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Rush D. Holt, Jr.
Rush Holt.jpg
U.S. House, New Jersey, District 12
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1999-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 15
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorMike Pappas (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 3, 1998
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$8,851,012
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sCarleton College
Master'sNew York University
Ph.D.New York University
Personal
BirthdayOctober 15, 1948
Place of birthWeston, West Virginia
ProfessionPhysicist, Professor
Net worth$1,956,006
ReligionQuaker
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Rush Dew Holt, Jr. (b. October 15, 1948, in Weston, West Virginia) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from New Jersey. Holt was elected by voters from New Jersey's 12th congressional district. He ran for re-election in 2012 and won.[1]

Holt ran for U.S. Senate in the special election for the seat left vacant by the death of Frank Lautenberg (D).[2] He was defeated by Cory Booker in the Democratic primary on August 13, 2013.[3]

Holt has worked as an arms control expert at the U.S. State Department where he monitored the nuclear programs of countries such as Iraq, Iran, North Korea, and the former Soviet Union. He has conducted extensive research on alternative energy and has his own patent for a solar energy device.[4]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Holt is one of the most reliable Democratic votes, meaning he can be considered a safe vote for the Democratic Party in Congress.

Biography

Holt was born in Weston, West Virginia. He earned a B.A. from Carleton College in 1970, and his M.S. and Ph.D. from New York University in 1981.[5]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Holt's academic, professional and political career:[4]

  • 1989-1998: Assistant Director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Labratory

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Holt serves on the following committees:[6]

2011-2012

Holt served on the following committees:[7]

Issues

American response in Syria

More than one hundred House lawmakers signed a letter urging President Barack Obama to call Congress back into session if he planned to use military force in Syria.[8]

Rep. Scott Rigell wrote in the letter in August 2013 that “engaging our military in Syria when no direct threat to the United States exists and without prior congressional authorization would violate the separation of powers that is clearly delineated in the Constitution.”[8][9]

The members of Congress believed that Obama should have asked Congress for permission before engaging in Libya. “If the use of 221 Tomahawk cruise missles, [sic] 704 Joint Direct Attack Munitions, and 42 Predator Hellfire missiles expended in Libya does not constitute ‘hostilities,’ what does?” the letter asked.[9]

“If you deem that military action in Syria is necessary, Congress can reconvene at your request. We stand ready to come back into session, consider the facts before us, and share the burden of decisions made regarding U.S. involvement in the quickly escalating Syrian conflict,” stated the letter.[9]

Ninety-eight of the signers of the letter were Republicans. Holt was one of eighteen Democratic members to sign the letter.[9]

Political positions

Specific votes

Rep. Holt voted for TARP.[10] According to a Gallup poll from September 13, 2010, 61% of Americans disapprove of TARP, while 37% approve.[11]

Holt also supported the auto bailout.[12] As of September 13, 2010: 56% of Americans disapproved of the auto bailout, while 43% supported it.[13]

In addition, Rep. Holt voted for the stimulus bill.[14] 57% of U.S. voters believe that the stimulus has either hurt the economy (36%) or had no impact (21%). 38% believe the stimulus helped the economy. [15]

Holt also voted in favor of the "Cash for Clunkers" bill.[16] According to a June 2009 Rasmussen Reports poll, 54% of likely U.S. voters opposed Cash for Clunkers, while 35% supported it.[17]

Holt supported the "Cap and Trade" bill.[18] Just after the bill’s passage, 42% of likely U.S. voters said that cap and trade would hurt the economy, while 19% believed it would help. 15% said that the bill would have no impact.[19]

Finally, Holt voted in favor of the health care reform bill.[20] 57% of likely voters at least somewhat favor repeal of the health care reform bill, including 46% who strongly favor repeal. 35% of likely voters oppose repeal. 51% of likely voters believe the health care reform bill will be bad for the country, while 36% believe it will be beneficial.[21]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Holt voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[22]

Elections

2013

See also: United States Senate special election in New Jersey, 2013

Holt released an introductory campaign video on June 19, 2013 in which he made clear that he is not Cory Booker, the Democratic frontrunner in the special election.

Holt ran for U.S. Senate in the special election for the seat left vacant by the death of Frank Lautenberg (D).[23] Mayor of Newark Cory Booker, Rep. Frank Pallone and Speaker of the State Assembly Sheila Oliver all sought the Democratic party nomination.[24][25] Holt was defeated by Cory Booker in the Democratic primary on August 13, 2013.[3]

2012

See also: New Jersey's 12th congressional district elections, 2012

Holt ran for re-election in 2012. He was unopposed in the Democratic primary and faced Republican Eric Beck in the November 6 general election.[26]

U.S. House, New Jersey District 12 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRush D. Holt, Jr. Incumbent 69.2% 189,926
     Republican Eric Beck 29.5% 80,906
     Independent Kenneth Cody 0.5% 1,305
     Independent Jack Freudenheim 0.8% 2,261
Total Votes 274,398
Source: New Jersey Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Holts is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Holts raised a total of $8,851,012 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 23, 2013.[34]

Rush D. Holt, Jr.'s Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (New Jersey, District 12) Won $2,084,904
2010 US House (New Jersey, District 12) Won $2,616,604
2008 US House (New Jersey, District 12) Won $1,181,465
2006 US House (New Jersey, District 12) Won $1,465,207
2004 US House (New Jersey, District 12) Won $1,502,832
Grand Total Raised $8,851,012

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 Holt's reports.[35]

Rush D. Holt, Jr. (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[36]4/15/2013$769,057.96$130,738.08$(102,629.71)$797,166.33
July Quarterly[37]7/15/2013$797,166.33$241,605.63$(610,112.36)$428,659.60
Running totals
$372,343.71$(712,742.07)

2012

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

Holt won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Holt's campaign committee raised a total of $2,084,904 and spent $1,511,880.[38]

Cost per vote

Holt spent $7.96 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Holt's campaign funds before the 2010 election.
Holt was re-elected to the U.S. House in 2010 for a seventh term. His campaign committee raised a total of $2,616,604 and spent $2,958,135.[39]

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.[40]

Holt most often votes with:

Holt least often votes with:

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Holt is a "far-left Democratic leader," as of June 20, 2013.[41]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Holt missed 113 of 9,874 roll call votes from January 1999 to April 2013. This amounts to 1.1%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[42]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Holt paid his congressional staff a total of $992,631 in 2011. Overall, New Jersey ranks 42nd in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[43]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Holt's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $682,014 to $3,229,998. That averages to $1,956,006, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2011 of $5,107,874.[44]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Holt's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $146,014 to $2,915,997. Averaging to a net worth of $1,531,005.50 which is lower than the average net worth of Democrats in 2010 of $4,465,875.[45]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Holt ranked 42nd in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[46]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Holt was tied with one other member of the U.S. House of Representatives ranking 43rd in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[47]

Percentage voting with party

2013

Rush D. Holt, Jr. voted with the Democratic Party 94.9% of the time, which ranked 97th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[48]

Personal

Holt is a five-time winner of the game show "Jeopardy." In February 2011, Holt beat Watson, IBM's computer system in a simulated round of Jeopardy at an event to promote innovation. Holt is married to Margaret Lancefield, a physician and Medical Director of the Princeton charity care clinic. They have three grown children, Michael, Dejan and Rachel, and seven grandchildren, Niala, Noah, Boaz, Varun, Rohan, Cecile, and Joshua.[49]

Recent news

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External links


References

  1. Politico "2012 House Race Results"
  2. Roll Call "Rush Holt Confirms Senate Bid #NJSEN" Accessed June 7, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 WNYC, "Election 2013," accessed August 13, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 Representative Rush Holt, Proudly Serving New Jersey's 12th District "Biography"
  5. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "HOLT, Rush, (1948 - )"
  6. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  7. Representative Rush Holt, Proudly Serving New Jersey's 12th District "Committee Assignments"
  8. 8.0 8.1 Yahoo, "65 Lawmakers Ask Obama to Consult on Syria," accessed August 28, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Politico, "33 lawmakers: Congress must approve Syria action," accessed August 28, 2013
  10. http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2008/roll681.xml
  11. Gallup "Among Recent Bills, Financial Reform a Lone Plus for Congress," September 13, 2010
  12. US House Clerk "Roll Call 690" December 10, 2008
  13. Gallup "Among Recent Bills, Financial Reform a Lone Plus for Congress," September 13, 2010
  14. US House Clerk "Roll Call 46," January 28, 2009
  15. Rasmussen "38% Say Stimulus Plan Helped Economy, 36% Say It Hurt," August 24, 2010
  16. US House Clerk "Roll Call 314," June 9, 2009
  17. Rasmussen "54% Oppose “Cash for Clunkers” Plan To Spur Purchase of Greener Cars," June 23, 2009
  18. US House Clerk "Roll Call 477," June 26, 2009
  19. Rasmussen "42% Say Climate Change Bill Will Hurt The Economy," June 30, 2009
  20. US House Clerk "Roll Call 165," March 21, 2010
  21. Rasmussen "61% Favor Repeal of Health Care Law," September 20, 2010
  22. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  23. Roll Call "Rush Holt Confirms Senate Bid #NJSEN" Accessed June 7, 2013
  24. Roll Call, "Pallone Makes Preparations for Senate Campaign in N.J.," January 2, 2012
  25. Politico "Cory Booker’s unexpected sprint for Senate" Accessed June 5, 2013
  26. NJ.gov "U.S. Senate Primary Candidates," Accessed April 2, 2012
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  33. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  34. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Rush Holt," Accessed April 23, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission "Holt 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 23, 2013
  36. FEC "April Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  37. FEC "July Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  38. Open Secrets "Rush Holt 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 26, 2013
  39. Open Secrets "Rush Holt 2010 Election Data," Accessed December 2, 2011
  40. OpenCongress, "Rush Holt Jr.," Accessed August 6, 2013
  41. Gov Track "Rush Holt," Accessed June 20, 2013
  42. GovTrack, "Holt," Accessed April 10, 2013
  43. LegiStorm, "Rush Holt," Accessed October 2, 2012
  44. OpenSecrets.org "Rush Holt (D-NJ), 2011," accessed February 14, 2013
  45. OpenSecrets.org, "Rush Holt (D-NJ), 2010," Accessed October 2, 2012
  46. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 6, 2013
  47. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  48. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  49. Representative Rush Holt, Proudly Serving New Jersey's 12th District "Biography"
Political offices
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Mike Pappas
U.S. House of Representatives - New Jersey District 12
1999-Present
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