DAVID C. HOLLISTER

Mayor, City of Lansing
9th Floor, City Hall
124 West Michigan Avenue
Lansing, Michigan 48933-1694

 

David C. Hollister has dedicated his life to public service. He began his career as a high school teacher in the 1960s after graduating with honors from Michigan State University. His political career began during his tenure as a teacher in the Lansing Public Schools, when he was elected in 1968 as an Ingham County Commissioner, serving through 1974. He was instrumental in recruiting, organizing, and training local Democratic candidates and played a key role in moving the commission from two Democrats when he was elected, to majority Democratic control, which continues to this day.

In 1974 David Hollister launched a successful campaign for the Michigan House of Representatives, where he served until 1993. As a State Representative, Hollister quickly became recognized as one of the top ten legislators, serving on the powerful Appropriations Committee for 16 years and chairing the Appropriations Subcommittee on Social Services for over a decade. He also served on the Mental Health, Public Health, and Education appropriations subcommittees. Hollister authored over twenty public acts (laws) in his career and played a key role in developing most major social, mental health, and public health policy while in the legislature.

In 1993, Mayor Hollister ran a successful campaign for Mayor of the City of Lansing and was re-elected in a landslide victory in 1997. As Mayor, Hollister has created a vision that Lansing become a "World-Class City." To achieve this goal, he developed a three-part strategy of economic development, neighborhood improvement, and infrastructure investment.

Hollister's recent successes have included building a new regional transportation center downtown, bringing minor league baseball to Lansing, and striking a new partnership with the State of Michigan that includes new buildings for the Legislature, the Supreme Court, and various other departments. Regional partnerships have been created to enable Jackson National Life to locate its world headquarters in Lansing and the Governor's Club to build a new golf course and upscale housing development in the area. One of the most exciting successes for the City was the recent commitment by General Motors to consolidate the Eldorado, Malibu, and Powertrain operations in Lansing and build two new assembly plants in the area - a feat achieved through the coordinated cooperation of regional governmental units, business interests, and labor unions.

Mayor Hollister's plans for the future of Lansing include more focus on high technology, biogenetics, E-commerce, small diversified business, and the implementation of a plan to revitalize the City's downtown shopping district. Also top on the agenda are community-wide efforts on school improvement and plans for a new performing arts center downtown.