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Record and controversies
Holt voted against the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.
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Support for gun control
Holt cosponsored H.R. 1312 (Assault Weapons Ban and Law Enforcement Protection Act of 2005) on April 21, 2005.
- Main article: U.S. gun legislation
Holt is pro-choice, and is strongly supported by Planned Parenthood. 
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."
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." To date, the bill has 168 co-sponsors, of whom only eight are Republicans. Holt first introduced the bill in 2003. 
Money in politics
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- Revolving door profile for Rush Holt from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
- 2006 privately funded travel profile for Rush Holt from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
- Personal finance profile for Rush Holt from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
Committees and Affiliations
- House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
- House Committee on Education and Labor
- Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education
- Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions
- House Committee on Natural Resources
- Subcommitee on Enery and Mineral Resources
- Subcommitee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lans
Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)
- House Committee on Education and the Workforce
- Subcommittee on 21st Century Competitiveness
- Subcommittee on Employer-Employee Relations
- House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
- Subcommittee on Intelligence Policy - Ranking Minority Member
- Subcommittee on Technical and Tactical Intelligence
More Background Data
District Office- West Windsor:
50 Washington Road
West Windsor, NJ 08550
Articles and Resources
Local blogs and discussion sites
|Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives|
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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,|
|First Elected to Current Office:
November 3, 1998
|First Took Current Office:
January 3, 1999
November 2, 2010
|Previous Political Work?
None or Not Available,
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Date of Birth: October 15, 1948
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