George Holding

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George E.B. Holding
George Holding.jpg
U.S. House, North Carolina, District 13
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyRepublican
PredecessorBrad Miller (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Cost per vote$7.96 in 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,685,833
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolGroton School
Bachelor'sWake Forest University
J.D.Wake Forest University
Personal
BirthdayApril 17, 1968
Place of birthRaleigh, North Carolina
ProfessionProsecutor
Net worth$6,121,028
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
George E.B. Holding (b. August 17, 1968, in Raleigh, North Carolina) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives representing North Carolina's 13th Congressional District.

Holding was first elected to the House on November 6, 2012. Holding is currently serving his first term.[1]

Holding is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary election on May 6, 2014.[2]

Prior to his congressional career, Holding served the Federal Prosecutor's Office in Raleigh, N.C. under Attorney Frank Whitney until he was appointed by former U.S. President George W. Bush to succeed Whitney as Prosecutor.[3]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Holding is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

Holding grew up in Raleigh. He attended Groton School in Massachusetts and then graduated from Wake Forest University in 1990. He went on to get his J.D. from Wake Forest in 1996.[4]

Career

  • 2006-2011: U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of North Carolina
    • One of his more high profile cases involved initiating the prosecution of former Democratic Senator John Edwards. He had resigned to run for Congress and did not participate in the bulk of the hearing.[4]
  • 2002-2006: Assistant U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of North Carolina[4]
  • 2001-2002: Practicing lawyer[4]
  • 1999-2001: Legislative aide, Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C.[4]
  • 1996-1999: Practicing lawyer[4]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Holding serves on the following committees:[5]

  • Committee on Foreign Affairs
    • Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats
    • Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific
  • Committee on Judiciary
    • Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet
    • Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security
    • Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial, and Antitrust Law

Key votes

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[6] For more information pertaining to Holding's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Holding voted against HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[8]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Holding voted against HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[9]

CISPA (2013)

Neutral/Abstain Holding did not vote on HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[10]

Economy

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[11] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[12] Holding voted in favor of the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[13]

Voted "No" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[14] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Holding voted against HR 2775.[15]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Voted "Yes" Holding voted against HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.[16]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Holding voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[17] The vote largely followed party lines.[18]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Holding voted against House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[19]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "Yes" Holding voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[20]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

George Holding's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of all Congressional members based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Holding is a Libertarian-Leaning Conservative. Holding received a score of 31 percent on personal issues and 79 percent on economic issues.[21]

On The Issues organization logo.
On The Issues Vote Quiz
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Opposes Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Unknown Keep God in the public sphere Strongly Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Neutral
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Unknown
Support & expand free trade Unknown Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Unknown
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Unknown Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Opposes Expand the military Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Opposes Stay out of Iran Opposes
Privatize Social Security Unknown Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated in 2014.[21]

Campaign themes

2012

Holding's campaign website listed the following issues:[22]

  • Family
Excerpt: "The best way for government to help families is by simply reducing the burdens on families. Like cutting taxes. Taxes are the fastest growing expense in the average family's budget. Taxes cost families more than food, clothing or shelter."
  • Faith & Religious Freedom
Excerpt: "The freedom to pray and worship God is essential to the moral fiber of our nation. We Americans understand religious freedom extends to different faiths, but the Founding Fathers never intended freedom of religion to become government opposition to religion."
  • Federal Spending
Excerpt: "Congress has borrowed and spent until we're now sitting on a fiscal time bomb. What it takes to make spending cuts is simple: Political Courage. And we have to support leaders who have that kind of courage."
  • The Stimulus Plan
Excerpt: "After President Obama was elected he decided to spend us out of the recession, but it didn't work. Instead, three years later, it's clear we have dug the hole we're in deeper. The sooner we change courses and cut spending, the sooner our economy will recover."
  • Corporate Subsidies
Excerpt: "Elected officials simply need to have the courage to say no to special interests who lobby for corporate subsidies."

Elections

2014

See also: North Carolina's 13th Congressional District elections, 2014

Holding is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He ran unopposed for the nomination in the Republican primary election on May 6, 2014.[2] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: North Carolina's 13th Congressional District elections, 2012

"Unfunded Liabilities"

"Unglued"

Holding won election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing North Carolina's 13th District.[23][24] Holding defeated Paul Coble and Bill Randall in the Republican primary. He went on to defeat Charles Malone (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[25]

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in North Carolina in 2012 as 1 of the 10 states that could have determined whether Democrats retook the House or Republicans held their majority in 2013.[26] North Carolina was rated 8th on the list.[26]

U.S. House, North Carolina District 13 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Charles Malone 43.2% 160,115
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGeorge E.B. Holding 56.8% 210,495
Total Votes 370,610
Source: North Carolina State Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, North Carolina District 13 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGeorge Holding 43.5% 37,341
Paul Y. Coble 34.2% 29,354
Bill Randall 22.3% 19,119
Total Votes 85,814

Ads

In March 2012, Holding released a 30-second campaign ad titled "Unfunded Liabilities," that attacks rival Paul Coble's fiscal record.

On April 30, 2012, Holding released a second 30-second ad titled "Unglued."

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Holding is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Holding raised a total of $1,685,833 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 16, 2013.[27]

George Holding's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (North Carolina, District 13) Won $1,685,833
Grand Total Raised $1,685,833

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Holding’s reports.[28]

George E.B. Holding (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[29]April 15, 2013$12,108.83$114,038.32$(102,302.41)$23,844.74
July Quarterly[30]July 15, 2013$23,844.74$170,052.49$(140,226.08)$53,671.15
October Quarterly[31]October 14, 2013$53,671.15$222,983.93$(176,713.50)$99,941.58
Year-End Quarterly[32]December 31, 2013$99,941$141,045$(119,891)$121,045
April Quarterly[33]April 15, 2014$121,045.66$145,118$(148,751.18)$117,412.48
Pre-Primary[34]April 24, 2014$117,412.48$28,341.86$(46,050.24)$99,704.10
Running totals
$821,579.6$(733,934.41)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Holding's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Holding won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Holding's campaign committee raised a total of $1,685,833 and spent $1,673,724.[35]

Cost per vote

Holding spent $7.96 per vote received in 2012.

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have personally benefited from their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics pioneered by the Government Accountability Institute:

PGI: Net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Holding's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $3,177,058 and $9,064,998. That averages to $6,121,028, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Holding ranked as the 58th most wealthy representative in 2012.[36] Between 2011 and 2012, Holding's calculated net worth[37] decreased by an average of 7 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[38]

George Holding Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2011$6,569,217
2012$6,121,028.00
Growth from 2011 to 2012:-7%
Average annual growth:-7%[39]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[40]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

Analysis

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[41]

Holding most often votes with:

Holding least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Holding missed 3 of 108 roll call votes from Jan 2013 to Apr 2013, which is 2.8% of votes during that period. This is worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.[42]

Voting with party

June 2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Holding has voted with the Republican Party 95.6% of the time, which ranked 51st among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[43]

Personal

Holding is married to his wife, Lucy. Together, they have four children.

Recent news

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See also

External links

References

  1. Politico, "2012 Election Map, North Carolina"
  2. 2.0 2.1 Associated Press, "2014 primary results," accessed May 6, 2014
  3. Washington Times, "George E.B. Holding" accessed June 26, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 National Journal, "North Carolina, 13th House District: George Holding (R)," November 9, 2012
  5. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  9. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  10. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  11. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  12. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  13. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  14. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  15. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  16. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  17. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  18. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  19. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  20. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  21. 21.0 21.1 On The Issues, "George Holding Vote Match," accessed June 20, 2014
  22. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed September 13, 2013
  23. News & Observer, "Holding to run for Miller's seat," accessed December 26, 2011
  24. North Carolina State Board of Elections, "2012 Primary Results" accessed October 10, 2012
  25. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named nc
  26. 26.0 26.1 Washington Post, "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012" accessed April 25, 2012
  27. Open Secrets, "George E.B. Holding" accessed May 16, 2013
  28. Federal Election Commission, "George E.B. Holding Summary Report," accessed August 1, 2013
  29. Federal Election Commission, "George E.B. Holding April Quarterly," accessed August 1st, 2013
  30. Federal Election Commission, "George E.B. Holding July Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission, "George Holding October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
  32. Federal Election Commission, "George Holding Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 13, 2014
  33. Federal Election Commission, "George Holding April Quarterly," accessed May 16, 2014
  34. Federal Election Commission, "George Holding Pre-Primary," accessed May 16, 2014
  35. Open Secrets, "George Holding 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 1, 2013
  36. OpenSecrets.org,"George Holding (R-NC), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  37. This figure represents the average annual percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below) to 2012, divided by the number of years calculated.
  38. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  39. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  40. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  41. OpenCongress, "George Holding," accessed August 8, 2013
  42. GovTrack, "George Holding" accessed April 2013
  43. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Brad Miller
U.S. House of Representatives - North Carolina District 13
2013–Present
Succeeded by
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