is the current chairman of the Utah Democratic Party
. He was first elected in 2005, and reconfirmed in 2007.
Holland was born in 1958
, a copper
mining town a few miles west of Salt Lake City
. He graduated from Cyprus High School
. Then he attended Utah State University
, University of Utah
, and Antioch University
, with a major in Labor Economics and Labor Law
. He is married and has two sons.
Holland grew up in a family deeply involved in politics. His grandfather was an activist in the Democratic Farmer Labor Party of Minnesota, and his father was an engineer and a Union representative
. In high school he was class president
and involved in social-service organizations. As a college student he became chief labor liaison in the political campaigns
. He supported himself by working in the copper mines during summer-school breaks. In 1982, he was appointed president of Front Lash, a major labor organization of union members and college students dedicated to engaging young Americans in political processes, and had to face the problems associated with unemployment of copper miners. He organized fundraisers
for the Polish Union organization Solidarnosc
and for the Anti-Apartheid
movements in South Africa
. He held that position for nine years. During this period he negotiated for USW (United Steel Workers
) 117 bargaining agreements and arbitrations. He handled over 140 district cases, especially at Kennecott
mines. He was able to win the 83% of the cases.
He was then selected as a “Young American Leader" by the United Nations and participated as a delegate in foreign exchange projects focusing on political, social, and economic studies. In that capacity he met political leaders in several foreign countries, including Germany, Sweden, England, and Chile.
Focus on health care
Over the years, Holland has learned that most negotiations involve health insurance
issues. He believes these issues can be best resolved through political processes.
Holland’s political hero is Robert Kennedy
, because he was dedicated to solving the enormous problems faced by the lower class
, both at the national and at the international level, despite his upperclass background.