TOPEKA – Senator Tom Holland, of Baldwin City, today officially filed for re-election to the 3rd Senate District, which includes portions of Douglas and Leavenworth counties. He is completing his second term in the Kansas Senate. Holland previously served three terms in the Kansas House of Representatives before being elected to the Kansas Senate in 2008.
“As a pragmatic, common-sense voice of reason in the Kansas Legislature, I have relentlessly fought to protect the needs and values of the people of the Third District against the radical policies of Governor Brownback,” said Holland. “The governor and his legislative allies have made Kansas’ tax structure more burdensome to the middle class, weakened our K-12 schools and higher institutions of learning, devastated social service programs and cannibalized investments in economic infrastructure, particularly transportation.”
As the Ranking Member on the Assessment and Taxation Committee, Senator Holland fought against Governor Brownback’s 2012 and 2013 legislation that created massive income tax breaks for big businesses and the wealthy, jeopardizing the state budget. “Kansas has a sales and property tax problem, not an income tax problem,” said Holland. “To achieve real, sustainable solutions, Kansas needs leaders who will put the needs of their constituents ahead of those of the special interest groups and major political donors, like Charles and David Koch.”
Holland also serves as the Ranking Member of the Commerce Committee and as a member on the Interstate Cooperation Committee, the Federal and State Affairs Committee, and the Joint Committee on Information Technology. Holland is president of Holland Technologies Inc., an information technology consulting firm. He and his wife, Barbara, have been married for over 35 years and have four children. Holland ran unsuccessfully for Governor in 2010.