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Tom Holland discusses first year in Senate

Sen. Tom Holland, top right, of Baldwin City, has completed his first session as a Kansas state senator. His 3rd Senate District includes the cities of Basehor, Tonganoxie, McLouth, Eudora and Baldwin City. Holland is pictured earlier this year on the Senate floor with other Senate Democrats.

Sen. Tom Holland, top right, of Baldwin City, has completed his first session as a Kansas state senator. His 3rd Senate District includes the cities of Basehor, Tonganoxie, McLouth, Eudora and Baldwin City. Holland is pictured earlier this year on the Senate floor with other Senate Democrats.

June 4, 2009

Q: What is it like being a new senator for Kansas?

A: It has been very enjoyable and very challenging at the same time. I have learned so much since I began, and the work has certainly kept me busy. But I have been enjoying it very much.

Q: How do you feel about the 2010 state budget?

A: I don’t think anyone is completely happy with the way everything turned out. Obviously, it’s a tough time. We had some very difficult choices to make, and we chose the least offensive path. I voted for the package I thought would do the least long-term damage. No one’s totally happy, but we did what we could to prevent long-term problems.

Q: Were you pushing for any items during the legislative session that were not approved?

A: I was disappointed that we were unable to do more to change caps on disability funding. I hate to see people fall through the cracks, and I wanted to be able to help our workers here in Kansas. We started some discussion on the subject, but not a lot of progress was made.

Q: What is one thing that makes you proud coming out of the 2009 session?

A: I’m proud of my involvement with Kansas Technology Enterprise Corporation. I’m on the board of directors for KTEC now, and we’ve started making some positive changes with it. It’s a great corporation, and I’m excited about the work I will be able to do with it.

Q: Are you working on any projects for the immediate future?

A: There are always projects to push for later. This session was about familiarizing myself with the Senate and my fellow senators. This has been a learning experience for me, and it’s given me some valuable knowledge.

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