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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.

Current Topic

     03/18 - Making Schools Safe

Where does Louisiana stand in this national discussion?
The school shooting in Broward County Florida that took the lives of 17 people has reignited the debate over how to make our schools safe. Energized students nationwide are calling for restricted access to certain guns. Congress is considering broader background checks and age limits on gun purchases. President Donald Trump is most enthusiastic about training school staff members to carry concealed weapons.

Where does Louisiana stand in this national discussion? How would gun control proposals affect the 45% of Louisianans who own guns? What mental health services are available to prevent teenagers from acting out violently? What increased security measures should schools take and how much will they cost? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Making Schools Safe” airing Wednesday, March 28 at 7 p.m. on LPB and WLAE in New Orleans. (Taping Tuesday, March 27.)
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