THOMAS TIMOTHY "TIM" HOLDEN (born March 5, 1957) is the former U.S.
Representative for Pennsylvania\'s 17th congressional district , who
served in Congress from 1993 to 2013. He is a member of the Democratic
Party . Holden was the dean of the
Delegation during the
112th United States Congress . On April 24,
2012, Holden was defeated in the Democratic primary, to the surprise
of many Democrats, in his attempt to seek re-election. He is now
chairman of the
Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board .
* 1 Early life, education, and early career
* 2 U.S. House of Representatives
* 2.1 Elections
* 2.2 Tenure
* 2.3 Committee assignments
* 2.4 Caucus memberships
Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board
* 4 References
* 5 External links
EARLY LIFE, EDUCATION, AND EARLY CAREER
Holden graduated from St. Clair Area High School in 1975. In 1980, he
earned a bachelor\'s degree in sociology from
Bloomsburg University of
Pennsylvania . He became a licensed real estate agent, and later an
insurance broker in 1983. He has worked as a probation officer and as
Sergeant-at-Arms for the
Pennsylvania House of Representatives , and
was the sheriff of Schuylkill County . He identified with many
ordinary working people in his district.
U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
In the 1990s, he represented Pennsylvania\'s 6th congressional
district based in Reading and including Berks and Schuylkill counties.
The district was populated mostly by Reagan Democrats who were still
willing to vote Republican in most elections (it voted for George H.
W. Bush in 1992,
Bob Dole in 1996 and
George W. Bush
George W. Bush in 2000 ), but
Holden was re-elected four times without serious opposition. 1992
After redistricting, incumbent Democrat U.S. Congressman Gus Yatron
decided to retire. In the Democratic primary, Holden defeated the
Mayor of Reading,
Pennsylvania , Warren Haggerty, and John Reusing
39%-32%-28%. In the general election, he defeated Republican nominee
John E. Jones III
John E. Jones III , a local government solicitor, 52%-48%. 1994
Holden won re-election to a second term by defeating Republican
nominee Fred Levering 57%-43%. 1996
Holden won re-election to a third term by defeating Republican
nominee Christian Leinbach, a staffer to U.S. Senator
Rick Santorum ,
Holden won re-election to a fourth term by defeating Republican
nominee John Meckley 61%-39%. 2000
Holden won re-election to a fifth term by defeating Republican
nominee Thomas Kopel 66%-34%. 2002 The previously make-up of
the 17th Congressional District from 2003, which has been represented
by Congressman Tim Holden.
Pennsylvania lost two districts after the
2000 United States Census
2000 United States Census .
The Republican-controlled General Assembly dismantled the 6th,
splitting its territory among three other districts. The legislature
considered placing Holden's home in Schuylkill County in the 11th
District, a heavily Democratic area in northeastern Pennsylvania. This
would have forced a primary matchup with
Paul Kanjorski , an
eight-term Democrat who was slightly more liberal than Holden.
Eventually, it moved Holden's home to the Republican-leaning
Harrisburg -based 17th District, represented by 10-term Republican
George Gekas .
On paper, the redrawn 17th appeared to so heavily favor Gekas that it
appeared unwinnable for a Democrat, even one as conservative as
Holden. To some, it was blatant gerrymandering to force Holden into
retirement. Gekas retained 60% of his former territory, and George W.
Bush had carried the newly drawn district with 57% of the vote in
2000. However, to the surprise of many observers, Holden did not
retire, instead opting to run in a district that was 65% new to him (a
small corner from the even more Republican 9th District was moved to
the 17th). Gekas was forced into his first real campaign ever. Holden
managed to gain endorsements from much of Gekas' old base, much to
Gekas' surprise. Even Gekas' hometown paper,
The Patriot-News ,
endorsed Holden, saying that the 17th was not the same district that
elected Gekas in 1982. Gekas got another rude surprise when Holden
African American neighborhoods such as Uptown and Allison Hill
after finding out that Gekas had never set foot in these neighborhoods
in his congressional career. He asked the residents of these
neighborhoods not to vote for a congressman who didn't bother to visit
them. In November 2002, in one of the biggest upsets in recent
political history, Holden narrowly defeated Gekas. 2004
Holden ran for re-election against Republican lawyer Scott Paterno,
son of legendary Penn State football coach
Joe Paterno . Paterno was
actively supported by influential Republicans, and President Bush and
Dick Cheney came to the district several times to
support him. Nevertheless, Holden won re-election by a comfortable
margin even as Bush easily carried the district. 2006 See also:
United States House of Representatives
United States House of Representatives elections in Pennsylvania, 2006
§ 17th Congressional district
Holden faced Republican Matthew Wertz, an Afghanistan War veteran, in
the 2006. However, Wertz dropped out of the race before the general
election citing personal reasons and Holden went on to easily win
re-election with 65% of the total vote. 2008 See also: United
States House of Representatives elections in Pennsylvania, 2008 §
In 2008, he faced Republican Toni Gilhooley, a retired Pennsylvania
State Trooper and 25-year veteran of the force, whom he defeated with
64% of the vote (one percent less than the previous election). 2010
United States House of Representatives
United States House of Representatives elections in
Pennsylvania, 2010 § District 17
Holden was challenged by Republican nominee, State Senator Dave
Argall . Unlike other Democrats in Eastern
Pennsylvania like Chris
Carney and Patrick Murphy , Holden won re-election, and did so with a
12-point margin, defeating Argall 56% to 44%.
Before Holden won the general election, he faced a primary challenge
within his own party from political activist Sheila Dow Ford, who ran
to the left of Holden, eviscerating the Congressman for voting against
Affordable Care Act
Affordable Care Act in March 2010. Holden defeated Ford by a
margin of 65% to 35% in the primary to regain the Democratic
nomination. 2012 See also: United States House of Representatives
elections in Pennsylvania, 2012 § District 17
Holden's district was drastically reconfigured as a result of
legislative redistricting done in the
Pennsylvania legislature in late
2011 following the results of the 2010 Census . While keeping most of
Holden's hometown region, including St. Clair, the district lost
Harrisburg and Lebanon , along with its shares of portions of Berks ,
Dauphin , Lebanon and Perry counties. In their place, the legislature
pushed the district well to the north and east, adding
Wilkes-Barre , Pittston , and Easton , among other various towns in
Luzerne County ,
Lackawanna County , Carbon County , Monroe County and
Northampton County —territory that he did not know and that did not
know him. As a result of these changes, the 17th is now considerably
more Democratic than its predecessor, nearing 60 percent Democratic
registration and leaving Holden vulnerable to a challenge to his left
in the Democratic primary. Also, the League of Conservation Voters put
Tim Holden on their "Dirty Dozen" list, targeting him for supporting
George W. Bush
George W. Bush 's energy policy, favoring oil
production, and opposing President Obama 's polices including
development of clean energy.
In the April 14 primary, Holden was defeated by Moosic attorney Matt
Cartwright , a considerably more liberal Democrat. Holden's opposition
to the Patient Protection and
Affordable Care Act
Affordable Care Act and climate change
legislation are believed to have contributed to his defeat. He also
could not overcome the demographics of the redrawn district, which was
almost 80 percent new to him.
Holden was a member of the
Blue Dog Coalition . As such, Holden is a
more conservative Democrat than most of his colleagues in his party's
caucus in the House of Representatives. Although he has often bucked
his party's voting trend, Holden has supported Democratic priorities
on a number of issues. While Holden voted with a minority of House
Democrats in favor of the authorization for the use of U.S. force in
Iraq in October 2002 for President
George W. Bush
George W. Bush , he strongly
opposed Bush's "surge" policy in January 2007. While Holden voted
against the Patient Protection and
Affordable Care Act
Affordable Care Act , the signature
legislative domestic policy achievement of President
Barack Obama , in
March 2010, he did vote for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
, signed into law by Obama, in February 2009. While Holden voted for
legislation supported by President Bush that toughened bankruptcy laws
and enacted the
Halliburton loophole , he voted for the Dodd–Frank
Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act , signed into law by
President Obama, in July 2010. According to opencongreess.com, Holden
has voted with the Democratic leadership in Congress 73 percent of the
time in recent years. He is ranked as one of the top fifteen most
conservative Democrats in the House by the
National Journal .
In 2011, Rep. Holden became a co-sponsor of Bill H.R.3261 otherwise
known as the
Stop Online Piracy Act
Stop Online Piracy Act . Holden withdrew his
co-sponsorship of SOPA on January 18, 2012.
Holden represented the 6th District from 1993 until 2003, and
following redistricting he represented the 17th District.
* COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE
* Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry (Ranking
* Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry
* COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE
* Subcommittee on Aviation
* Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
* German-American Caucus - Co-founded the Caucus with Rep. Jim
* Congressional Arts Caucus
PENNSYLVANIA LIQUOR CONTROL BOARD
Holden was nominated to the
Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board by Gov.
Tom Corbett on June 14, 2013. He was unanimously confirmed by the
state Senate on Nov. 13, 2013. He was named chairman of the PLCB by
Gov. Tom Wolf on Feb. 17, 2015. He was unanimously confirmed for a
second term by the state Senate on June 29, 2016, and sworn in on July
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2002-08-30. Retrieved 2010-07-12.
* ^ "Online NewsHour: The
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* ^ Toland, Bill (2004-04-28). "U.S. House races: Paterno\'s son
beats crowded field in 17th". Post-gazette.com. Retrieved 2010-07-12.
* ^ Lieberman, Brett (2007-07-04). "State police retiree plans bid
for Holden\'s seat".
Harrisburg Patriot-News . Retrieved 2007-08-02.
* ^ Pangonis, Dustin (2010-04-01). "\'No\' vote on health care
costs Holden primary endorsement from AFL-CIO".
Republican & Herald .
* ^ "Dirty Dozen: Tim Holden".
* ^ Jonathan Weisman (April 25, 2012). "2 House Democrats Defeated
After Opposing Health Law". The New York Times. Retrieved April 26,
* ^ Gibson, Keegan (2012-04-09). "Cartwright Poll: Cartwright Leads
Holden 42-36". Politics Pa . Retrieved 2012-06-18.
* ^ Issues,
Tim Holden for U.S. Congress
* ^ Bill H.R.3261; GovTrack.us;
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* ^ Congressman
Tim Holden Committee Information
* ^ "In US-German relations, it\'s all about jobs". Deutsche Welle
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