Ernest Hollings

Jan 21, 2002  •  Post A Comment

Most significant professional accomplishment: The senator is proud of several achievements, including the 1996 Telecommunications Act, a comprehensive bill that deregulated much of the communications marketplace. He played a significant role in drafting and shaping the measure. He is also proud of founding the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and creating South Carolina’s technical college system, which trains workers and attracts industry to the state.
What he watches on TV: The lawmaker is a news buff and regularly watches the network evening news and PBS’s “The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer.” Beyond that, he’s known to occasionally watch college football games featuring teams from South Carolina.
Hobbies: The senator is an avid tennis player and spars with other Washington politicos on the court nearly every day. Bad knees now force him to play mostly doubles.
Career highlights: From 1954 to 1959, Mr. Hollings was lieutenant governer of South Carolina. From 1959 to 1963 he was governor of that state, and in 1966 he was elected to the U.S. Senate.