Houston native, Christopher Hollins, was sworn in as interim Harris County Clerk on Monday and is on a mission to ensure that every eligible voter realizes their “fundamental right to cast their vote safely, efficiently, and with the peace of mind that their vote will be counted.”
“Our voices are heard, and our democracy is fuller, when everyone can get to the ballot box. This July and November, we can make that a reality for the voters of Harris County. It’s our responsibility to serve the people –– not one group of people, but all the people of this great County,” said Hollins.
Hollins, a graduate of Harvard Business School and Yale Law School, assumes this critical role following the resignation of Diana Trautman, former Harris County Clerk, due to health issues. He will oversee the critical July run-off and Nov. general elections. In addition to being a local attorney, he has worked as a consultant with McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm.
Hailing from a family of peace officers and first responders, including his father, a retired Houston Police Department sergeant, Hollins assumes his new post in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and nationwide protests against police brutality re-ignited in the wake of the death of George Floyd.
“Americans have always protested when we see injustice, and we have the right to do so peacefully. It’s our signal to elected officials that we need change –– and that everyone deserves a seat at the table regardless of race, gender, where you were born, what language you speak, your disability status, your sexual orientation, or your faith,” said Hollins.
He describes the unprecedented times that the world faces as “uncharted territory” but is undaunted regarding the work that lies ahead in ensuring a safe and efficient election process.
“I have faith that we will rise to this occasion, and that the lives of millions of Harris County residents will be better because of our work,” said Hollins.