Kent Lester (TX 31) announced Tuesday that his campaign had raised over $200,000, a benchmark that ensures his campaign will be well-funded for the March 6th primary.  Final fundraising reports for the fourth quarter of 2017 are not due till January 31st, 2018 but Lester is releasing his reports early as we head into the most important part of the primary where campaigns are talking to voters.

“For too long, Texans’ have seen their Representative in Congress abdicate his vote to the partisan leadership from Washington, DC.  In 2018 that will end” Lester said.  “Our fundraising haul shows we take this race seriously and we will have the funds to run a professional campaign that communicates with voters through multiple message streams” he added.

Nearly 150 people have contributed to the campaign and Lester still has almost $150,000 cash on hand, an early benchmark of success.

In discussing his message to voters, Lester finished with “Our message to the voters is simple: Leave no one behind is the Army’s motto.  I want to make it America’s mission.  We deserve better out of Washington, DC with its partisan bickering and desire for inside-the-beltway win/loss counts.  For 20 years I worked all over the world to make sure America’s missions were accomplished.  Congress needs more of that Army know-how”

Kent Lester is a 1980 graduate of The United States Military Academy at West Point and retired from the US Army after 20 years of active service as a Lt. Colonel, continuing his families’ tradition of service, which began with his father.  He went on to teach at Belton High School, serving for nearly a decade in the classroom. He and his wife Brigid, also a West Point Graduate who retired from the Army as a Lt Colonel, live in Cedar Park, TX and devote their time to several charities that empower children and women.  They have 5 grown children and 6 grandchildren.  Congressional District 31 includes all of Williamson County and most of Bell county.