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Panelist Bio


Ken Hollis
Louisiana State Senate

Ken Hollis was born and raised in Alexandria and attended Louisiana Tech University where he received a degree in Business Administration. Upon completing his studies he entered the insurance field and served as MassMutual's Regional Group Manager until 1981. Hollis then served as MassMutual's General Agent for the State of Louisiana until retiring from that position in January 1998. He is now President and Chief Executive Officer of Hollis Companies which specializes in employee benefits consulting. He is a member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors and Past President of the Employee Benefit Planning Association of Louisiana.

Hollis began his career in public service as a Jefferson Parish Councilman in 1980. He served in that position until 1982 when he was elected to the State Senate to fill an unexpired term. He was unopposed in his bids for re-election in 1983, 1987, 1991 and 1999. He won re-election in 1995 with 80% of the vote and again in 2003 by a substantial margin. Hollis has received numerous public service awards including the Alliance for Good Government's Senator of the Year Award for Jefferson Parish in 1985, 1987, 1993, and 1996 and also the 2000 Legislator of the Year Award from the New Orleans Regional Chamber of Commerce.

In the Senate, Hollis serves as Chairman of the Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee and is a member of the Judiciary "C" and Retirement Committees. He also serves as Chairman of the Senate Select Committee for Oversight of the Greater New Orleans Expressway Commission.

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     02/17 - Black & the Blue

What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve?
Last year’s shooting of an African-American male in Baton Rouge by two white police officers re-ignited a national debate on how law enforcement interacts with minority communities. Nationwide demonstrations were ultimately marred by the targeted ambush of 12 white officers in Dallas and the killing of three members of law enforcement in Baton Rouge. What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve? How can Louisiana’s Capital City productively move beyond these events? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on a special town hall edition, “Black & the Blue” Wednesday, February 22 at 7 p.m. on LPB HD and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Monday, February 20)

Invitation, details and directions (pdf format)

Our panelists will be:
• Fr. Rick Andrus, St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Together BR
• Darrell Basco, state president of Fraternal Order of Police
• Sharon Weston Broome, Mayor-President of Baton Rouge
• Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge; Public Safety Task Force
• Stephanie Riegel; Greater Baton Rouge Business Report

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Reverend Raymond Jetson, pastor of Star Hill Church host the program. Robyn Merrick with the Southern University System and Bob Mann with LSU’s Manship School will moderate the discussion.
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