Dick Hollahan Retires After 50 Years of Lobbying in Florida

After 50 years of lobbying, Dick Hollahan has announced his retirement. The 78 year old Quincy native surprised many of his friends during the final day of session on Friday, telling folks that he's calling it a career.

"I haven't missed a day of regular session for health reasons. I've never been called by a grand jury and Willie Meggs still talks to me in public."

"I try to bring a little good cheer you see. How many people do you see walking down these halls and say if this bill doesn't pass this afternoon, the whole world will come to a screeching halt. I'm sorry, I don't get that excited anymore."

Hollahan doesn't lobby for big companies anymore, but he is proud of what he has been able to accomplish. The Quincy lobbyist worked hard in the 70's to push for legislation for seat restraints for infants in cars.

"Every time I stop at a red light and look out and see an infant child in one of these seats, I get the satisfaction that I did something right."

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  • by Debbe Location: Fort Lauderdale on Oct 22, 2010 at 12:35 PM
    I worked for Dick Hollahan back in the mid seventies while I was finishing college. He challenged me to move forward toward a legal career, in which I still practice. I am grateful to him for his foresight. I watched him carefully as he lobbied fervently for his constituents, capturing the importance of the cause, following thru to action, and having great influence for the good of our state. He deserves to rest and enjoy. Dick, if you are reading this...I love ya.
  • by Dean Location: Tallahassee on May 1, 2010 at 05:46 AM
    Big Deal is totally wrong. Dick is the kind of person we need more of, looking out for the little guy. Dick is the true southern gentleman. Good luck Dick.
  • by big deal on Apr 30, 2010 at 03:03 PM
    "never been called before a grand jury" just means he hasn't been caught. They're all crooks. That's as dumb a statement as anybody has ever made.
  • by David Location: Crawfordville on Apr 30, 2010 at 01:27 PM
    Congratulations Dick! Hope you enjoy your retirement. The chipped windshield no-deductable replacement law was passed because of Dick's lobbying in the 70's.
  • by Cindy Location: Tallahassee on Apr 30, 2010 at 12:47 PM
    You will be missed Dickie! I so looked forward to the jokes you would tell me every time I ran into you at the Capitol. I wish you the very best in your retirement!
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