I am running for US Senate in Kansas because as a father, a pastor, and a mayor, I put people over politics.
I come from a Kansas family that is committed to community service. My father is a pastor who taught me the value of working for all people, especially those in greatest need. My mother is a teacher who taught me the value of public education and using our gifts to improve the community.
I worked to honor my family legacy of service as mayor by creating jobs and economic growth in Kansas City. During my tenure, we brought in $2.8 billion in private investment for new industries and opportunities. We also rolled out innovative solutions to community problems to make government more efficient and more effective for everyone. I worked to honor my family legacy of service as pastor by serving all people outside the church and working for ordination and marriage for the LGBTQ community within our church. Community Service drives my leadership.
We need elected leaders who are focused on serving the community, not simply their own re-election. Our current U.S. Senator, Jerry Moran, has put partisan politics above our democracy by refusing to hold people accountable for telling lies about our elections, rioting in our Capitol, assaulting police officers, and threatening harm to the former Vice President of the United States. Jerry Moran has refused to stand up to the conspiracy theories about Covid 19 and our life-saving vaccines. Jerry Moran put politics ahead of Kansas jobs by voting against the bi-partisan infrastructure bill that is bringing $3.8 billion for Kansas roads, bridges, and broadband access. For 20 years, Jerry Moran has been in Washington DC following the political winds for re-election, rather than leading for Kansas values. The last thing Kansas needs is another weathervane.
I will serve the community by supporting real wages for workers, funding rural and urban hospitals, and our public schools. I will hold people accountable for the lies that harm our health and our democracy. I will support smart infrastructure investments that bring jobs and grow our businesses. I will continually look forward for new industries and opportunities that benefit Kansas.
Most importantly, I will work to fundamentally change the toxic and dysfunctional political environment in Washington DC that has alienated so many Americans. If we want to change politics, we need to elect community servants, not career politicians.
“Few are willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of their colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change a world that yields most painfully to change.”
- Robert F. Kennedy
Day of Affirmation Address
University of Cape Town, South Africa
June 6, 1966
Aug 22, 2022
Kansas Democrat Mark Holland not interested in being footnote to history in U.S. Senate race. Holland takes moderate message statewide in bid to unseat GOP’s Jerry Moran
Democrat Mark Holland said he wouldn’t be deterred by political math resulting in Republicans winning every Kansas election for U.S. Senate since 1939.
Aug 4, 2022
To win the U.S. Senate election, Kansas Democrats say they need to 'get more personal'
While Republican Sen. Jerry Moran has the clear advantage in November's election, Democratic nominee Mark Holland says he's not giving up on rural Kansas — and plans to visit all 105 counties before Election Day.
Feb 8, 2022
Senate hopeful pays visit to Iola
Mark Holland, seeking to become the the state's next U.S. senator, was in Iola Monday to visit with Allen County Democrats. Holland will likely face incumbent Jerry Moran in November.
Jan 18, 2022
Senate candidate speaks to local Democrats
Gathering in the Galena Community Room, the Cherokee County Democratic Central Committee met to rally behind a number of 2022 candidates, and welcomed speaker U.S. Senate candidate Mark Holland. The Kansas native and Methodist reverend got right in to relating to the crowd.
Jan 9, 2022
America is the home of the brave. Kansas deserves a senator to speak the hard truths
The first stanza of our national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” ends in a question mark: “O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave/O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?” Jan. 6, 2021, asks every American if we are brave enough to face the truth.
Nov 11, 2021
Former KCK Mayor Mark Holland to run for US Senate seat in Kansas
Mark Holland, former Kansas City, Kansas, mayor, announced Thursday he will run for U.S. Senate in 2022.
Holland will run as a Democrat.
Oct 3, 2021
Former Kansas City, Kansas, Mayor Mark Holland Making a Bid for the U.S. Senate
Mark Holland, who served as mayor of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County from 2013 to 2017, will launch a campaign for the U.S. Senate on Monday, sources tell KCUR.
Oct 1, 2021
Former KCK Mayor Mark Holland to run for U.S. Senate, the first major Democrat in race
Democrat Mark Holland, the former mayor of Kansas City, Kan., is poised to run for U.S. Senate, becoming the first major candidate to take on Republican Sen. Jerry Moran.