Coming from humble beginnings, Holly Rehder exemplifies the qualities that has made America great: hard work, personal responsibility and an unshakable faith in God.
Like many Missourians, Holly and her family are no strangers to hard work. She and her husband, Ray, launched Integrity Communications in 2004 and have been blessed in the years since as their telecommunications contracting company has grown into one that provides services to 13 companies across seven states.
As a small business owner, Holly has gained invaluable insight and perspective that has bolstered her desire to fight for lower taxes, less government intrusions and more individual freedoms. In 2005, she began working full-time for the Missouri Cable Telecommunications Association, earning a distinct reputation as a believer in the free market and a common-sense approach to government.
Holly brought that mindset to the Missouri House of Representatives when she was elected to the 148th District seat in 2012. In addition to her daily responsibilities representing her district, Holly has fought to update Missouri’s antiquated labor laws, to reform the state's broken welfare system, enact a prescription drug monitoring program in the form of The Narcotics Control Act (Missouri is the only state that does not have one in place), and to ensure funding for our state’s mental health needs. She also currently serves as Select Chair of Labor and Industrial Relations.
Holly, who grew up on welfare, believes that the system in place too often hinders the ability of the state's poorest citizens to rise to their potential. Holly, who became a mother at 16, is proof it can be done. She relishes opportunities to speak to kids about growing up in and around a culture of drug addiction and domestic violence, to explain that regardless of where you’ve come from no dream is too big. Holly believes that God honors hard work, obedience and dedication.
Representative Rehder is a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, and an active member of her church and community. She has attended, and raised her family, at Life Church in Sikeston for 26 years. Holly currently serves on the Board of Directors and was the Teenage Sunday School teacher for 13 years. She is 100 percent pro-life, believing that life begins at conception.
Holly and Ray now live in Scott City, Missouri. They have three children, Raychel, Johnny and Christian, along with one grandson, Kayden.
Holly is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Mass Communications, Public Relations. She was also a member of the Southeast Missouri State University’s Speech and Debate team.