George Holding

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George Holding
U.S. Representative from North Carolina's 2nd District
From: January 3, 2017 – present
Predecessor Renee Ellmers
Successor Incumbent (no successor)
Former U.S. Representative from North Carolina's 13th District
From: January 3, 2013 – January 3, 2017
Predecessor Brad Miller
Successor Ted Budd
Party Republican
Spouse(s) Lucy Herriott
Religion Baptist

George Edward Bell Holding (born April 17, 1968, age 52) is a prosecutor and conservative Republican who is the current U.S. representative from North Carolina's 2nd district, having initially served in the 13th district but was redistricted in 2016. Holding was, at one point, the chief of staff to U.S. Senator Jesse Helms.

U.S. House of Representatives

2012 election

Holding won election to the United States House of Representatives in 2012 with 57.1% of the vote.[1]

2014 election

Holding won re-election in the 2014 midterm elections by a margin of over 10% of the vote in defeating Democrat opponent Brenda Cleary.[2]

Obama era

Holding co-sponsored a bill to repeal Obamacare in January 2013.[3]

Holding voted in favor of the No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013.[4]

A fiscal conservative, Holding voted against raising the debt limit in February 2014.[5]

Rep. Holding voted in April 2015 in favor of repealing the death tax.[6]

Holding voted in favor of the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015.[7]

Rep. Holding voted against the fiscally irresponsible Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015.[8]

2016 election

Republican primary

After being redistricted from North Carolina's 13th district to the state's 2nd district in a legal fight,[9] Holding faced the Republican Abortion Betrayal[10] then-incumbent officeholder Renee Ellmers of the 2nd district, and won the three-way primary race in defeating Ellmers by 30% of the vote.[11]

General election

Holding won the general election by over 50% of the vote.[12] He also endorsed Donald Trump in the concurrent presidential election,[13] who won Holding's district by 53.2% of the vote.[14]

2018 election

Holding won re-election to a fourth term in 2018 by 51.3% of the vote.[15]

Trump era

Rep. Holding co-sponsored legislation in February 2017 to repeal the Obamacare-installed IPAB.[16]

Holding voted in June 2017 in favor of the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act.[17]

Holding voted in favor of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.[18]

Rep. Holding voted in favor of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act in January 2018.[19]

Holding voted against the radical Equality Act.[20]

Holding voted against the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019.[21]

Rep. Holding voted against the impeachment coup that was brought about against Donald Trump.[22]

Holding voted against the No War Against Iran Act,[23] a Democrat resolution aimed at limiting President Trump's executive powers.

2020 election

After a court in North Carolina deemed a Republican redistricting proposal to be partisan gerrymandering,[24] a new map was redrawn and approved in December 2019,[25] with the latter moving the state's 2nd and 6th congressional districts from Republican strongholds[26] to Democrat-controlled areas.[27] Holding, who represents North Carolina's second district and faces nearly no chance being re-elected in 2020,[28] announced shortly after the release of the new district map that he will not be seeking election to a fifth House term in 2020.[29]

Political positions

Holding is mostly[30] a conservative who is pro-life, pro-2nd amendment, and an opponent of Obamacare.[31]


  1. North Carolina - Election 2012
  2. House Election Results 2014
  3. HR 45 - Repeals the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 - National Key Vote
  4. HR 325 - No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013 - National Key Vote
  5. S 540 - Temporary Debt Limit Extension Act - National Key Vote
  6. HR 1105 - Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015 - National Key Vote
  7. HR 3134 - Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015 - National Key Vote
  8. HR 1314 - Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 - National Key Vote
  9. Supreme Court won't stop North Carolina redistricting redo
  10. Conservative GOP Vs. ‘Liberal’ GOP Incumbents Battle in N.C. Primary
  11. North Carolina's 2nd Congressional District - Ballotpedia
  12. North Carolina U.S. House 2nd District Results: George Holding Wins
  13. Trump scorecard: Who in GOP votes yes, who votes no, who’s undecided
  14. Daily Kos Elections 2008, 2012 & 2016 presidential election results for congressional districts used in 2018 elections
  15. North Carolina Election Results: Second House District
  16. HR 849 - Protecting Seniors Access to Medicare Act - National Key Vote
  17. HR 3003 - No Sanctuary for Criminals Act - National Key Vote
  18. HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act - National Key Vote
  19. HR 4712 - Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act - National Key Vote
  20. HR 5 - Equality Act - National Key Vote
  21. HR 3877 - Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019 - National Key Vote
  22. H Res 755 - Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors - National Key Vote
  23. HR 550 - No War Against Iran Act - National Key Vote
  24. In partisan gerrymandering case, North Carolina judges order new maps for 2020 election
  25. Judges uphold North Carolina Republicans' redrawn 2020 election map
  26. The Atlas of Redistricting - North Carolina
  27. HB1029 3rd Edition
  28. Multiple references:
  29. Two references:
  30. Rep. George Holding - GovTrack
  31. George Holding on the Issues

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