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}}{{tnr}}'''Rush Dew Holt, Jr.''' (b. October 15, 1948) 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.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/House/2012/ ''Politico'' "2012 House Race Results"]</ref>
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}}{{tnr}}'''Rush Dew Holt, Jr.''' (b. October 15, 1948, in Weston, [[West Virginia|WV]]) 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.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/House/2012/ ''Politico'', "2012 House Race Results," accessed November 6, 2012]</ref>
  
Holt is running for [[U.S. Senate]] in the [[United States Senate special election in New Jersey, 2013|special election]] for the seat left vacant by the death of [[Frank Lautenberg]] (D).<ref>[http://atr.rollcall.com/rush-holt-confirms-senate-bid-njsen/ ''Roll Call'' "Rush Holt Confirms Senate Bid #NJSEN" Accessed June 7, 2013]</ref>
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Holt ran for [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] in the [[United States Senate special election in New Jersey, 2013|special election]] for the seat left vacant by the death of [[Frank Lautenberg]] (D).<ref>[http://atr.rollcall.com/rush-holt-confirms-senate-bid-njsen/ ''Roll Call'', "Rush Holt Confirms Senate Bid #NJSEN," accessed June 7, 2013]</ref> He was defeated by [[Cory Booker]] in the [[Democratic]] primary on August 13, 2013.<ref name="results">[http://project.wnyc.org/election2013/ ''WNYC'', "Election 2013," accessed August 13, 2013]</ref>
  
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.<ref name=bio>[http://holt.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=14&Itemid=14 ''Representative Rush Holt, Proudly Serving New Jersey's 12th District'' "Biography"]</ref>
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On February 18, 2014, Holt announced that he would not seek re-election in 2014.<ref name=NYT>[http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/19/nyregion/representative-rush-holt-of-new-jersey-will-not-seek-re-election.html?_r=0 ''New York Times'', "Representative Rush Holt, of New Jersey, Will Not Seek Re-election," accessed February 18, 2014]</ref>
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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.<ref name=bio>[https://web.archive.org/web/2/http://holt.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=14&Itemid=14 ''Representative Rush Holt, Proudly Serving New Jersey's 12th District'', "Biography," accessed December 3, 2011]</ref>
  
 
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==Biography==
 
==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.<ref>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=h001032 ''Biographical Directory of the United States Congress'' "HOLT, Rush, (1948 - )"]</ref>
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Holt was born in Weston, [[West Virginia|WV]]. He earned a B.A. from Carleton College in 1970 and went on to earn both his M.S. and Ph.D. from New York University.<ref name=bioguide>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=h001032 ''Biographical Directory of the United States Congress'', "HOLT, Rush, (1948 - )," accessed October 16, 2014]</ref>
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==Career==
 
==Career==
Below is an abbreviated outline of Holt's academic, professional and political career:<ref name=bio>[http://holt.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=14&Itemid=14 ''Representative Rush Holt, Proudly Serving New Jersey's 12th District'' "Biography"]</ref>
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Below is an abbreviated outline of Holt's academic, professional and political career:<ref name=bioguide/><ref name=bio/>
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*1966: Graduated from the Landon School, Bethesda, MD
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*1970: Earned B.A. from Carleton College, Northfield, MN
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*1974: Earned M.S. from New York University, New York, NY
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*1981: Earned Ph.D. from New York University, New York, NY
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*1982-1983: Congressional Science Fellow with the U.S. House, Office of Rep. Bob Edgar (D-PA)
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*1980-1988: Professor at Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA
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*1987-1989: Acting chief of the Nuclear and Scientific Division, Office of Strategic Forces, [[U.S. Department of State]]
 
*1989-1998: Assistant Director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Labratory
 
*1989-1998: Assistant Director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Labratory
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*1999-Present: [[United States House of Representatives|U.S. Representative]] for [[New Jersey's 12th Congressional District]]
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==Committee assignments==
 
==Committee assignments==
 
===U.S. House===
 
===U.S. House===
 
====2013-2014====
 
====2013-2014====
Holt serves on the following committees:<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/ ''CQ.com,'' "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"]</ref>
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Holt serves on the following committees:<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/ ''CQ.com'', "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013]</ref>
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce|Education and the Workforce Committee]]
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce|Education and the Workforce Committee]]
 
**Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training
 
**Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training
**Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions
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**Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions ''Ranking Member''
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources|Natural Resources Committee]]
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources|Natural Resources Committee]]
**Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources - Ranking Minority Member
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**Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources ''Ranking Member''
 
**Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation
 
**Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation
  
 
====2011-2012====
 
====2011-2012====
Holt served on the following committees:<ref>[http://holt.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=16&Itemid=15 ''Representative Rush Holt, Proudly Serving New Jersey's 12th District'' "Committee Assignments"]</ref>
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Holt served on the following committees:<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/2/http://holt.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=16&Itemid=15 ''Representative Rush Holt, Proudly Serving New Jersey's 12th District'', "Committee Assignments," accessed December 3, 2011]</ref>
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce|Education and the Workforce Committee]]
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce|Education and the Workforce Committee]]
 
**Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education
 
**Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education
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**Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands
 
**Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands
  
==Issues==
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===113th Congress===
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Rep. Holt voted for TARP.<ref>http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2008/roll681.xml</ref> According to a Gallup poll from September 13, 2010, 61% of Americans disapprove of TARP, while 37% approve.<ref>[http://www.gallup.com/poll/142967/Among-Recent-Bills-Financial-Reform-Lone-Plus-Congress.aspx ''Gallup'' "Among Recent Bills, Financial Reform a Lone Plus for Congress," September 13, 2010]</ref>
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Holt also supported the auto bailout.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2008/roll690.xml ''US House Clerk'' "Roll Call 690" December 10, 2008]</ref> As of September 13, 2010: 56% of Americans disapproved
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===National security===
of the auto bailout, while 43% supported it.<ref>[http://www.gallup.com/poll/142967/Among-Recent-Bills-Financial-Reform-Lone-Plus-Congress.aspx ''Gallup'' "Among Recent Bills, Financial Reform a Lone Plus for Congress," September 13, 2010]</ref>
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====NDAA====
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{{Nay vote}} 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.<ref name=ns>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/22574/rush-holt-jr?categoryId=61&type=V,S,R,E,F,P#.UkndKRCmUrg ''Project Vote Smart'', "Representative Rush Holt's Voting Records on National Security," accessed September 30, 2013]</ref>
  
In addition, Rep. Holt voted for the stimulus bill.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2009/roll046.xml ''US House Clerk'' "Roll Call 46," January 28, 2009]</ref> 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. <ref>[http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/business/economic_stimulus_package/august_2010/38_say_stimulus_plan_helped_economy_36_say_it_hurt ''Rasmussen'' "38% Say Stimulus Plan Helped Economy, 36% Say It Hurt," August 24, 2010]</ref>
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====DHS Appropriations====
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{{Nay vote}} 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.<ref name=ns/>
  
Holt also voted in favor of the "Cash for Clunkers" bill.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2009/roll314.xml ''US House Clerk'' "Roll Call 314," June 9, 2009]</ref> According to a June 2009 Rasmussen Reports poll, 54% of likely U.S. voters opposed Cash for Clunkers, while 35% supported it.<ref>[http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/business/auto_industry/june_2009/54_oppose_cash_for_clunkers_plan_to_spur_purchase_of_greener_cars ''Rasmussen'' "54% Oppose “Cash for Clunkers” Plan To Spur Purchase of Greener Cars," June 23, 2009]</ref>
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====Keystone Pipeline Amendment====
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{{Yea vote}} 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.<ref name=ns/>
  
Holt supported the "Cap and Trade" bill.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2009/roll477.xml ''US House Clerk'' "Roll Call 477," June 26, 2009]</ref> 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.<ref>[http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/environment_energy/42_say_climate_change_bill_will_hurt_the_economy ''Rasmussen'' "42% Say Climate Change Bill Will Hurt The Economy," June 30, 2009]</ref>
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====CISPA (2013)====
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{{Nay vote}} 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 permitted federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.<ref>[http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/F?c113:4:./temp/~c113vMEvNq:e679: ''The Library of Congress'', "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013]</ref> The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.<ref name=ns/>
  
Finally, Holt voted in favor of the health care reform bill.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2010/roll165.xml ''US House Clerk'' "Roll Call 165," March 21, 2010]</ref> 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.<ref>[http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/healthcare/september_2010/61_favor_repeal_of_health_care_law ''Rasmussen'' "61% Favor Repeal of Health Care Law," September 20, 2010]</ref>
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===Economy===
===Specific votes===
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====Farm Bill====
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: ''See also: [[United States Farm Bill 2013]]''
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{{Nay vote}}
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Holt voted against the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013.  The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/22574/rush-holt-jr?categoryId=4&type=V,S,R,E,F,P,E#.UknesRCmUrg ''Project Vote Smart'', "Holt on agriculture," accessed September 30, 2013]</ref>  The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.<ref>[http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/12/us/politics/house-bill-would-split-farm-and-food-stamp-programs.html?pagewanted=1&_r=0 ''New York Times'', "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps," accessed September 17, 2013]</ref>
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====Government shutdown====
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{{nay vote}}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.<ref name=clerk>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll504.xml ''Clerk of the U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref> 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.<ref>[http://www.buzzfeed.com/katenocera/government-shutdown-how-we-got-here?bffb ''Buzzfeed'', "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013]</ref> Holt voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.<ref name=clerk/>
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{{Yea vote}} The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the [[United States Senate|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 [[United States Senate|Senate Democrats]] was to require income verification for [[Obamacare]] subsidies.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-effort-to-end-fiscal-crisis-collapses-leaving-senate-to-forge-last-minute-solution/2013/10/16/1e8bb150-364d-11e3-be86-6aeaa439845b_story_1.html ''The Washington Post'', "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref> 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.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll550.xml ''U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
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===Immigration===
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====Morton Memos Prohibition====
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{{Nay vote}} 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.<ref>[http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d113:hamdt136: ''The Library of Congress'', "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013]</ref> The vote largely followed party lines.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/22574/rush-holt-jr?categoryId=40&type=V,S,R,E,F,P,E,E#.Ukne5BCmUrg ''Project Vote Smart'', "Representative Rush Holt's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed September 30, 2013]</ref>
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===Healthcare===
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====Repealing Obamacare====
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{{Nay vote}} Holt has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/22574/rush-holt-jr?categoryId=38&type=V,S,R,E,F,P,E,E,E#.UknfExCmUrg ''Project Vote Smart'', "Representative Holt's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed September 30, 2013]</ref>
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===Social issues===
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====Abortion====
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{{Nay vote}} 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 was to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/22574/rush-holt-jr?categoryId=2&type=V,S,R,E,F,P,E,E,E,E#.UknfYhCmUrg ''Project Vote Smart'', "Holt on abortion," accessed September 30, 2013]</ref>
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===Previous congressional sessions===
 
====Fiscal Cliff====
 
====Fiscal Cliff====
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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.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'' "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'', "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013]</ref>
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====Specific votes====
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Rep. Holt voted for TARP.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2008/roll681.xml ''Clerk of the U.S. House'', "Final Vote Results for Roll Call 681," accessed December 3, 2011]</ref> According to a Gallup poll from September 13, 2010, 61 percent of Americans disapproved of TARP, while 37 percent approved.<ref>[http://www.gallup.com/poll/142967/Among-Recent-Bills-Financial-Reform-Lone-Plus-Congress.aspx ''Gallup'', "Among Recent Bills, Financial Reform a Lone Plus for Congress," accessed September 13, 2010]</ref>
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Holt also supported the auto bailout.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2008/roll690.xml ''Clerk of the U.S. House'', "Roll Call 690," accessed December 10, 2008]</ref> As of September 13, 2010, 56 percent of Americans disapproved of the auto bailout, while 43 percent supported it.<ref>[http://www.gallup.com/poll/142967/Among-Recent-Bills-Financial-Reform-Lone-Plus-Congress.aspx ''Gallup'', "Among Recent Bills, Financial Reform a Lone Plus for Congress," accessed September 13, 2010]</ref>
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In addition, Rep. Holt voted for the stimulus bill.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2009/roll046.xml ''Clerk of the U.S. House'', "Roll Call 46," accessed January 28, 2009]</ref> A total of 57 percent of U.S. voters believed that the stimulus had hurt the economy (36 percent) or had no impact (21 percent). Only 38 percent believed the stimulus helped the economy.<ref>[http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/business/economic_stimulus_package/august_2010/38_say_stimulus_plan_helped_economy_36_say_it_hurt ''Rasmussen'', "38% Say Stimulus Plan Helped Economy, 36% Say It Hurt," accessed August 24, 2010]</ref>
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Holt also voted in favor of the "Cash for Clunkers" bill.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2009/roll314.xml ''Clerk of the U.S. House'', "Roll Call 314," accessed June 9, 2009]</ref> According to a June 2009 Rasmussen Reports poll, 54 percent of likely U.S. voters opposed Cash for Clunkers, while 35 percent supported it.<ref>[http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/business/auto_industry/june_2009/54_oppose_cash_for_clunkers_plan_to_spur_purchase_of_greener_cars ''Rasmussen'', "54% Oppose 'Cash for Clunkers' Plan To Spur Purchase of Greener Cars," accessed June 23, 2009]</ref>
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Holt supported the "Cap and Trade" bill.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2009/roll477.xml ''Clerk of the U.S. House'', "Roll Call 477," accessed June 26, 2009]</ref> Just after the bill’s passage, 42 percent of likely U.S. voters said that cap and trade would hurt the economy, while 19 percent believed that it would help. Another 15 percent said that the bill would have no impact.<ref>[http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/environment_energy/42_say_climate_change_bill_will_hurt_the_economy ''Rasmussen'', "42% Say Climate Change Bill Will Hurt The Economy," accessed June 30, 2009]</ref>
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Finally, Holt voted in favor of the health care reform bill.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2010/roll165.xml ''Clerk of the U.S. House'', "Roll Call 165," accessed March 21, 2010]</ref> About 57 percent of likely voters at least somewhat favored repeal of the health care reform bill, including 46 percent who strongly favored repeal. Only 35 percent of likely voters opposed repeal. A total of 51 percent of likely voters believed the health care reform bill would be bad for the country, while 36 percent believed it would be beneficial.<ref>[http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/healthcare/september_2010/61_favor_repeal_of_health_care_law ''Rasmussen'', "61% Favor Repeal of Healthcare Law," accessed September 20, 2010]</ref>
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==Issues==
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===On The Issues Vote Match===
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[[File:s080_010.gif|right|290px|thumb|Rush D. Holt, Jr.'s Vote Match results from ''On The Issues''.]]
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:: ''See also: [[On The Issues Vote Match]]''
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''On The Issues'' conducts a [http://www.ontheissues.org/Quiz/Quiz2012.asp?quiz=Pres2012 VoteMatch] analysis of elected officials 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, Holt is a '''Hard-Core Liberal.''' Holt received a score of 76 percent on social issues and 6 percent on economic issues.<ref name="ontheissues"/>
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{{Ontheissues vote quiz|Name= Holt |Date=2014|Ref=<ref name="ontheissues">[http://Senate.OnTheIssues.org/Senate/Rush_Holt.htm ''On The Issues'', "Rush D. Holt, Jr. Vote Match," accessed June 18, 2014]</ref>
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|Abortion= Strongly Favors
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|Hiring= Strongly Favors
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|Marriage= Strongly Favors
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|God= Strongly Opposes
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|ObamaCare=Strongly Favors
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|Social Security= Opposes
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|School Choice= Strongly Opposes
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|Animals=Strongly Opposes
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|Crime= Opposes
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|Guns= Strongly Opposes
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|Taxes=Favors
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|Citizenship=Strongly Favors
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|Free Trade= Opposes
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|United Nations=Strongly Opposes
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|Military=Opposes
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|Campaign Funds= Strongly Favors
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|Iran=Strongly Favors
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|Energy=Strongly Favors
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|Marijuana=Strongly Opposes
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|Stimulus=Strongly Favors
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===National security===
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====American response in Syria====
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: ''See also: [[United States involvement in Syria]]''
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{{Syria letter|Name=Holt}}
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{{Dem letter on Syria|Name=Holt}}
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===Economy===
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====King Amendment====
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Holt signed a letter sent to [[Collin Peterson]] in August 2013, asking him to keep [[Steve King (Iowa)|Steve King]]'s amendment out of the final Farm Bill.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/public-statement/806604/letter-to-ranking-member-collin-peterson-house-committee-on-agriculture-reject-rep-kings-provision-on-farm-bill#.UkBtzIakrMk ''Project Vote Smart'', "Letter to Ranking Member Collin Peterson, House Committee on Agriculture - Reject Rep. King's Provision on Farm Bill," accessed September 23, 2013]</ref>  The "Protect Interstate Commerce Act" amendment prevents states from applying their own laws on agricultural products to agricultural products from another state.<ref>[http://swampland.time.com/2013/08/17/king-farm-bill-amendment-angers-animal-advocates/ ''Time.com'', "King Farm Bill Amendment Angers Animal Advocates," accessed September 18, 2013]</ref>.  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.
  
 
==Elections==
 
==Elections==
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===2014===
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:: ''See also: [[New Jersey's 12th Congressional District elections, 2014]]''
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On February 18, 2014, Holt announced that he would not seek re-election in 2014.<ref name=NYT/>
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===2013===
 
===2013===
 
::''See also: [[United States Senate special election in New Jersey, 2013]]''
 
::''See also: [[United States Senate special election in New Jersey, 2013]]''
  
 
{{youtube|title=Evy1WJU3NC4|size=250|caption= 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.}}
 
{{youtube|title=Evy1WJU3NC4|size=250|caption= 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 is running for [[U.S. Senate]] in the [[United States Senate special election in New Jersey, 2013|special election]] for the seat left vacant by the death of [[Frank Lautenberg]] (D).<ref>[http://atr.rollcall.com/rush-holt-confirms-senate-bid-njsen/ ''Roll Call'' "Rush Holt Confirms Senate Bid #NJSEN" Accessed June 7, 2013]</ref> Mayor of Newark [[Cory Booker]], [[U.S. House|Rep.]] [[Frank Pallone]] and [[Speaker of the House|Speaker]] of the [[New Jersey State Assembly|State Assembly]] [[Sheila Oliver]] are also considering seeking the [[Democratic]] party nomination.<ref>[http://www.rollcall.com/news/pallone_makes_preparations_for_senate_campaign_in_nj-220501-1.html ''Roll Call,'' "Pallone Makes Preparations for Senate Campaign in N.J.," January 2, 2012]</ref><ref name="run">[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/06/cory-booker-senate-92236.html?hp=t2_3 ''Politico'' "Cory Booker’s unexpected sprint for Senate" Accessed June 5, 2013]</ref>
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Holt ran for [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] in the [[United States Senate special election in New Jersey, 2013|special election]] for the seat left vacant by the death of [[Frank Lautenberg]] (D).<ref>[http://atr.rollcall.com/rush-holt-confirms-senate-bid-njsen/ ''Roll Call'', "Rush Holt Confirms Senate Bid #NJSEN," accessed June 7, 2013]</ref> Mayor of Newark [[Cory Booker]], [[U.S. House|Rep.]] [[Frank Pallone]] and [[Speaker of the House|Speaker]] of the [[New Jersey State Assembly|State Assembly]] [[Sheila Oliver]] also sought the [[Democratic]] party nomination.<ref>[http://www.rollcall.com/news/pallone_makes_preparations_for_senate_campaign_in_nj-220501-1.html ''Roll Call'', "Pallone Makes Preparations for Senate Campaign in N.J.," accessed January 2, 2012]</ref><ref name="run">[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/06/cory-booker-senate-92236.html?hp=t2_3 ''Politico'', "Cory Booker’s unexpected sprint for Senate," accessed June 5, 2013]</ref> Holt was defeated by [[Cory Booker]] in the [[Democratic]] primary on August 13, 2013.<ref name="results"/>
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===2012===
 
===2012===
::''See also: [[New Jersey's 12th congressional district elections, 2012]]''
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::''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.<ref>[http://www.nj.gov/state/elections/election-results/2012-unofficial-primary-candidates-us-senate-0402-906.pdf ''NJ.gov'' "U.S. Senate Primary Candidates," Accessed April 2, 2012]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://www.nj.gov/state/elections/election-results/2012-unofficial-primary-candidates-us-senate-0402-906.pdf ''NJ.gov'', "U.S. Senate Primary Candidates," accessed April 2, 2012] ''([[dead link]])''</ref>
 
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==Campaign donors==
 
==Campaign donors==
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===Fundraising events===
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The below chart from [http://members-of-congress.findthebest.com/l/445/Rush-Holt Find The Best] tracks the fundraising events Holt attends.
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<br>
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===Comprehensive donor history===
 
{{Comprehensive donor history
 
{{Comprehensive donor history
 
|Name=Holts
 
|Name=Holts
 
|Editdate=April 23, 2013
 
|Editdate=April 23, 2013
 
|year=2000
 
|year=2000
|link=<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/elections.php?cycle=Career&cid=N00000860&type=I ''Open Secrets'' "Career Fundraising for Rush Holt," Accessed April 23, 2013]</ref>
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|link=<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/elections.php?cycle=Career&cid=N00000860&type=I ''Open Secrets'', "Career Fundraising for Rush Holt," accessed April 23, 2013]</ref>
 
|party=Democratic
 
|party=Democratic
 
|totalraised2012=2084904
 
|totalraised2012=2084904
 
|result2012=Won
 
|result2012=Won
|office2012=US House (New Jersey, [[New Jersey's 12th congressional district{{!}}District 12]])
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|office2012=US House (New Jersey, [[New Jersey's 12th Congressional District{{!}}District 12]])
 
|totalraised2010=2616604
 
|totalraised2010=2616604
 
|result2010=Won
 
|result2010=Won
|office2010=US House (New Jersey, [[New Jersey's 12th congressional district{{!}}District 12]])
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|office2010=US House (New Jersey, [[New Jersey's 12th Congressional District{{!}}District 12]])
 
|totalraised2008=1181465
 
|totalraised2008=1181465
 
|result2008=Won
 
|result2008=Won
|office2008=US House (New Jersey, [[New Jersey's 12th congressional district{{!}}District 12]])
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|office2008=US House (New Jersey, [[New Jersey's 12th Congressional District{{!}}District 12]])
 
|totalraised2006=1465207
 
|totalraised2006=1465207
 
|result2006=Won
 
|result2006=Won
|office2006=US House (New Jersey, [[New Jersey's 12th congressional district{{!}}District 12]])
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|office2006=US House (New Jersey, [[New Jersey's 12th Congressional District{{!}}District 12]])
 
|totalraised2004=1502832
 
|totalraised2004=1502832
 
|result2004=Won
 
|result2004=Won
|office2004=US House (New Jersey, [[New Jersey's 12th congressional district{{!}}District 12]])
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|office2004=US House (New Jersey, [[New Jersey's 12th Congressional District{{!}}District 12]])
 
|total2002=2046946
 
|total2002=2046946
 
|result2002=Won
 
|result2002=Won
|office2002=US House (New Jersey, [[New Jersey's 12th congressional district{{!}}District 12]])
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|office2002=US House (New Jersey, [[New Jersey's 12th Congressional District{{!}}District 12]])
 
|total2000=2686207
 
|total2000=2686207
 
|result2000=Won
 
|result2000=Won
|office2000=US House (New Jersey, [[New Jersey's 12th congressional district{{!}}District 12]])
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|office2000=US House (New Jersey, [[New Jersey's 12th Congressional District{{!}}District 12]])
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{{Find the best|title=<htmlet>FindTheBest-RushHolt-CampaignContributions</htmlet>|float=right|width=300px}}
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===2014===
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{{Rush Holt Jr 2014 FEC}}
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===2012===
 
===2012===
[[File:Rush Holt Jr 2012 Donor Breakdown.png|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Holt's campaign funds before the 2012 election.]]
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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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00000860&cycle=2012 ''Open Secrets'', "Rush Holt 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 26, 2013]</ref>
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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00000860&cycle=2012 ''Open Secrets'' "Rush Holt 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 26, 2013]</ref>
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====Cost per vote====
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Holt spent $7.96 per vote received in 2012.
  
 
{{Congress donor box 2012
 
{{Congress donor box 2012
 
|winner = Y
 
|winner = Y
|Chamber = U.S. House of Representatives, New Jersey's 12th Congressional District  
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|Chamber = U.S. House, New Jersey District 12
 
|party = Democratic
 
|party = Democratic
 
|total raised = $2,084,904
 
|total raised = $2,084,904
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|inddonor5 = $73,589
 
|inddonor5 = $73,589
 
|}}
 
|}}
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{{Collapsible donor graphic|Content=[[File:Rush Holt Jr 2012 Donor Breakdown.png|left|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Holt's campaign funds before the 2012 election.]]}}
  
 
===2010===
 
===2010===
[[File:Rush_D._Holt,_Jr._2010_Donor_Breakdown.png‎‎|right|375px|thumb|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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/elections.php?cycle=2010&cid=N00000860&type=I ''Open Secrets'' "Rush Holt 2010 Election Data," Accessed December 2, 2011]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/elections.php?cycle=2010&cid=N00000860&type=I ''Open Secrets'', "Rush Holt 2010 Election Data," accessed December 2, 2011]</ref>
  
 
{{Congress donor box 2010
 
{{Congress donor box 2010
|Chamber = U.S. House, New Jersey
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|Chamber = U.S. House, New Jersey District 11
 
|party = Democratic
 
|party = Democratic
 
|total raised = $2,616,604
 
|total raised = $2,616,604
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|inddonor4 = $100,311
 
|inddonor4 = $100,311
 
|inddonor5 = $75,639
 
|inddonor5 = $75,639
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|}}
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{{Collapsible donor graphic|Content=[[File:Rush_D._Holt,_Jr._2010_Donor_Breakdown.png‎‎|left|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Holt's campaign funds before the 2010 election.]]}}
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==Personal Gain Index==
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[[File:Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png|right|200px|link=Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]
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::''See also: [[Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]''<br>
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The '''[[Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]''' is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the [[United States Congress|U.S. Congress]] have prospered during their tenure as public servants. <br>
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It consists of four different metrics:
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*[[Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index)|Changes in Net Worth]]
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*[[The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)|The Donation Concentration Metric]]
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*[[The K-Street Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)|The K-Street Metric]]
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*[[The Stock Oversight and Trades Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)|The Stock Oversight and Trades Metric]]
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===PGI: Change in net worth===
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:: ''See also: [[Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index)]] and [[Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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[[File:Net Worth Metric graphic.png|left|170px]]
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Based on [[Household net worth (Member of Congress)|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.<ref>[https://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00000860&year=2012 ''Open Secrets'', "Rush D. Holt, Jr. (D-NJ), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014]</ref> Between 2004 and 2012, Holt's calculated net worth<ref>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.</ref> increased by an average of 3 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.<ref>This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.</ref>
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{{Net worth PIG
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|Collapse=N
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|Name = Rush D. Holt, Jr.
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|Political Party = Democratic
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|2010 = 1531005.50
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|2011 =  1956006.00
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|2012 = 2654009
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|Year 0 = 2004
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|Average 0 = 2094188
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}}
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===PGI: Donation Concentration Metric===
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:: ''See also: [[The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)]]''
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Filings required by the [[Federal Election Commission]] report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Holt received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the ''Retired'' industry.
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From 1995-2014, '''29.42 percent of Holt's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.'''<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00000860&cycle=Career ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Rep. Rush Holt," accessed September 25, 2014]</ref>
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[[File:Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png|left|179px]]
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{{Cong career industries
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|party = Democratic
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|total raised = 16356860
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|total spent = 15552369
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|ind1 = Retired
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|ind2 = Education
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|ind3 = Lawyers/Law Firms
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|ind4 = Pharmaceuticals/Health Products
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|ind5 = Securities & Investment
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|inddonor1 = 2057754
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|inddonor2 = 1007039
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|inddonor3 = 713887
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|inddonor4 = 522317
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|inddonor5 = 511549
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|district =
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|committee =
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|rank =
 
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:: ''See also: [[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking]]''
  
Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Holt is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|far-left Democratic leader]]," as of June 20, 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/rush_holt/400184 ''Gov Track'' "Rush Holt," Accessed June 20, 2013]</ref>
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Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Holt is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|far-left Democratic leader]]" as of August 2014.<ref name=govtrack>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/rush_holt/400184 ''GovTrack'', "Rush Holt," accessed August 4, 2014]</ref> This was the same rating Holt received in June 2013.
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===Like-minded colleagues===
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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.<ref>[http://www.opencongress.org/people/show/400184_Rush_Holt ''OpenCongress'', "Rush Holt Jr.," accessed August 4, 2014]</ref>
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{{col-begin}}
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{{col-break}}
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Holt most often votes with:
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*{{bluedot}} [[Mark Pocan]]
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*{{reddot}} [[Chris Gibson]]
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Holt least often votes with:
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*{{bluedot}} [[Jim Matheson]]
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*{{reddot}} [[Richard Hudson]]
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{{col-end}}
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{{Find the best|title=<htmlet>FindTheBest-RushHolt-IdeologyBreakdown</htmlet>|width=450px}}
  
 
===Lifetime voting record===
 
===Lifetime voting record===
 
::''See also: [[Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
::''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.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/rush_holt/400184 ''GovTrack,'' "Holt," Accessed April 10, 2013]</ref>
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According to the website ''GovTrack,'' Holt missed 256 of 10,902 roll call votes from January 1999 to August 2014.  This amounts to 2.3 percent, which is better than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of August 2014.<ref name=govtrack/>
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===Congressional staff salaries===
 
===Congressional staff salaries===
 
::''See also: [[Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
::''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.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/2801/Rep_Rush_Holt.html ''LegiStorm'', "Rush Holt," Accessed October 2, 2012]</ref>
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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]] ranked 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.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/2801/Rep_Rush_Holt.html ''LegiStorm'', "Rush Holt," accessed October 2, 2012]</ref>
 
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===Net worth===
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:: ''See also: [[Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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====2011====
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', 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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00000860&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets.org'' "Rush Holt (D-NJ), 2011," accessed February 14, 2013]</ref>
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====2010====
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', 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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00000860&year=2010 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Rush Holt (D-NJ), 2010," Accessed October 2, 2012]</ref>
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===National Journal vote ratings===
 
===National Journal vote ratings===
 
:: ''See also: [[National Journal vote ratings]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[National Journal vote ratings]]''
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Each year ''National Journal'' publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.
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====2013====
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Holt ranked 31st in the liberal rankings in 2013.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2013-vote-ratings ''National Journal'', "2013 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed August 4, 2014]</ref>
  
 
====2012====
 
====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.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings ''National Journal,'' "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 6, 2013]</ref>
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Holt ranked 42nd in the liberal rankings in 2012.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings ''National Journal'', "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed March 6, 2013]</ref>
  
 
====2011====
 
====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.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal,'' "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012]</ref>
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Holt ranked 43rd in the liberal rankings in 2011.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal'', "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012]</ref>
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===Voting with party===
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The website ''OpenCongress'' tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.
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====2014====
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{{Congress vote percent
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|name=Holt
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|party=Democratic
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|percent= 94.1 percent
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|rank= 70th
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|total=204
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|chamber=House
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|year=August 2014
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|DHouse=Y
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}}
  
===Percentage voting with party===
 
 
====2013====
 
====2013====
 
{{Congress vote percent
 
{{Congress vote percent
|name=Rush D. Holt, Jr.
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|name=Holt
 
|party=Democratic
 
|party=Democratic
|percent=94.9%
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|percent=94.9 percent
 
|rank=97th
 
|rank=97th
 
|total=201
 
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==Personal==
 
==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.<ref>[http://holt.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=14&Itemid=14 ''Representative Rush Holt, Proudly Serving New Jersey's 12th District'' "Biography"]</ref>
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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. In addition to being one of only two physicists in the 113th Congress, Holt is also the only Quaker.<ref>[http://www.aps.org/publications/apsnews/updates/holt.cfm ''American Physical Society'', "One of Only Two Physicists in Congress to Retire," accessed October 16, 2014]</ref> ''The Atlantic'' described him as, "a ''Jeopardy''-champion Quaker physicist who loves Reddit, ''Arrested Development'', and funny bumperstickers."<ref>[http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/02/rep-rush-holt-might-be-the-most-interesting-man-in-washington/283908/ ''The Atlantic'', "Rep. Rush Holt Might Be the Most Interesting Man in Washington," accessed October 16, 2014]</ref>
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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.<ref name=bio/>
  
 
==Recent news==
 
==Recent news==
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==See also==
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*[[United States House of Representatives]]
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*[[New Jersey's 12th Congressional District elections, 2014]]
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*[[New Jersey's 12th Congressional District]]
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==External links==
 
==External links==
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{{political tracker|Link=http://politicaltracker.com/officials/congress/activity/rep-rush-holt/22574|Name=Rush Holt}}
 
*[http://holt.house.gov/ Representative Rush Holt] ''official U.S. House site''
 
*[http://holt.house.gov/ Representative Rush Holt] ''official U.S. House site''
 
*[http://www.rushholt.com/ Congressman Rush Holt] ''official campaign site''
 
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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
Campaign $$8,851,012
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolLandon School
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, WV) 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, WV. He earned a B.A. from Carleton College in 1970 and went on to earn both his M.S. and Ph.D. from New York University.[6]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Holt's academic, professional and political career:[6][5]

  • 1966: Graduated from the Landon School, Bethesda, MD
  • 1970: Earned B.A. from Carleton College, Northfield, MN
  • 1974: Earned M.S. from New York University, New York, NY
  • 1981: Earned Ph.D. from New York University, New York, NY
  • 1982-1983: Congressional Science Fellow with the U.S. House, Office of Rep. Bob Edgar (D-PA)
  • 1980-1988: Professor at Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA
  • 1987-1989: Acting chief of the Nuclear and Scientific Division, Office of Strategic Forces, U.S. Department of State
  • 1989-1998: Assistant Director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Labratory
  • 1999-Present: U.S. Representative for New Jersey's 12th Congressional District

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Holt serves on the following committees:[7]

2011-2012

Holt served on the following committees:[8]

Key votes

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

NDAA

Nay3.png 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.[11]

DHS Appropriations

Nay3.png 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.[11]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Yea3.png 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.[11]

CISPA (2013)

Nay3.png 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 permitted federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[12] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[11]

Economy

Farm Bill

See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Nay3.png Holt voted against the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[13] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[14]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Nay3.pngOn 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.[15] 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.[16] Holt voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[15]

Yea3.png The shutdown 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.[17] 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.[18]

Immigration


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Morton Memos Prohibition

Nay3.png 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.[19] The vote largely followed party lines.[20]

Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare

Nay3.png Holt has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[21]

Social issues

Abortion

Nay3.png 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 was to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[22]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Yea3.png 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.[23]

Specific votes

Rep. Holt voted for TARP.[24] According to a Gallup poll from September 13, 2010, 61 percent of Americans disapproved of TARP, while 37 percent approved.[25]

Holt also supported the auto bailout.[26] As of September 13, 2010, 56 percent of Americans disapproved of the auto bailout, while 43 percent supported it.[27]

In addition, Rep. Holt voted for the stimulus bill.[28] A total of 57 percent of U.S. voters believed that the stimulus had hurt the economy (36 percent) or had no impact (21 percent). Only 38 percent believed the stimulus helped the economy.[29]

Holt also voted in favor of the "Cash for Clunkers" bill.[30] According to a June 2009 Rasmussen Reports poll, 54 percent of likely U.S. voters opposed Cash for Clunkers, while 35 percent supported it.[31]

Holt supported the "Cap and Trade" bill.[32] Just after the bill’s passage, 42 percent of likely U.S. voters said that cap and trade would hurt the economy, while 19 percent believed that it would help. Another 15 percent said that the bill would have no impact.[33]

Finally, Holt voted in favor of the health care reform bill.[34] About 57 percent of likely voters at least somewhat favored repeal of the health care reform bill, including 46 percent who strongly favored repeal. Only 35 percent of likely voters opposed repeal. A total of 51 percent of likely voters believed the health care reform bill would be bad for the country, while 36 percent believed it would be beneficial.[35]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Rush D. Holt, Jr.'s Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials 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, Holt is a Hard-Core Liberal. Holt received a score of 76 percent on social issues and 6 percent on economic issues.[36]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[37]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Strongly Opposes
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Opposes Human needs over animal rights Strongly Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Opposes
Support & expand free trade Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Opposes
Prioritize green energy Strongly Favors Expand the military Opposes
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Favors Stay out of Iran Strongly Favors
Privatize Social Security Opposes Never legalize marijuana Strongly Opposes
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[36]

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.[38]

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.”[38][39]

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.[39]

“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.[39]

Ninety-eight of the signers of the letter were Republicans. Holt was one of eighteen Democratic members to sign the letter.[39]

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."[39][40] 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.[39][40]

Economy

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.[41] The "Protect Interstate Commerce Act" amendment prevents states from applying their own laws on agricultural products to agricultural products from another state.[42]. 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.

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).[43] Mayor of Newark Cory Booker, Rep. Frank Pallone and Speaker of the State Assembly Sheila Oliver also sought the Democratic party nomination.[44][45] 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[46]

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.[47]

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

Fundraising events

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Holt attends.


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


Comprehensive donor history

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.[55]

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


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

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 before announcing that he would not seek re-election in 2014.[56]

Rush D. Holt, Jr. (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[57]April 15, 2013$769,057.96$130,738.08$(102,629.71)$797,166.33
July Quarterly[58]July 15, 2013$797,166.33$241,605.63$(610,112.36)$428,659.60
October Quarterly[59]October 15, 2013$428,659.60$-10,376.61$(111,263.97)$307,019.02
Year-End Quarterly[60]December 31, 2013$307,019$114,964$(91,608)$309,356
Running totals
$476,931.1$(915,614.04)

2012

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.[61]

Cost per vote

Holt spent $7.96 per vote received in 2012.


2010

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.[62]


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 prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:

PGI: Change in 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, 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.[63] Between 2004 and 2012, Holt's calculated net worth[64] increased by an average of 3 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[65]

Rush D. Holt, Jr. Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2004$2,094,188
2012$2,654,009
Growth from 2004 to 2012:27%
Average annual growth:3%[66]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[67]
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.

PGI: Donation Concentration Metric

See also: The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)

Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by OpenSecrets.org, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Holt received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Retired industry.

From 1995-2014, 29.42 percent of Holt's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[68]

Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png
Rush D. Holt, Jr. Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $16,356,860
Total Spent $15,552,369
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Retired$2,057,754
Education$1,007,039
Lawyers/Law Firms$713,887
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products$522,317
Securities & Investment$511,549
% total in top industry12.58%
% total in top two industries18.74%
% total in top five industries29.42%

Analysis

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 August 2014.[69] This was the same rating Holt received in June 2013.

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.[70]

Holt most often votes with:

Holt least often votes with:


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Holt missed 256 of 10,902 roll call votes from January 1999 to August 2014. This amounts to 2.3 percent, which is better than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of August 2014.[69]

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 ranked 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.[71]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.

2013

Holt ranked 31st in the liberal rankings in 2013.[72]

2012

Holt ranked 42nd in the liberal rankings in 2012.[73]

2011

Holt ranked 43rd in the liberal rankings in 2011.[74]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.

2014

Holt voted with the Democratic Party 94.1 percent of the time, which ranked 70th among the 204 House Democratic members as of August 2014.[75]

2013

Holt voted with the Democratic Party 94.9 percent of the time, which ranked 97th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[76]

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. In addition to being one of only two physicists in the 113th Congress, Holt is also the only Quaker.[77] The Atlantic described him as, "a Jeopardy-champion Quaker physicist who loves Reddit, Arrested Development, and funny bumperstickers."[78]

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]

Recent news

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See also

External links

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mike Pappas
U.S. House of Representatives - New Jersey District 12
1999-Present
Succeeded by
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