Rush Holt

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Rush Holt currently serves the 12th Congressional district of New Jersey

Rush Dew Holt, a Democrat has represented the 12th Congressional District of New Jersey in the U.S. Representative since 1998 (map).

Record and controversies

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Iraq War

Holt voted against the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Support for gun control

Holt cosponsored H.R. 1312 (Assault Weapons Ban and Law Enforcement Protection Act of 2005) on April 21, 2005.[2]

Main article: U.S. gun legislation


Holt is pro-choice, and is strongly supported by Planned Parenthood. [1]

Election reform

On February 5, 2007, Holt introduced the Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of 2007 (H.R.811), to amend the Help American Vote Act in order to require a paper trail. As of late March, the legislation had 211 cosponsors. Specifically, the bill would:

  • Require the Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology to study, test, and develop best practices to enhance the accessibility of ballot verification mechanisms for individuals with disabilities, voters whose primary language is not English, and voters with difficulties in literacy.
  • Require laboratories to meet standards prohibiting conflicts of interest as a condition of accreditation for the testing of voting system hardware and software.
  • Outline additional voting system requirements and prohibitions.
  • Extend the authorization of the Election Assistance Commission (EAC).
  • Provide for complaints to the Attorney General by persons affected by violations of HAVA.
  • Make available additional funding to enable states to meet the costs of the requirements imposed by the Act.
  • Direct the chief auditor of each state to appoint an Election Audit Board to administer, without advance notice to the precincts selected, random hand counts of the voter-verified paper ballots required to be produced and preserved for each such election held in the state.
  • Repeal the exemption of the EAC from certain government contracting requirements.
Main article: Help America Vote Act


Holt was born October 15, 1948 in Weston, West Virginia. He is the son of Rush D. Holt, Sr., who served as a United States Senator for West Virginia (1935–1941), and Helen Holt, the first woman to be appointed West Virginia Secretary of State (1957–1959). Holt graduated from Carleton College in Northfield, MN, and holds a Ph.D. in physics from New York University. "From 1989 until he launched his 1998 congressional campaign, Holt was Assistant Director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, the largest research facility of Princeton University and the largest center for research in alternative energy in New Jersey. He has conducted extensive research on alternative energy and has his own patent for a solar energy device."[2]

Congressional career

His first race was in 1996, where he finished in third place in the Democratic party primary. Holt ran again in 1998 and won the primary, putting him against Congressman Mike Pappas in the general election. (Pappas was hurt by reading a poem, set to "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star", praising Ken Starr on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.) Holt won the election in a traditionally Republican district by a 49-47% margin. In 2000, Holt was challenged by former Representative Dick Zimmer. Holt's prior win was thought by Republicans to be a fluke, and the race attracted considerable money and advertising. On election night' Holt was ahead by a few hundred votes and a recount battle ensued. In the end, Holt won the election by 1,101 votes. Redistricting before the 2002 elections gave Holt a safer district.

"On February 3, 2005, Rep. Rush Holt reintroduced the Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act (HR 550), a bill designed to restore confidence in the outcomes of elections and in our electoral process generally. The measure would require all voting machines to produce an actual paper record that voters can view to check the accuracy of their votes and that election officials can use to verify votes in the event of a computer malfunction, hacking, or other irregularity. Experts often refer to this paper record as a "voter-verified paper trail."[3] To date, the bill has 168 co-sponsors, of whom only eight are Republicans.[4] Holt first introduced the bill in 2003. [5]

In 2006, the Republicans nominated Joseph S. Sinagra to face Holt in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [6] Holt retained his seat.

Money in politics

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Fundraising profile: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2006 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Rush Holt. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC Office:
1019 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-5801
Fax: 202-225-6025
Web Email

District Office- West Windsor:
50 Washington Road
West Windsor, NJ 08550
Phone: 609-750-9365
Fax: 609-750-0618

Articles and Resources

Local blogs and discussion sites

Corresponding article on Wikipedia and Cause Caller. (If Cause Caller link does not work, pick from its list of senators and representatives.)

Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
111th Congress
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Committees: House Select Intelligence Oversight Panel, House Committee on Education and Labor, House Committee on Education and Labor/Subcommittee on Early Childhood Elementary and Secondary Education, House Committee on Education and Labor/Subcommittee on Health Employment Labor and Pensions, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence/Subcommittee on Intelligence Community Management, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence/Subcommittee on Technical and Tactical Intelligence, House Committee on Natural Resources, House Committee on Natural Resources/Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, House Committee on Natural Resources/Subcommittee on National Parks Forests and Public Lands,
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 3, 1998
First Took Current Office:
January 3, 1999
Next Election:
November 2, 2010
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None or Not Available,
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District Offices:
1. 50 Washington Road, West Windsor, NJ 08550
Phone: 609-750-9365 / Fax: 609-750-0618

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Date of Birth: October 15, 1948

  1. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
  2. Thomas page on H.R. 1312
  3. About, Population Resource Center, accessed September 16, 2008.