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Dolan was raised in Pearl River, NY, a suburb of New York City. In 1983, he moved with his family to Lake St. Louis, MO. A 1985 graduate of St. Dominic High School in O'Fallon, MO, he attended the University of Missouri at Columbia where he was commissioned a U.S. Army Reserve Officer in May 1988 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a Minor in Military Science in December 1988. He received his Master of Arts in Security Management from Webster University in St. Louis, MO in 1995.
His early career comprises nine years in the security management field. First, in retail security management, then as a Special Agent in the Office of Security at the Central Intelligence Agency and later working in the private sector as a security systems sales and design consultant. Dolan’s military training includes the Military Police Captain's Career Course, the Public Affairs Officer Course and the US Army Airborne School.
Elected to 13th District of the Missouri House of Representatives in 1996, 1998, 2000, he served three terms and was elected to the Second District of the Missouri Senate in 2002 representing West St. Charles and Lincoln County. He served as the Majority Caucus Chairman and was Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee where he led the effort to improve the safety and accountability of Missouri’s statewide transportation system. Dolan was involved in a variety of issues such as highway safety and reform initiatives, veteran’s affairs, health care, criminal law and debate and passage of the Missouri Military Funeral Honors program (1998), the Nursing Home Reform Act (2003) and a resolution supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003).
On September 11, 2003, the Missouri Senate was set to attempt an override of Governor Bob Holden’s veto on the law establishing the right to carry a concealed weapon following similar action by two thirds of the Missouri House of Representatives the previous day. Dolan, now a Major in the Missouri Army National Guard, was on active duty at the time in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as Commander of the 70th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment assigned Joint Task Force GTMO, Guantanamo Bay Cuba. He returned unexpectedly to the capitol on an Army approved leave and cast the deciding votes allowing the override.
In November of 2005, Dolan was hired as Executive Director of the Missouri Health Care Association. MHCA is a statewide trade association and affiliate of the American Health Care Association (AHCA) representing many of Missouri’s nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Over his tenure, the association maintained and improved its affiliation with AHCA, increased membership, expanded contract programs and secured eight Medicaid Rate increases for Skilled Nursing Facilities as well as other budget, policy and regulatory initiatives.
In September of 2013, Dolan became the Principal of HealthCare Advantage, LLC a Missouri based healthcare consulting and lobbying firm. He resides in Jefferson City with his wife Leanne, daughter Hannah and son Jonathan.
- Official Manual, State of Missouri, 2005-2006. Jefferson City, MO:Secretary of State,
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