Born Nov. 5, 1955, Steve is the third of six sons born to J.C. and Sadie Monts Holland. A fifth generation Lee Countian, Steve graduated in l973 from Nettleton High School, from Mississippi State University in l977 with a degree in Business Administration, graduated from Northwest Community College Department of Mortuary Science in l981 and received his Masters of Art Degree in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) in 2005. The Hollands are generational farmers by profession. J. C. Holland was the first Mississippian named "Outstanding Farmer of America" in l965. At their apex, they were farming over 9000 acres in three Mississippi counties and boasted their own pedigree, the Sadie J, of registered Black Angus Cattle.
Steve managed to spend almost three years in Washington, D. C. working for the late Congressman, Jamie L. Whitten and later spent time with Senator Thad Cochran. He worked for 12 years at McGrath-Rasberry Funeral Home in Tupelo, several years at W. E. Pegues and helped establish and grow, with partners, Lee Memorial Funeral Home, Mausoleum, Cemetery and Crematory in Verona, which they sold in 2000. He also previously owned Century Funeral Home in Batesville, Miss. and was a founding partner in Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley, Miss. In l983, Steve was elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives from Lee County and has continuously held that seat to the present day. He chaired the Agriculture Committee for 16 years, the Public Health and Human Services Committee for 12 years and, for 24 continuous years, was Subcommittee chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Health Care and Medicaid. In 2017, he was the first Mississippi legislator to be inducted into the Mississippi Political Hall of Fame.
He has won hundreds of awards for his work with the least, last and most vulnerable among us and has held several national legislative positions. A tree farmer and an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Tupelo, Steve also serves as church pianist/ organist for Unity Presbyterian Church He serves on numerous boards and commissions including his passions, the Regional Rehabilitation Center which provides, at no charge, services to countless handicapped and disabled citizens all over Northeast Miss. (Board service since l973), the Sanctuary Hospice House, which he helped establish, Tombigbee Electric Power Association for 24 years and the Tupelo Luncheon Civitan Club. He is a 32 degree KCCH Scottish Rite Mason, a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, and is an acclaimed speaker and writer. An avid reader and historian, Steve boasts over 1000 first edition Southern authored books in his personal library. He and his wife, the former Gloria Temple, a professional mental health therapist, live in Plantersville, a small town outside of Tupelo, where Gloria is serving her second term as Mayor. They have 4 adult children and two granddaughters and two grandsons.