Candidate Profile
Debbie Hollis

Independent , Louisiana


Panel Rating

Liberal Information icon


Reported by Candidate

Working Families Party, Bayou Rising, Moms Demand Action against Gun Violence


Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Right to Life

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.


Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.

Strongly Disagree

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Abortion is normal, necessary healthcare, and should be legal and accessible for all people.


It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has a livable income.

Strongly Agree

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.


Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.


What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

Unemployment rates could be reduced by the creation of federal infrastructure jobs that pay a living wage, and by improving public education for all Americans. Right-to-work laws should be abolished, and corporate tax cuts should be substantially curbed.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

The federal government should reduce corporate tax exemptions for big businesses, mandate living wages for all workers, and implement a progressive income tax.

Religious Liberty

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.


Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with taxpayer or public funds.

Strongly Disagree

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

Strongly Disagree


It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health insurance.


How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

I support universal healthcare for all Americans, with the option of purchasing private insurance as a choice.

National Security

I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

Strongly Disagree

I support the use of Sharia law as a basis for legislation and judicial decisions in the United States.

Strongly Disagree

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.

Strongly Disagree

State and federal funds should be denied to any public or private entity, including but not limited to sanctuary cities, that are not in compliance with immigration laws.



Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.



Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.

Strongly Disagree

Parents should be the primary authority in decisions affecting their minor children.


The LGBTQ+ political agenda poses a threat to First Amendment freedoms of speech, expression and religious exercise.

Strongly Disagree

I support expanding protections in employment and accommodations based on sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Strongly Agree

If children are given instruction in sex education in public schools, it should not express a preference for abstinence but should be comprehensive, offering discussions on various types of sexual orientations and behaviors plus all types of contraceptives.

Strongly Agree

What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?

Our Founders knew that absolute power corrupts absolutely, so they created three co-equal branches of government to provide appropriate, necessary checks and balances for each other. They had also seen the negative effects of Church involvement in governmental matters in England, so they included the Establishment Clause to prevent the commingling of religion and government in America.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a follower of the teachings of Jesus, the Tao, Unitarian Universalism, and - to a lesser extent - Buddhism. I believe all religious beliefs, and the freedom to not practice a religion, should continue to be protected in the United States.


I voted in these elections:

2012 General Election, 2014 General Election, 2016 General Election, 2018 General Election

When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?

Somewhat Liberal

Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

I am a fiscal conservative. I believe that government should not incur unreasonable debt, and should provide adequate quality of living for all citizens. As a small business & nonprofit consultant, I believe the government should provide reasonable support to small businesses & charitable organizations. I believe healthcare is a human right, per Article 25 of the United Nations' 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. I support reproductive freedom, and access to comprehensive sex education for all people regardless of age. I support progressive taxation. I believe that the freedom to practice any religion, or no religion, should be protected.

What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?

I have worked in the small business sector and nonprofit sector my entire career. I am a business consultant, a prolific grant writer, and a respected advisor to numerous elected officials and businesspersons in my district. I have been trained as a servant-leader, and practice servant leadership principles in my own business. As a creative professional, I am uniquely qualified to work with diverse groups of people to find innovative solutions to difficult problems.

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you:

Email: Phone: 318.751.8540

Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

I am a passionate community servant, and have worked to improve my city and state for over 20 years. I have been a single parent, an adult college student, a mentor, a domestic violence survivor, a business owner, a nonprofit leader, and an outspoken advocate for governmental transparency & ethics reform. I will dedicate my work as State Senator to serving the people in District 37.

Criminal Justice

I support the death penalty.

Strongly Disagree

Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.


2nd Amendment

More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.


Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.


Gambling should be limited to existing forms and should not be de-regulated or expanded.



  • Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport, BA - Art & Visual Culture, 2004
Work & Military
  • WORKS IN PROGRESS LOUISIANA, Director, May 2014 - Present
  • WEST EDGE ARTISTS’ CO-OP, President, June 2005 - Oct 2010
  • FUMC Shreveport, Director of Serving Ministries
  • Noel Community Arts Program, Board Member
  • Works In Progress Louisiana, Board Member
  • Community Renewal International, Volunteer
  • Shreveport Chamber of Commerce, Asst. Manager of Membership
  • The Philadelphia Center, Grant Writer
  • Volunteers for Youth Justice/CASA, Database Manager, Art Instructor
  • National Orgainzation for Women, President, Vice President, Member
  • Governor's Women's Commission, Held 2005
  • Mayor's Women's Commission, Held 2015/2016
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