District 8

Michael “Doc” Holliday, Sr. has a long history of community service in Madison County, specifically Alton, where he’s served as a board member for the past 24 years.

During his tenure, he advocated both in the boardroom and as a civil servant. He has served on various committees the past two decades and currently he is serving on the Health Department and Mental Health, Personnel and Labor Relations and Judiciary committees.

One of Doc’s goals is to make sure black voters are engaged in every election and getting more people of color to participate in politics. The Alton native served in the U.S. Navy from 1961 to 1965 before returning home and going to work for Olin Corp. Doc became the first black man to complete the Machinist Apprenticeship program at the East Alton company where he worked for 39 years before retiring.

Doc’s first elected position was as a precinct committee member in 1984. Doc is also the current president of the Illinois Association of County Board Members and Commissioners (IACBM).

The various organizations in which he serves include: president of the Alton Branch of the NAACP; board member, Alton Catholic Children’s Home and American Cancer Society; former president of the Alton chapter of the 100 Black Men of America; member/past president of the Illinois Association of Local Boards of Health and their official liaison person; member, National Association of Local Boards of Health; former member, National Executive Board; and member of American Legion Post 354 in Alton. He also serves as the deacon board chair for Union Baptist Church, the oldest Baptist Church in Illinois, where he attends.

He and his wife, Priscilla, have been married for 45 years and are the parents of two adult children.