Chris Hollins has shown what local government can achieve when new ideas and accountable leadership are met with real purpose.
Chris led the 2020 elections effort in Harris County as County Clerk and gained national acclaim for protecting and expanding voting rights for 2.5 million Houston-area voters during the most important election in our lifetime. His innovations – which included drive-thru voting, 24-hour voting, online mail ballot tracking, and tripling the number of early voting centers–led to eye-popping record voter turnout despite the ongoing global pandemic.
Chris developed a commitment to public service through the selfless example of his parents and their devotion for improving the lives of others. His father, George, served for 34 years in the Houston Police Department, and his mother, Christie, managed a career as an administrative assistant while raising Chris, his two sisters, and more than 20 young foster children. Chris has served as a mentor to youth for over 20 years and has been a Big Brother for over a decade.
Today, Chris serves as a volunteer member of the METRO Board of Directors, where he is helping to oversee METRO’s $1.3 billion budget, shaping its $7 billion expansion plan, and leading its full transition to renewable fuels by 2030.
He is active in his church and civic club, and he serves on the boards of Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston and the East Downtown TIRZ (Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone).
Chris has worked at some of the world’s most distinguished professional service firms. As a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, he pioneered strategies for large government agencies–in public safety, defense, and security – and assisted multinational companies in improving results for the people they serve.
Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with Phi Beta Kappa honors from Morehouse College. Chris also completed a joint program with Yale Law School and Harvard Business School, earning both his Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration degrees.
Chris is admitted to the State Bar of Texas and Federal Courts for the Southern District of Texas. He is currently in private practice as the Principal Attorney at Hollins Law Group PLLC.
A VISION FOR HOUSTON
If you know Chris, you know he is Houston through and through. “I love this city,” says Chris. “Houston raised me. And more importantly, it’s the city where my wife Morgan and I chose to raise our family.”
“When I envision our future, I see the safest major city in America with the strongest local economy. I see a city where my children are valued for who they are and what they can contribute, not based on the color of their skin, who they worship or who they love. I see the best city in America to live, work, and raise a family.
“And I see a city that never goes backward. That’s the Houston I know – always forward.”
Chris and his wife Morgan live in Houston’s Third Ward with their daughter Vivian and their son George. The Hollins family attends Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church.