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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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08/16 - Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference (encore)

What difference has a decade made?

Due to severe flooding in Baton Rouge and the surrounding communities, the recording of “Black & The Blue,” which was to be the August episode of Louisiana Public Square, was cancelled. Instead we will be broadcasting an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference.” More information, including broadcast dates and times, is below.

“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference”
Eleven years ago, Hurricane Katrina swept through Southeast Louisiana, triggering what would become the nation’s costliest disaster. Less than a month later, Hurricane Rita inundated Southwest Louisiana forever altering the landscape. The storms uprooted residents, while the rest of Louisiana and its neighboring states welcomed them with open arms.
What affect did the storms have on economic development along the I-10 corridor? Just over a decade later, how have public services changed? How prepared is Louisiana to handle hurricane evacuees? And how did the hurricanes change the demographics of the state?
This month Louisiana Public Square takes a look at where the state is now on an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” airing Wednesday, August 17 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, August 21 at 11 a.m. on LPB HD.

The panelists are:
· Andy Kopplin, Office of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu
· Paul Rainwater, Rainwater Consulting, LLC
· Stephanie Riegel, Greater Baton Rouge Business Report
· Nihal Shrinath, The Data Center

The program includes interviews with Jason El Koubi, One Acadiana; Chris Guilbeaux, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP); Kathy Kliebert, Secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals; Allison Plyer, Executive Director of the Data Center; John White, State Superintendent of Education; and Christopher Bohnstengel and “Byrdie” Lane, owners of Byrdie’s Gallery and Café in New Orleans.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney, and Kim Hunter Reed,Ph.D., who served in the Blanco administration during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, moderate the discussion.
“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” will also air in New Orleans, on WLAE. It can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

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