Following a teaching career which began in 1965 and after six years of public service as a county commissioner, David Hollister was elected to the position of State Representative from Lansing's 57th District (now the 69th District) in 1974 and served until December 1993. He was elected Mayor of Lansing in November of 1993, and was re-elected to a second four-year term which began on January 1, 1998. In November, 2001, Mayor Hollister was elected to a third term of office.
As a State Legislator, Mr. Hollister served as a member of the House Appropriations Committee where he co-chaired the Subcommittees on Social Services and Mental Health. In addition, he served on the Appropriation Subcommittees of Public Health, School Aid/Department of Education, and Transportation. Mr. Hollister also was a member of the Task Force for Investment Budgeting and Michigan's Future, and chaired the Job Academy Subcommittee of this Task Force.
In his legislative role, Mr. Hollister was active in working on public health issues concerning indigent health care, AIDS, long-term care, certificate-of-need and cost containment for hospitals and nursing homes, organ transplantation, toxic waste, infant mortality, substance abuse, domestic violence, emergency shelter and food. In the area of social services, Mr. Hollister played a key role in the Michigan Legislature on issues such as child care, homelessness, energy assistance and weatherization programs for low income and public assistance recipients, and employment and training programs for welfare recipients. In the area of mental health, he was a leader and advocate in the shift from institutional to community care.
Mayor Hollister has been invited to speak to the Michigan EPFP Fellows for the past 15 years and is consistently rated as one of our most popular and important policy resources. He was awarded the Institute for Educational Leadership's National Leadership Award at the 2000 Michigan EPFP Alumni Seminar.
Fellows should refer to the Michigan EPFP 'Links and Publications' page to review Mayor Hollister's WebBook, "On Organizing."