Molly Higgins O’Holleran-Member, Nebraska State Board of Education, District 7 (2014-2019)
Biographical Info (hometown, experience, specialty):
My hometown is North Platte, Nebraska. I am married to Tim O’Holleran who is a General Surgeon. My experiences as an elected official include two terms as a local school board member. After the AMPAC Candidate Workshop I was elected to represent District 7 on the Nebraska State Board of Education.
What other leadership positions have you held (AMA, Specialties, PACs)? When
During 2010 and 2011, I participated on the AMAA Legislative Committee, Election Committee, and the Board Development Committee. In Nebraska I am the immediate past president of the Nebraska Medical Association Alliance as well as a member of the state PAC.
Which Program did you attend?
I attended the Candidate Workshop in 2010.
Have you run for public office? What was the result?
I ran for State Board of Education and won. (Ed. Note: Mrs. O’Holleran was reelected in 2014.)
Have the programs helped in your political careers? How?
The AMPAC Candidate Workshop prepared me to understand quality preparation, support structure, fundraising techniques, social media outreach, and speech making. People vote for people they trust who have character, authenticity, and a good work ethic. The Candidate Workshop helped make me aware of the complexity of campaigns, elections, and service.
Have the programs helped in your medical/advocacy careers? How?
As a State School Board member, I am a Constitutional officer. We vote on policies that occasionally deal with the health and welfare of our students and staff.
What was the most important thing you learned from AMPAC programs?
Fundraising isn’t just about money. It is about creating a platform that is inspiring and attainable. People support candidates whose message includes a desirable future. A platform needs to be based on the truth which looks at all sides of issues.
What would you say to members of the medical community thinking about becoming involved in politics?
Health Care reform will happen regardless of the input of medical doctors and their supporters. However, being at the table makes it more probable that policies will be created that are friendly to the family of medicine.