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July 31, 2023

Hollis to Seek Seat on State Education Board

               State Rep. Paul Hollis (R-Covington) will be a candidate for the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE), vying to succeed District 1 Member Jim Garvey.  District 1 includes all of St. Tammany Parish, and portions of Jefferson and Orleans Parishes. Garvey is completing his fourth term and is not seeking reelection.

               Holliis, 51, is completing his third term representing House District 104, which is in central St. Tammany Parish. He has most recently served on the House Committees on Commerce, Insurance and Retirement. He holds a degree from LSU in political science, and is a small business owner and author.

               “As a husband and father, I want the best opportunities for my children and for all the families of Louisiana,” Hollis said. “As a business owner, I want a strong education system that cultivates talent and builds a healthy workforce to keep our state’s economy moving in the right direction. I’ve been honored to serve House District 104, and hope the voters will choose me to follow in Jim Garvey’s extraordinary footsteps.”

               “There’s no question that Paul Hollis is the right person to succeed me on BESE,” Garvey said. “Paul has proven his values, his dedication to hard work, and his commitment to the families of Louisiana. I’m happy to see him announce his candidacy, and have offered him my full support.”            

               BESE sets policy and establishes the Minimum Foundation Program (MFP) formula each year, ensuring local education is properly and adequately funded by the state.

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