Dwight Holton

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Dwight Holton
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Attorney General of Oregon
Former Candidate
Bachelor'sBrown University
J.D.University of Virginia (1996)
Date of birthDecember 18, 1965
Personal website
Campaign website
Dwight Holton (born December 18, 1965) is the former U.S. Attorney for Oregon. He was a candidate in the 2012 election for Attorney General, but lost in the Democratic primary race to retired appeals court judge Ellen Rosenblum on May 15, 2012. Oregon's current attorney general John Kroger (D), chose not to seek re-election. He will be retiring from office early to become President of Reed College.


Holton was born and raised in Virginia, where his father served as governor of Virginia from 1970-1974. He received his undergraduate degree in history from Brown University, and later earned his J.D. from the University of Virginia. Immediately upon graduating from law school, Holton accepted a coveted position with the U.S. Department of Justice as an Assistant United States Attorney.

He joined the U.S. Attorney's Office in Oregon in 2004, prosecuting white-collar criminals and corporate polluters. Holton was promoted to head the office as U.S. Attorney for Oregon in February 2010, and served there until October 2011, when he was replaced by President Obama's pick for the position, Amanda Marshall.[1] As U.S. Attorney, Holton received significant public attention and accolades for lead prosecution of an Egyptian shipping company that admitted to dumping oil at sea. The company paid $7.25 million, the largest penalty for a water pollution violation in Northwest history.[2]


  • B.A. in History from Brown University
  • J.D. from University Virginia, 1996


See also: Oregon attorney general election, 2012

Holton was defeated by Ellen Rosenblum in the May 15th Democratic primary election.

Oregon Attorney General Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngEllen Rosenblum 64.4% 197,366
Dwight Holton 35.4% 108,356
Write-in votes 0.2% 614
Total Votes 306,336
Election Results via Oregon Live.


  • Results are unofficial


Holton has received endorsements from numerous government officials and members of the legal community, including an endorsement from friend and current Oregon attorney general John Kroger.[4]

District Attorneys

  • Baker County District Attorney Matt Shirtcliff
  • Benton County District Attorney John Haroldson
  • Clackamas County District Attorney John Foote
  • Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis
  • Columbia County District Attorney Steve Atchison
  • Crook County District Attorney Daina Vitolins
  • Curry County District Attorney Everett Dial
  • Gilliam County District Attorney Marion Weatherford
  • Grant County District Attorney Ryan Joslin
  • Harney County District Attorney Tim Colahan
  • Hood River County District Attorney John Sewell
  • Jackson County District Attorney Mark Huddleston
  • Jefferson County District Attorney Steve Leriche
  • Josephine County District Attorney Steve Campbell
  • Lake County District Attorney David Schutt
  • Lincoln County District Attorney Rob Bovett
  • Linn County District Attorney Jason Carlile
  • Malheur County District Attorney Dan Norris
  • Marion County District Attorney Walt Beglau
  • Morrow County District Attorney Justin Nelson
  • Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schrunk
  • Tillamook County District Attorney Bill Porter
  • Umatilla County District Attorney Dan Primus
  • Union County District Attorney Tim Thompson
  • Wallowa County District Attorney Mona Williams
  • Wasco County District Attorney Eric Nisley
  • Washington County District Attorney Bob Hermann
  • Yamhill County District Attorney Brad Berry

Elected Officials

  • Attorney General John Kroger
  • Multnomah County Commissioner Diane McKeel
  • Multnomah County Commissioner Judy Shiprack
  • Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith
  • Portland City Commissioner Randy Leonard

Community and Business Leaders

  • Steve Novich


Holton currently resides in Southeast Portland with his wife, Mary Ellen Glynn and their their two young children, Terence and Fiona. He coaches K-2nd grade basketball.[5]

Contact information


Campaign contact

Holton for Oregon
2236 SE 10th Avenue
Portland OR 97214

Email: info@holtonfororegon.com

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