Hollis ran as a candidate for Birmingham City Council District 2 in the 2009 Birmingham City Council election on a platform of economic empowerment and development, crime prevention, green environmental initiatives and city-wide unity. She came in a distant third in the election. She returned to challenge incumbent Kim Rafferty in the 2013 Birmingham municipal election.
Hollis challenged Rafferty again in the 2013 Birmingham municipal election. She pledged to work to eliminate or revitalize abandoned property and to bring up concerns about public safety and other matters in the district to the city's administration.
In the March 2017 special election, Hollis ran successfully to fill the open seat in the Alabama House of Representatives left by the resignation of five-term incumbent Oliver Robinson. She defeated Rodney Huntley and James T. Howell with just over 60 percent of the 2000+ votes cast.
Hollis was arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery by deputies in Okaloosa County, Florida responding to a domestic violence report at The Inn on Destin Harbor.
In the 2020 legislative session, Hollis introduced a house bill that would require men over the age of 50 or with three children to undergo a vasectomy at their own expense. It was intended as an argument against the 2019 Human Life Protection Act which sought to establish a virtual ban on abortion procedures in the state.
|Alabama State Representative, District 58
2017- (1st term)
- "Birmingham City Council elections: District 2 candidate Rolanda Hollis." (August 12, 2009) The Birmingham News
- Leech, Marie (August 23, 2013) "Birmingham election: blighted properties, safer streets, better schools top priorities for District 2 voters." The Birmingham News
- Dunigan, Jonece Starr (March 8, 2017) "Rolanda Hollis wins state House of Representative seat." The Birmingham News
- Adame, Tony (September 25, 2019) "Alabama state representative arrested for domestic violence in Destin." Northwest Florida Daily News
- Meara, Paul (February 15, 2020) "Alabama Lawmaker Introduces Mandatory Vasectomy Bill In Response To Abortion Ban." BET.com