George Holding

George Holding

Summary

Current Position: US Representative since 2013
Affiliation: Republican

As United States Attorney, his priorities included prosecution of violent felons, drug offenses, child pornography, and political corruption. Holding prosecuted a U.S. Congressman, the Speaker of the North Carolina House, a judge, a state senator, a state representative, and several sheriffs for political corruption and a major terrorism case. When Holding left office, the average sentence in drug trafficking cases in eastern North Carolina was well above the national average.

Source: Government page

About

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Source: Government page

George Holding grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. He attended Wake Forest University and has degrees in Classics and Law. Holding clerked for U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle, practiced law with Kilpatrick Townsend and served as the United States Attorney for North Carolina.

As United States Attorney, his priorities included prosecution of violent felons, drug offenses, child pornography, and political corruption. Holding prosecuted a U.S. Congressman, the Speaker of the North Carolina House, a judge, a state senator, a state representative, and several sheriffs for political corruption and a major terrorism case. When Holding left office, the average sentence in drug trafficking cases in eastern North Carolina was well above the national average.

Having previously served as the Representative for North Carolina’s 13th Congressional District, Holding was sworn in to serve as the Representative for North Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District on January 3, 2017. He serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, Budget Committee, and Ethics Committee.

George and his wife Lucy have four children – three daughters and one son.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Practicing lawyer
    1996 to 1999
  • Legislative aide, Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C.
    1999 to 2001
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of North Carolina
    2002 to 2006
  • U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of North Carolina
    2006 to 2011
  • U.S Representative from North Carolina’s 13th Congressional District
    2013 to 2017

Education

Personal

Birth Year: 1968
Place of Birth: Raleigh, NC
Gender: Male
Race(s): Caucasian
Religion: Christian: Baptist
Spouse: Lucy E. Herriott
Children: Alice Margaret Holding, Beatrice Elizabeth Holding, Royal Holding, Louisa Maggie Holding

Contact

Email:

Offices

WASHINGTON, DC OFFICE
1110 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-3032
Fax: 202-225-0181

RALEIGH OFFICE
7200 Falls of Neuse Road
Suite 204
Raleigh, NC 27615
Phone: 919-782-4400
Fax: 919-782-4490

Web

Government Page, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook

Politics

Recent Elections

2018 US Senator for District 2

George Holding (R)170,07251.3%
Linda Coleman (D)151,97745.8%
Jeff Matemu (L)9,6552.9%
TOTAL331,704

Source: Ballotpedia

Finances

HOLDING, GEORGE EDWARD BELL has run in 5 races for public office, winning 4 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $9,806,516.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

House Committee on the Budget
House Committee on Ethics
House Committee on Ways and Means

Subcommittees

Health
Trade

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Govtrack.us

Issues

Source: Government page

Constitutional Principles

The Founding Fathers knew what they were doing when they wrote the Constitution and I believe the Lord blessed their work. To protect our freedom, they gave the federal government limited powers – then they divided those powers between Congress, the President, and the Courts. Then they divided the powers of government again – between the national and state governments.

Today, the federal government’s become more powerful than anyone ever dreamed was possible. In fact, a good part of American history is the story of the federal government growing more and more powerful. But that hasn’t always been wise. And today it’s clear we need to restore checks – and limits – on the federal government’s power.

Economy & Jobs

Nearly seven years after the financial crisis devastated America, families across North Carolina continue to struggle in a weak economy. With hundreds of thousands of able bodied workers still looking for work and many more forced to accept only part time work, Congress needs to make jobs our number one priority.

Unfortunately, Washington’s idea on how to create jobs is more government, more regulation and more spending. If government borrowing and spending money created prosperity, we would be in the middle of the biggest economic boom in all of history. It doesn’t. In fact, it has the opposite impact. That’s why it’s past time to cut government spending.

Instead of more government, we need to return to our fundamental principles. Congress must act to take back its authority, reclaim power from unelected bureaucrats who write rules contradicting and reduce government regulation. We need recognize that it is our nation’s small businesses that are on the cutting edge of innovation and job creation, and the federal government needs to get out of the way.

Education

Education is a key that can open the door to opportunity – which is important to families across America. But federal mandates – and hiring more Washington bureaucrats – won’t cure what ails our public schools. Right now, working families in North Carolina send tax money to Washington, then the Department of Education keeps part of the money and sends part back to North Carolina. Why not just keep the money in North Carolina where it can be spent more effectively? Our local school districts are the best stewards of local tax dollars and giving them the flexibility to spend those dollars as they see fit will benefit our students more than Washington’s unfunded mandates.

Energy

Our goal is to become energy independent. But, right now, the federal government is standing in the way of producing more domestic energy. Instead, Washington should be marching in the opposite direction – it should be encouraging more energy production right here at home. If we produce more energy gas prices will fall, we will become less reliant on energy sources from hostile nations, and that will boost almost every part of our economy by creating jobs.

Family

For years the federal government has been creating new programs to ‘help’ families. That’s been Washington’s solution to almost every problem – a new government program. But it turns out many of those programs have backfired. The best way to help families is simply to reduce the burden on families – for instance, by cutting taxes. Today, taxes are the fastest growing expense in the average family’s budget – they cost families more than food, clothing or shelter.

Foreign Affairs

As a past member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, I am committed to protecting our nation’s interests and ensuring our nation’s strength – which includes providing critical oversight of our foreign policy, diplomatic efforts, and foreign aid.

At the same time, our nation has an exorbitant dollar debt and we borrow nearly forty cents of every dollar the federal government spends. While I believe we must stand by our allies, like Israel, but does it make sense to borrow money from China and then give it to other nations that do not share our common beliefs? We need to scrutinize how we spend our foreign aid dollars to cut waste.

Government Spending

By any measure, Washington has a spending problem. While families across North Carolina have had to tighten their belts, the federal government continues to spend historic amounts of money without a plan to address the long term debt. Our government cannot continue borrowing nearly 40 cents out of every dollar spent – spending of this magnitude is more than reckless. It’s morally wrong to leave our children a legacy of debt that imperils their ability to achieve the American Dream. Congress must act now to restore sanity to federal spending. We must go line-by-line through the federal budget to eliminate waste, fraud and abuse, end duplicative programs, and reform our entitlement programs to place them on sound financial footing. Furthermore, we need a balanced budget amendment to preserve the nation’s financial security for future generations.

Healthcare

If ever a piece of legislation was misnamed, it was the “Affordable” Care Act. Not a day goes by that I don’t see another problem that this legislation has caused or will cause down the road. Since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law in 2010, many North Carolinians continue to see their insurance costs increase, benefits decrease, and have their provider options limited. I think we would all agree that the rising cost of health care in this country must be addressed in some way, but the Affordable Care Act has proven itself to be unworkable and unsustainable. The path to a healthcare system that works for both patients and providers starts with repealing this misguided attempt at healthcare reform. After eliminating this one-size-fits-all approach, we must put in place a system that rewards physicians who provide patients with quality care and makes insurance companies compete against each other to offer the most affordable, patient-centered options.

National Defense

We live in an era when rogue nations are state sponsors of terrorism and new threats are emerging from all corners of the globe – so it’s common sense to have a military that can overcome any threat we face, whether the threat comes from terrorism or from a rogue nation with nuclear ambitions like Iran or North Korea.

To protect us, we ask the young men and women of our Armed Services to serve on aircraft carriers in distant oceans, at military posts in foreign lands, and in active theaters of war. We have a moral duty to always make certain these young men and women have the tools – and full support – they need.

North Carolina is also proud to have a strong military tradition as the home of units like the 82nd Airborne Division and military bases like Fort Bragg, Camp Lejeune, and Seymour-Johnson Air Force Base.

Religious Freedom

Our Constitutional freedom to pray and worship God is the bedrock beneath the moral fiber of our nation. “In God we Trust” is not just a slogan. The roots of our freedoms run back to religious and moral beliefs – beliefs that have touched every part of American life throughout our history. Americans also understand religious freedom extends to different faiths – but the Founding Fathers never meant freedom of religion to be transformed into government opposition to religion.

Tax Reform

If someone set out to make a tax code that was complicated, burdensome and inefficient, they’d be hard pressed to do much better than our current tax code. In 2012, the National Taxpayers Union reported that it took Americans 6.38 billion hours to comply with the tax code – a massive waste of valuable resources.

As it is written, our personal and corporate tax codes do far too much to pick winners and losers, and far too little to reward hard work and entrepreneurship. Congress should act this year to reform our tax code, making it flatter, fairer, easier, and more efficient for honest taxpayers to pay their taxes without fear of future persecution.

Term Limits

Since the government shutdown began, we’ve seen plenty of posturing and finger-pointing – but not much common-sense. Sadly, this is the new normal in American politics.

At the heart of the problem in Washington is the thriving – and anchored in place – political class. To put it bluntly, many career politicians put the wishes of the well-connected D.C. establishment ahead of the interests of the people they were elected to serve.

Fortunately, there is a solution: Term Limits.

Term limits will spell the end of politics-as-usual in Washington, help restore a citizen legislature, and encourage public officials to do what’s best for their constituents. Overwhelmingly supported by 82% of Americans, term limits are a solution consistent with the will of the people and the intent of our founders.

The government shutdown is further proof that term limits are more important now than ever. That is one reason why last Tuesday I introduced a Constitutional amendment that limits Members of Congress to six terms in the House of Representatives and two in the Senate.

The American people have lost faith in their government. And rightly so. It is well past time to change the status quo in D.C. and turn the ship around. Term limits will do just that. They are a common-sense solution that will break the gridlock, end Washington politics-as-usual, and help restore the citizen legislature our founding fathers envisioned.

It’s time for public officials to start making a difference, not a career.

Veteran’s Issues

The sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform are the reason we today enjoy our freedoms. Ensuring our veterans past, present, and future – and their families – have the care they need is a fundamental way to acknowledge their sacrifices.

News

In the News

Should Members of Congress Be Allowed to Vote Remotely? Lawmakers Push for Change Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
By: Kevin Frey
Spectrum News – March 19, 2020

NORTH CAROLINA — North Carolina Congressman David Price is self-quarantining after a fellow lawmaker he works with closely tested positive for COVID-19.

Price says he is showing no symptoms, but will be working from home through March 25. Some members of his office staff are doing the same.

“I immediately checked with the House doctor and told him the circumstances of our interactions since last week, and determined they didn’t fall within the guidelines for a required quarantine,” said Price, D-4th District. “But I felt it was better to stay home anyway. To quarantine.”

On Wednesday, Florida Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart and Utah Rep. Ben McAdams announced they tested positive for the virus. Diaz-Balart serves as the top ranking Republican on the House Appropriations subcommittee of which Price is the chair.

Price’s decision to self-isolate comes as the coronavirus is spurring calls for a change on Capitol Hill. Several lawmakers say they should be able to vote remotely rather than only in person.

In a letter, dozens of House lawmakers called on House leaders for a rule change, writing, “While Congress is an institution with a proud history, we cannot stand on tradition if it puts lives – and our ability to be the voice of our constituents – at risk.”

North Carolina Lawmakers on Remote Voting

“I would consider remote voting in only very limited circumstances. The legislative process requires face to face communication and debate,” said Rep. George Holding, R-2nd District.

Twitter

Videos

Interviews

CBS 17 speaks with District 2 congressional incumbent George Holding
CBS 17
Published on November 5, 2018
By: CBS 17

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