Rush D. Holt, Jr.

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Rush D. Holt, Jr.
Rush Holt.jpg
U.S. House, New Jersey, District 12
In office
January 3, 1999-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 16
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 3, 1998
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sCarleton College
Master'sNew York University
Ph.D.New York University
Date of birthOctober 15, 1948
Place of birthWeston, West Virginia
ProfessionPhysicist, Professor
Office website
Campaign website
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.[1]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Holt is a "far-left Democratic leader".[2]


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.[3]


Holt has held positions as a teacher, Congressional Science Fellow, and 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. From 1989 until he launched his 1998 congressional campaign, Holt was Assistant Director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, the largest research facility of Princeton University and the largest center for research in alternative energy in New Jersey. He has conducted extensive research on alternative energy and has his own patent for a solar energy device.[4]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Holt serves on the following committees:[5]


Holt served on the following committees:[6]


Political positions

Specific Votes

Rep. Holt voted for TARP.[7] According to a Gallup poll from September 13, 2010, 61% of Americans disapprove of TARP, while 37% approve.[8]

Holt also supported the auto bailout.[9] As of September 13, 2010: 56% of Americans disapproved of the auto bailout, while 43% supported it.[10]

In addition, Rep. Holt voted for the stimulus bill.[11] 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. [12]

Holt also voted in favor of the "Cash for Clunkers" bill.[13] According to a June 2009 Rasmussen Reports poll, 54% of likely U.S. voters opposed Cash for Clunkers, while 35% supported it.[14]

Holt supported the "Cap and Trade" bill.[15] 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.[16]

Finally, Holt voted in favor of the health care reform bill.[17] 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.[18]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Holt voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[19]



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.[20]

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"


On November 2, 2010, Holt was re-elected to the United States House for a seventh term. He defeated Scott Sipprelle (R) and Kenneth J. Cody (Truth Vision Hope).[21]

United States House, New Jersey General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRush D. Holt, Jr. Incumbent 53% 108,214
     Republican Scott Sipprelle 45.9% 93,634
     Truth Vision Hope Kenneth J. Cody 1.1% 2,154
Total Votes 204,002

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Holt's reports.[22]

Rush D. Holt, Jr. Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[23]April 15$690,540.25$278,853.39$(154,503.10)$814,890.54
Pre-primary[24]May 24$814,890.54$70,163.45$(70,127.86)$814,926.13
July Quarterly[25]July 15$814,926.13$240,886.77$(127,698.57)$928,114.33
Running totals


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.[26]


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.[27]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - 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.[28]

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. 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.[29]

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Rush D. Holt, Jr. voted with the Democratic Party 94.4% of the time, which ranked 32nd among the 192 House Democratic members as of December 2011.[30]


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.[31]

External links


  1. Politico "2012 House Race Results"
  2. Gov Track "Holt" Accessed May 25, 2012
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "HOLT, Rush, (1948 - )"
  4. Representative Rush Holt, Proudly Serving New Jersey's 12th District "Biography"
  5., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  6. Representative Rush Holt, Proudly Serving New Jersey's 12th District "Committee Assignments"
  8. Gallup "Among Recent Bills, Financial Reform a Lone Plus for Congress," September 13, 2010
  9. US House Clerk "Roll Call 690" December 10, 2008
  10. Gallup "Among Recent Bills, Financial Reform a Lone Plus for Congress," September 13, 2010
  11. US House Clerk "Roll Call 46," January 28, 2009
  12. Rasmussen "38% Say Stimulus Plan Helped Economy, 36% Say It Hurt," August 24, 2010
  13. US House Clerk "Roll Call 314," June 9, 2009
  14. Rasmussen "54% Oppose “Cash for Clunkers” Plan To Spur Purchase of Greener Cars," June 23, 2009
  15. US House Clerk "Roll Call 477," June 26, 2009
  16. Rasmussen "42% Say Climate Change Bill Will Hurt The Economy," June 30, 2009
  17. US House Clerk "Roll Call 165," March 21, 2010
  18. Rasmussen "61% Favor Repeal of Health Care Law," September 20, 2010
  19. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  20. "U.S. Senate Primary Candidates," Accessed April 2, 2012
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  22. Federal Election Commission "Rush D. Holt Details," Accessed October 11, 2012
  23. Federal Election Commission "Rush Holt April Quarterly" Accessed October 11, 2012
  24. Federal Election Commission "Rush Holt Pre-primary" Accessed October 11, 2012
  25. Federal Election Commission "Rush Holt July Quarterly" Accessed October 11, 2012
  26. Open Secrets "Rush Holt 2010 Election Data," Accessed December 2, 2011
  27. LegiStorm, "Rush Holt," Accessed October 2, 2012
  28., "Rush Holt (D-NJ), 2010," Accessed October 2, 2012
  29. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  30. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  31. Representative Rush Holt, Proudly Serving New Jersey's 12th District "Biography"
Political offices
Preceded by
Mike Pappas
U.S. House of Representatives - New Jersey District 12
Succeeded by