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Democratic state Sen. Tom Holland of Baldwin City may run for governor

42nd District state Rep. Connie O'Brien and State Sen. Tom Holland speak at a January 2009 legislature update event hosted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9271 in Tonganoxie.

42nd District state Rep. Connie O'Brien and State Sen. Tom Holland speak at a January 2009 legislature update event hosted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9271 in Tonganoxie.

January 20, 2010, 2:51 p.m. Updated January 20, 2010, 4:37 p.m.


Democratic state Sen. from Baldwin City may run for governor

State Sen. Tom Holland, D-Baldwin City, said Wednesday that he may run for governor. Enlarge video

State Sen. Tom Holland, D-Baldwin City, has defeated two Republican incumbents in his political career.

Not many Kansas Democrats can say that in this Republican-rich state.

On Wednesday, Holland said that he may run for governor.

“I’m actively considering it,” he said.

If he won the Democratic nomination, he would presumably face U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., a well-financed politician who has a presidential run on his resume.

Could Holland, who has little name recognition outside his northeast Kansas district, mount a credible challenge?

“Tom Holland is a tough competitor,” said Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley of Topeka. “He puts his heart and soul into campaigns.”

Holland said he would make a decision soon.

Just 10 months from the November election, the Kansas Democratic Party is in need of a candidate.

Gov. Mark Parkinson, who came into office when former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius was selected to run the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has said he will not run for election. Kansas Democratic Party Chairman Larry Gates also considered running but took himself out of contention. Retired businessman Tom Wiggans, who only recently moved to Kansas, jumped into the race with Gates’ blessing, but then bowed out after news reports about a legal settlement involving his drug company raised questions.

Holland said he was not running simply to be a placeholder for the Democratic Party.

“If I made a decision to run, it will definitely be to win,” he said.

Holland represents the 3rd Senatorial District, which includes part of Douglas County, all of Jefferson County and Leavenworth County, except the cities of Leavenworth and Lansing. It covers the northern third of Lawrence and the communities of Baldwin City, Basehor, Easton, Eudora, Grantville, Linwood, McLouth, Meriden, Nortonville, Oskaloosa, Ozawkie, Perry, Tonganoxie and Valley Falls.

In 2008, Holland defeated incumbent Republican Roger Pine for the state Senate seat. In 2002, he defeated incumbent Republican Ralph Tanner for a House seat.

Holland is an information technology consultant. He and his wife, Barbara, have four children.

Last year, Holland was highly critical of the Kansas Technology Enterprise Corp., which was established to promote technology-based development. Holland and some other legislators said KTEC had lost its effectiveness. Lawmakers considered abolishing the agency, but then decided to fund it at a lower level. Later, Holland was appointed to serve on the KTEC board.

While in the House, Holland introduced and helped pass several tax cuts for senior citizens and businesses.


coldandhot 8 years, 5 months ago

Is this a joke? Holland would not make a good candidate. He would be using this to get his name out there across the state. He has no qualifications to be governor. Another Obama qualifications-wise.

We need someone who will lead amid this crisis. Someone who will fight for our liberty.

And I'm not sure Brownback is the answer.

happy_go_lucky 8 years, 5 months ago

O stop. Go to your own convention. Leave the inteligent people alone until the election.

Steve Jacob 8 years, 5 months ago

Didn't a state senator just beat an attorney general in Massachusetts yesterday? A state senator is more then qualified to be a governor. At this point, any democratic state senator that takes the time to run ti OK in my book.

avoice 8 years, 5 months ago

srj: Are you aware that Tom Holland has been a State senator for just one year? Prior to that he served in the House from 2003-2008.

happy_go_lucky: inteligent???? Not very.

Richard Heckler 8 years, 5 months ago

What experience will Sam Brownback bring to the state of Kansas?

The republican party are masters at putting millions upon millions upon millions of people out of work. AND stealing taxpayers retirement plans along the way.

Repubs do with a remarkable degree of consistency is wreck the economy,initiate huge movements of shipping jobs abroad aka the Reagan-Bush Global Economy and try to wreck social security and medicare.

Is there a definite pattern? Absolutely!

  1. The Reagan/ Bush Home Loan Scandal

  2. The Bush/Cheney Home Loan Scandal

  3. What did Bush and Henry Paulson do with the bail out money?

  4. Why did GW Bush Lie About Social Security?( This would cost taxpayers $4 trillion and wreck the economy)

  5. Still A Bad Idea – Bush Tax Cuts

  6. The "tea parties" BTW are part of the wreckanomics program funded by the Koch Brothers... well known oil billionaires. These thinkers back a tax payers bill of rights which is another scheme to reward the upper 1% which is designed to wreck local and state governments.

All of the above displays reckless economic behavior that which drains the cookie jars. Now the only way to get them revenues back is to take them back.

What do Reagan,Bush and Bush republicans plan for 2010. Start the typical repub character assassination campaign which in essence is a massive cover-up scheme for the financial disasters that illustrate how the repub are NOT financial giants of our time have screwed up USA economics for the past 30 years.

Think about it. In the past 30 years the repub party has been in involved two major home loan scandals that effectively took the USA economy down the tubes. One is too damn many but twice represents repub economic policy. Wreckanomics is a failed economic policy. In fact wreckanomics is beginning to smell like well planned crimes.

Steve Jacob 8 years, 5 months ago

Between this and the homeless shelter stories, lots of Bush-Chaney stuff today. They have been out of office for a year today, at some point, you have to blame others.

kansasmutt 8 years, 5 months ago

I would love to hear what he has to say and go from that point. I would rather see him unknowing before i vote for a repub :-)

straightforward 8 years, 5 months ago

Considering democrats think G W Bush was a stupid idiot, you folks sure give him a lot of credit for pulling off a pretty elaborate plan.

Merrill, you should read your link to the "Bush/Cheney home loan scandal". Not one time does it mention Bush or Cheney. That article blames Greenspan for keeping rates so low, credit rating agencies for disguising the risk mortgage-backed securities and the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 for encouraging house flipping. None of those were Bush's fault. My only problem with that article is it doesn't blame the individuals who didn't make their house payments.

Maybe instead of worrying about what the "Reagan, Bush and Bush Republicans" are planning for 2010, you should look at the housing bubble being created right now. The 1st time homebuyer tax credit and historically low rates are a short-term solution that will drastically decrease demand for new housing over the next 15 to 20 years, preventing a full economic recovery.

Tom McCune 8 years, 5 months ago

I would vote for a ham sandwich if it ran against Brownback, and I'm not a Democrat....

frank mcguinness 8 years, 5 months ago

Well Well Comrade Red Looser....

You must have forgot that "As of August 12, 2007, in the 110th Session of Congress, Brownback has missed 123 votes due to campaigning (39.7 percent)" when he ran for the presidency in the republican primary.

Another Hypocritical comment from a republican Looser.

Grump 8 years, 5 months ago

Please run Mr. Holland. I'm a Republican, and you've got my vote.

verity 8 years, 5 months ago

Run, Tom, run.

I'll campaign for you.

Anybody but Brownback.

63BC 8 years, 5 months ago

The folks on this board need to move out of their parents' basements and quit multi-posting.

Like most Kansans with a job, I've voted for Brownback before and will again.

friendlyjhawk 8 years, 5 months ago

Kansas would suffer even more if Brownback was elected. Be line having Phil Kline as the governor. Or Fred Phelps. Or Jim Ryan.

leedavid 8 years, 5 months ago

Go Tom Holland Go! Leave!

Tom Holland has nothing to offer. We are broke we need leadership not Tom Holland. He is a nobody.

notajayhawk 8 years, 5 months ago

beobachter (Anonymous) says…

"I don't care what his experience is ... He has my vote."

Ah, the same imbecilic 'logic' that got Obama elected.

Luckily, with yesterday's election results in Massachusetts, it appears the country is beginning to realize that 'I don't care if he's qualified, I just don't like the other guy' is an immature, blatantly stupid, and/or seriously naive political philosophy.

Flap Doodle 8 years, 5 months ago

I see the linkbot has woken. Fear his mad copy/paste skillz!

Richard Heckler 8 years, 5 months ago

The Bush Cheney scandal began to unravel with the republican administration running the show and being the watch dog that turned a blind eye. There was no other admin in office... it was Bush- Cheney

Then there was Watergate a high crime under Richard Nixon.

There there was the Savings and Loan scandal under Reagan Bush that stole tons of retirement accounts thus sending golden agers back into a thin job market.

Then there was the Iran Contra secret weapons deal under Reagan-Bush. Yes a secret weapons deal with the Iran government hmmmmmmm.

HIgh crimes and fraud have long history with this repub party. It is beyond me how much voters just simply sweep under the rug and then wonder why crime and fraud never go away. The people that run the party behind the scenes has not changed since Reagan. The thinking has not changed since Reagan-Bush.

While Reagan was making people laugh the first home scandal was taking place,Iran Contra was taking place and the Reaganomic/Wreckanomics was being put into place thus millions upon millions upon millions were on their way to china. The means for the USA to create new wealth with blue and white collar workers as the engine was destroyed = wreckanomics.

matchbox81 8 years, 5 months ago

ComradeRedRooster (Anonymous) says… "Tom Holland would provide a document to every undocumented worker. A higher tax on alcohol and cigarettes. A tax and registration on firearms. A tax on non-profits. A tax on military retirements."

...and I'm sure ComradeRedRooster has proof supporting every allegation, and that he's not just trying to scare us to vote for Brownback....

Richard Heckler 8 years, 5 months ago

AS for some other juicy weapons deals in quite recent history repubs are never short on quiet deals to our so called enemies. It's anything for a buck and shareholders:

Flap Doodle 8 years, 5 months ago

Ya think this dude will invite Dear Leader to come & stump with him?

happy_go_lucky 8 years, 5 months ago

@ notajayhawk

Actually the "i just dont like the other guy" is a completely valid political theory. You vote for the lessor evil. If Sam Brownback is a complete failure as a human being(in reality) I and any person capable of thought would rather vote for any other person, so that Brownback would not win.

Strictly speaking, Brownback is the proverbial 2 steps back. As they old expression goes, I'd vote for a red dog, instead of him.

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