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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 Pennsylvania
Congressional 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

* 3 Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board * 4 References * 5 External links


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.



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
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 , 59%-41%. 1998

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.

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
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 visited African American
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 Vice President Dick Cheney
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 § District 17

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 See also: 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 the 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 Scranton
, Wilkes-Barre
, Pittston , and Easton , among other various towns in Luzerne County , Lackawanna 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
Tim Holden
on their "Dirty Dozen" list, targeting him for supporting then-President 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
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
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.



* Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry (Ranking Member) * Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry


* Subcommittee on Aviation * Subcommittee on Highways and Transit


* German-American Caucus - Co-founded the Caucus with Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-Pennsylvania) * Congressional Arts Caucus


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 11, 2016.


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17th District Race". Pbs.org. Retrieved 2010-07-12. * ^ 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 . Retrieved 2010-04-02. * ^ "Dirty Dozen: Tim Holden". * ^ Jonathan Weisman (April 25, 2012). "2 House Democrats Defeated After Opposing Health Law". The New York Times. Retrieved April 26, 2012. * ^ Gibson, Keegan (2012-04-09). "Cartwright Poll: Cartwright Leads Holden 42-36". Politics Pa . Retrieved 2012-06-18. * ^ Issues, Tim Holden
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for U.S. Congress * ^ Bill H.R.3261; GovTrack.us; * ^ "Bill Summary c=112. Library of Congress. External link in work= (help ); Missing or empty url= (help ); access-date= requires url= (help ) * ^ Congressman Tim Holden
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Committee Information * ^ "In US-German relations, it\'s all about jobs". Deutsche Welle . 2011-10-04. Retrieved 2012-04-22.