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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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10/16 - Election 2016

What concerns are on citizens’ minds as they go to the polls this fall?

The presidential election may be getting all of the attention, but Louisiana residents will be making several important decisions at the ballot box in November. The U.S. Senate seat left up for grabs by retiring Sen. David Vitter has drawn a field of 24 candidates. Louisianians in the south- and northwest parts of the state will also be voting on congressmen. So, what national concerns are on citizens’ minds as they go to the polls this fall? What statewide issues should be on the mind of Louisiana’s next Congressional leaders? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Election 2016” Wednesday, October 26 at 7p.m. (Taping Tuesday, October 25)

Our Panelists:

• Elizabeth Crisp / The Advocate
• Greg Hilburn / Gannett Newspapers
• Martin Johnson, Ph.D. / LSU Manship School of Mass Communication
• Albert Samuels, Ph.D. / Mandela School of Public Policy, Southern University

• Patricia Smith / Guest Moderator / College of Government and Social Sciences, Southern University

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