Mississippi Rep. Steve Holland Announces Retirement Due to Dementia Diagnosis

By Geoff Pender, The Clarion-Ledger
March 24, 2017

Jackson, MS - An emotional Rep. Steve Holland on Friday addressed the House, telling his colleagues he has been diagnosed with dementia and plans to retire at the end of this term, after "36 years of consecutive, engaged service."

Holland is known for his fiery, colorful (or off-color) and humorous speeches and comments and for being passionate about public health and other issues. When Democrats controlled the House, he was a longtime top lieutenant and had served as chairman of the Public Health and Agriculture committees. Since the GOP took control of the House in 2011 for the first time since Reconstruction, he's often been a chief rabble-rouser and fly in the Republicans' ointment.

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