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." "I have pretty much lived my life and politics in the cold, gray light of day, with uncompromised honesty and forthrightness," said Holland, 61, of Plantersville.
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.
I have no fear of the end game, and I expectantly look forward to the fulfillment of the promises of my faith and spirituality.
"But, in the interim, I am going to attack life with the gusto of a hound dog ...