Here is the press release from my campaign announcement today:
Holland Files for Second Term in Kansas Senate
TOPEKA – Senator Tom Holland, of Baldwin City, today officially filed for re-election to the 3rd Senate District. Holland previously served three terms in the Kansas House of Representatives before being elected to the Kansas Senate in 2008.
“As a representative and now a state senator, I have fought hard to protect the needs and values of our local community,” said Holland. “Given the opportunity, I will continue working to restore adequate funding for public schools. I will vote to fund key investments in our state’s infrastructure including highways, higher education and technical training to move Kansas’ economy forward. I will also work to provide a fair and equitable tax structure that lowers the property tax burden for Kansas citizens and small businesses alike.”
As the Ranking Member on the Senate Assessment and Taxation Committee, Senator Holland fought against legislation that created massive income tax breaks for big businesses and the wealthiest Kansans while simultaneously jeopardizing the state budget. “Kansas has a property tax problem, not an income tax problem,” said Holland. “To offset rising property taxes, I introduced legislation this year that would have provided local communities $180 million in property tax relief over a four year period. This plan would have provided needed help for working families that continue to struggle to pay their bills and put food on the table.”
In addition to serving on the Senate Assessment and Taxation Committee, Holland is also the Ranking Member of the Senate Commerce Committee. He also serves on the Senate Interstate Cooperation Committee, the Senate Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee, and the Joint Committee on Information Technology.
Holland is president of Holland Technologies Inc., an information technology consulting firm. He also serves as advisory board co-chair of the Kansas Small Business Development Center. He and his wife, Barbara, have been married for 31 years and have four children – Thomas, Derek, Brandon and Louisa.