Kenneth Lamar Holland
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from South Carolina's 5th district
January 3, 1975 - January 3, 1983
|Thomas S. Gettys|
|John M. Spratt, Jr.|
|Born||November 24, 1934|
Hickory, North Carolina
|Alma mater||University of South Carolina|
Holland was born in Hickory, North Carolina. He attended public schools in Gaffney, South Carolina and served in the National Guard from 1952 to 1959. He entered college at the University of South Carolina, earning an AB in 1960 and an LL.B. in 1963. During his time at the university, Holland was a member of the Euphradian Society. He was admitted to the South Carolina bar in 1963 and began the practice of law in Camden, South Carolina.
He served as a delegate to the South Carolina State Democratic conventions from 1968 to 1972. He was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1968. From 1971 to 1973 Holland worked as a member of the State Board of Municipal Canvassers, serving as the body's chairman. He then served on the state Highway Commission from 1972 to 1975.
He was elected as a Democratic candidate from South Carolina's Fifth Congressional District to the 94th (and to the three following) Congresses, serving from January 3, 1975 to January 3, 1983. Holland's 1976 re-election was by a close (51% to 48%) margin over the Republican Party candidate, South Carolina Gamecocks baseball coach and former Major League Baseball player Bobby Richardson. Holland was not a candidate for reelection in 1982 to the 98th Congress, instead choosing to return to work as a lawyer. Holland was succeeded in Congress by John M. Spratt, Jr.
Holland indicated on February 7, 2006, that he was planning on entering the Democratic primary for the 2006 race for Governor of South Carolina, but then dropped out a month later citing money problems and pledging to refund the contributions he had received to date.
Holland is currently a resident of Gaffney.
|U.S. House of Representatives|
Thomas S. Gettys
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 5th congressional district
John M. Spratt, Jr.
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