The Honorable Ernest F. Hollings

Ernest F. "Fritz" Hollings [b. 1922] has a remarkable record of service as an Army officer during WWII, a member of the S.C. General Assembly, Lt. Governor, Governor, and U.S. Senator.

The Honorable Ernest F. Hollings
The Honorable Ernest F. Hollings

A visionary workhorse, Hollings has focused throughout his long and active career on putting government on a sound financial basis and on economic development to create opportunities for all.

Hollings' term as governor, 1959-1963, represents a major transitional period for state government and the state's economy. In the Senate, 1966-2005, Hollings became an expert on the budget, telecommunications, the environment and oceans, defense, trade, and space. He is the author of the Coastal Zone Management Act, 1972; Ocean Dumping Act, 1972; and Automobile Fuel Economy Act, 1975, and coauthor of the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Deficit Reduction Act, 1985. He also led in the creation of the WIC program [Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants and Children] and in the passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

Hollings' book, The Case Against Hunger (1970), was a product of his now famous "Hunger Tours" of 1969, which highlighted the severe problems of the poor in South Carolina. His second book, Making Government Work (2008), provides a prescription for improving government.

Hollings frequently states that "performance is better than promise." This is more than a campaign motto - it is his calling card and the reason he has been so successful in politics and government.

 

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