FOREST HILL, La. (KALB) - Clyde Holloway, current Chairman of the Louisiana Public Service Commission and former Congressman passed away Sunday at his home in Forest Hill. He was 72.
Holloway had served on the Public Service Commission since 2009. Prior to that office, he was the Louisiana State Director of Rural Development for the U. S. Department of Agriculture under President George W. Bush. Holloway was elected to Congress in 1986 and served from 1987 -1993, until Louisiana lost the Eighth Congressional District in redistricting due to the 1990 Census.
Holloway often stated, "I became a Republican because of Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan inspired me to run for Congress." As Congressman, he was an unwavering voice for social conservatism as a staunch defender of the unborn, a firm believer in smaller government, lower taxes and less regulation.
On the Louisiana Public Service Commission, his mix of conservatism and populism drove his efforts to bring a free market focus to the monopolies and a forceful voice and vote for customers. Holloway's election to the LPSC in 2009 made the Commission the first electoral body in Louisiana with a Republican majority since Reconstruction.
He owned and operated Holloway's Nursery in his hometown of Forest Hill, a business he started with his wife in the late 1960s.
In the early 1980s, Clyde Holloway rose to prominence when he and others challenged a federal judge's order to close the public school in his hometown of Forest Hill. Holloway contended that a small community had a right to their own school. Though efforts failed at the federal level, a private academy was formed in the community with the financial support and leadership of Holloway. The public school was eventually reopened.
Holloway is survived by his wife of 50 years, Cathie, his four children, nine grandchildren and six siblings.