Discussions with Decision Makers: Rep. Frances Holk-Jones

Discussions with Decisionmakers

Representative Frances Holk-Jones, a native of Foley, is the newly elected representative from the 95th district in Baldwin County. She is the first 4th generation State Farm agent in the country and is president of Frances Holk Insurance. Frances learned the importance of public service at an early age while watching both her grandfather and father serve as Mayor of Foley. Frances will serve as a committee member on the House Health Committee.

What first prompted you to consider running for office?

Politics has always intrigued me.  I learned the importance of public service, economic development, and community involvement at an early age watching both my grandfather and father serve as Mayors of my hometown of Foley, Alabama. 

How does your background help serve you in the Legislature?

Throughout my forty-four year career in the insurance industry as well as in my leadership roles on numerous federal, state, and local nonprofit and civic organizations, I’ve worked diligently to ensure that programs are available to enhance the quality of life for all Alabamians.

What are some of your legislative priorities next term?

Youth mental health is very close to my heart.  In my legislative role, I will advocate and work to improve the resources available for those with mental illness.  I would also love to see some progress made with our South Baldwin Workforce Development Authority to make sure we’re finding ways to have a substantial workforce and affordable housing so we can keep our great economic engine running.

What are some health-related issues important to your district and your constituents?

Not to sound like a broken record, but the issue of youth mental health is certainly a focus of mine.  Despite major strides within the mental health community, there remains a shortage of available resources, including mental health professional workforce and lack of coordinated systems of care. 

What do you think people understand the least about our health care system?

Just how crucial it is to have quality health care; access to good health services leads to better patient outcomes with less impact on our economy. 

If you could change anything about our state’s health care system, what would it be?

Ensuring that quality health care services are more accessible for those that live in the rural areas of our state.

How can the Medical Association – and physicians statewide – help you address Alabama’s health

By working together with their legislators to advocate for public health-related policies which will help ensure quality health care services are provided throughout the state.

What is the one thing you would like to say to physicians in your district?

Thank you for being an advocate for your patients and your commitment to providing quality care despite the changes in health care delivery you see every day.

Posted in: Uncategorized

Leave a Comment (0) ↓