David Hollister

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David C. Hollister
49th Mayor of Lansing
In office
Preceded by Jim Crawford
Succeeded by Antonio Benavides
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
from the 69th district
57th (1975-1992)
In office
January 1, 1975 – 1993
Preceded by Earl E. Nelson
Succeeded by Lynne Martinez
Member of the Ingham County Board of Commissioners
In office
Personal details
Born (1942-04-03) April 3, 1942 (age 75)
Kalamazoo, Michigan
Political party Democratic

David Hollister (born April 3, 1942) served as the mayor of Lansing, Michigan from 1993 to 2003, until he resigned to be the director of the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth under Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm's administration. During his tenure as mayor, he was instrumental in convincing General Motors Corporation to build the Grand River Assembly Plant downtown, and to build a new plant in the region to replace the Lansing Car Assembly Plant which dated back to 1903. Also under his tenure came the completion of Cooley Law School Stadium, the stadium for the Lansing Lugnuts, a Class A minor league baseball team. Mayor Hollister made central city (including downtown and Old Town) revitalization a top priority of his administration. Hollister was born In Kalamazoo and raised in Battle Creek, Michigan, where he graduated from Battle Creek Central High School. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Michigan State University. From 1967 to 1970 he was a social studies teacher at Lansing Eastern High School. Prior to becoming mayor, he served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 1973-1993 representing the City of Lansing. In 2005 he was recruited to run Prima Civitas,[1] an economic development organization funded by Michigan State University and the city governments of Lansing and East Lansing, Michigan.[2][3]