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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
Cost per vote$7.96 in 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$2,654,009
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]

On February 18, 2014, Holt announced that he would not seek re-election in 2014.[4]

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.[5]

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.[6]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Holt's academic, professional and political career:[5]

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

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Holt serves on the following committees:[7]

2011-2012

Holt served on the following committees:[8]

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[9] For more information pertaining to Holt's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[10]

National security

American response in Syria

See also: United States involvement 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.[11]

Rep. Scott Rigell wrote in the letter in August 2013, “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.”[11][12]

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.[12]

“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.[12]

Ninety-eight of the signers of the letter were Republicans. Holt was one of 18 Democratic members to sign the letter.[12]

On August 29, 2013, more than 50 House Democrats signed a letter written by California Rep. Barbara Lee that called for a congressional resolution on strikes, and cautioned that the dire situation in Syria "should not draw us into an unwise war—especially without adhering to our constitutional requirements."[12][13] The letter also called on the Obama administration to work with the U.N. Security Council “to build international consensus” condemning the alleged use of chemical weapons. Holt was one of the 50 Democrats in the House to sign the letter.[12][13]

NDAA

Voted "No" Holt voted in opposition of 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.[14]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Holt voted in opposition of 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 and was largely along party lines.[14]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" Holt voted in favor of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[14]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "No" Holt voted in opposition of 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.[15] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[14]

Economy

Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "No" Holt voted against the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[16] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[17]

King Amendment

Holt signed a letter sent to Collin Peterson in August 2013, asking him to keep Steve King's amendment out of the final Farm Bill.[18] The "Protect Interstate Commerce Act" amendment prevents states from applying their own laws on agricultural products to agricultural products from another state.[19]. King introduced the amendment in response to a law in California, requiring a larger size cage for egg-producing chickens. King represents Iowa, which is a large egg producer.

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" 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.[20] 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.[21] Holt voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[20]

Voted "Yes" 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.[22] 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. Holt voted for HR 2775.[23]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" Holt 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.[24] The vote largely followed party lines.[25]

Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare

Voted "No" Holt has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[26]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "No" Holt 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. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[27]

Previous congressional sessions

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 who voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[28]

Specific votes

Rep. Holt voted for TARP.[29] According to a Gallup poll from September 13, 2010, 61% of Americans disapprove of TARP, while 37% approve.[30]

Holt also supported the auto bailout.[31] As of September 13, 2010: 56% of Americans disapproved of the auto bailout, while 43% supported it.[32]

In addition, Rep. Holt voted for the stimulus bill.[33] 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.[34]

Holt also voted in favor of the "Cash for Clunkers" bill.[35] According to a June 2009 Rasmussen Reports poll, 54% of likely U.S. voters opposed Cash for Clunkers, while 35% supported it.[36]

Holt supported the "Cap and Trade" bill.[37] 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.[38]

Finally, Holt voted in favor of the health care reform bill.[39] 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.[40]

Elections

2014

See also: New Jersey's 12th Congressional District elections, 2014

On February 18, 2014, Holt announced that he would not seek re-election in 2014.[4]

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).[41] Mayor of Newark Cory Booker, Rep. Frank Pallone and Speaker of the State Assembly Sheila Oliver all sought the Democratic party nomination.[42][43] Holt was defeated by Cory Booker in the Democratic primary on August 13, 2013.[3]

U.S. Senate, New Jersey Special Democratic Primary, 2013
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCory Booker 59.2% 216,936
Frank Pallone 19.8% 72,584
Rush Holt 16.8% 61,463
Sheila Oliver 4.3% 15,656
Total Votes 366,639
Source: Official Election Results from New Jersey Division of Elections[44]

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.[45]

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.[53]

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 were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Holt's reports before announcing that he would not seek re-election in 2014.[54]

Rush D. Holt, Jr. (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[55]April 15, 2013$769,057.96$130,738.08$(102,629.71)$797,166.33
July Quarterly[56]July 15, 2013$797,166.33$241,605.63$(610,112.36)$428,659.60
October Quarterly[57]October 15, 2013$428,659.60$-10,376.61$(111,263.97)$307,019.02
Year-End Quarterly[58]December 31, 2013$307,019$114,964$(91,608)$309,356
Running totals
$476,931.1$(915,614.04)

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.[59]

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.[60]

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.[61]

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.[62]

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.[62]

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.[63]

Net worth

See also: Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Holt's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $1,113,020 and $4,194,998. That averages to $2,654,009, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Holt ranked as the 121st most wealthy representative in 2012.[64]

Rush D. Holt, Jr. Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2012$2,654,009.00
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.

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.[65]

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.[66]

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.[67]

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.[5]

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External links


References

  1. Politico, "2012 House Race Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  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 New York Times, "Representative Rush Holt, of New Jersey, Will Not Seek Re-election," accessed February 18, 2014
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Representative Rush Holt, Proudly Serving New Jersey's 12th District, "Biography"
  6. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "HOLT, Rush, (1948 - )"
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  10. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
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U.S. House of Representatives - New Jersey District 12
1999-Present
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