State Sen. Bruce Holland has officially kicked-off his bid to be re-elected to the Arkansas State Senate.

Speaking to more than 150 gathered Saturday to show their support, Holland told the crowd that he was "proud that I have never voted for a tax increase" and had "always voted to reduce taxes, which is something none of my opponents past or present can say for themselves."

During the last legislative session taxes were cut for military members, farmers and ranchers, businesses as well as individuals and Holland said he voted to cut every time.

Holland emphasized his perfect pro-life and pro-gun voting record and further stated that marriage should be between a man and a woman. When asked about the so called "private option" Holland stated: "I wish that Congress would repeal Obamacare but there simply are not enough votes in the U.S. Senate to do that; therefore I have voted for and will vote again for the private option in the upcoming fiscal session. I believe it is the most conservative way for our state to deal with Obamacare."

Sen. Holland is assistant pro tempore and is chairman of the Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development Committee. He also serves on the Education Committee, Energy Committee, Joint Budget Committee, Rules Committee and Joint Audit Committee and has been appointed to serve as a chairman for an interim legislative task force on intermodal transportation.

Holland said, "Being a senator is not just voting for or against legislation during session, it’s about serving the people of the district, being involved in community activities and being available to help with problems from individuals as well as problems within the communities."

In addition to serving in the state Senate, Holland represents 14 states from California to Alabama on the governance council of the Land O’Lakes Corp., serves as a director for the Farmers Coop in Van Buren, serves on the Sebastian County Farm Bureau Board and is past chairman of the Farm Service Agency three county committee for Crawford, Scott and Sebastian counties.

His memberships include Cattlemen’s Association, Sebastian County Fair Association, Sebastian County Historical Society, National Wild Turkey Federation, NRA and the Carter Mountain Deer Slayers.

Sen. Holland’s roots go back six generations in Crawford and Sebastian counties. He was raised on a cattle farm in south Sebastian county, worked 14 years at Macsteel in Fort Smith before retiring to become a full-time cattleman. He went to school in Greenwood and college at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, majoring in chemical engineering. He is a member of the United Methodist Church and enjoys singing classic country music to entertain for charitable causes and community events.

Holland stated, "I deeply appreciate the responsibility entrusted to me to serve in the Arkansas State Senate and I look forward to continuing to make Arkansas a better place to live for the generations to come."