and Majority Whip David Holt represents the 30th District of Oklahoma,
which includes portions of Northwest Oklahoma City, Bethany, Warr
Acres and The Village.
In the Senate,
David has fought on behalf of taxpayers to secure a smaller, more
effective and more transparent government, while passing almost
40 pieces of conservative legislation into law. His dynamic record
of service caused Chuck Todd of NBC News to recently name David
a “Rising Star”.
Born and raised
in Oklahoma City, David’s roots are deep. The son of a teacher
and a social worker, he is a fourth-generation Oklahoman and an
alumnus of Putnam City Schools, which he attended from kindergarten
until his graduation as a National Merit Scholar.
a wide range of prior experiences to his position in the Oklahoma
Senate. At the time of his 2010 election, David had already served
a U.S. President, a U.S. House Speaker, a Lt. Governor, and members
of Congress. He also stood at the center of the Oklahoma City renaissance
during five years as chief of staff to its mayor.
David is a
licensed attorney and has served as an adjunct professor at Oklahoma
City University. He is also the author of the 2012 book Big
League City: Oklahoma City’s Rise to the NBA.
a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from George Washington University,
where he was an award-winning sportswriter. He also holds a Juris
Doctor from the Oklahoma City University School of Law.
David and his
wife Rachel, an Oklahoma County prosecutor, married in 2003. They
have two children, George and Margaret. The Holts are members of
St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church. David is a member
of the Osage Nation. The Holts also maintain a home at the Holt
Ranch west of McAlester, OK.
David was elected
to the Senate on July 27, 2010 with 64 percent of the vote in the
Republican primary and was unopposed in the general election. He
took office on November 16, 2010. In 2014, his re-election was unopposed.
Since his first
day in office, David has been a member of the Senate’s elected
leadership, first as Vice Chair of the Majority Caucus and now as
a Majority Whip.
serves as Vice-Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Select
Agencies. He also serves on the Education, Judiciary, Appropriations,
and Public Safety committees. He also serves on the Oklahoma Compensation
and Unclassified Positions Review Board. In the past, he has served
as Vice Chair of the Business and Commerce Committee and Vice Chair
of the Redistricting Committee, responsible for Central Oklahoma.
He also served on the Joint Legislative Water Committee.
David has been
an effective legislator, passing almost 40 pieces of conservative
legislation into law.
Some of his
legislative highlights include:
that benefitted consumers by legalizing “Black Friday”
and other low price sales
• Legislation to dramatically increase government transparency
• Legislation to combat Oklahoma’s domestic violence
• Legislation that required able-bodied adults without dependents
to work for food stamps
• Legislation to strengthen the sex offender registry and
protect Oklahoma families
• Legislation that created a statewide program for criminals
to clean up and rehabilitate neighborhoods
• Legislation that barred welfare recipients from using illegal
David has also
been a champion for economic growth in Oklahoma, having notched
one of the most pro-business voting records in the Legislature and
having co-authored the landmark workers compensation reform of 2013.
David has also
worked to advance the conversation about tax cuts, having introduced
an income tax cut bill every session. David has also been a leader
in fighting for taxpayers to have more control over their tax dollars,
including efforts to bring more transparency to the Legislature
and to reform laws that place government unions over taxpayers.
David has also fought for better public schools, having authored
legislation to give parents the ability to turn around a failing
David has also
used the bully pulpit of his position to bring attention to important
events and people. He led a successful effort to place a portrait
of Ralph Ellison in the Capitol, and he also spearheaded the state’s
first official recognition of Hanukkah. He also organized a project
to place signage marking Route 66 throughout Oklahoma City. David
has also carried resolutions in the Senate to recognize events like
Oklahoma City’s 125th birthday, the centennial of Jim Thorpe’s
1912 Olympics, and the annual winner of the Jim Thorpe Award.
David has received
numerous awards for his work in the Oklahoma Senate. They include:
Award” from Freedom of Information Oklahoma, in recognition
of David’s work to promote government transparency
• “Child Abuse Prevention Leadership Award” from
Parent Promise, in recognition of David’s work to stop the
abuse of Oklahoma’s children
Award” from the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women,
in recognition of David’s work on behalf of women and children
Champion Award” from the National MS Society, in recognition
of David’s work to support the MS community
organizations and media have taken an interest in David’s
In 2014, Chuck Todd of NBC News named David one of two Republican
“Rising Stars” in Oklahoma.
David serves on the national board of GOPAC, which works to train
and elect the next generation of leaders.
David has been quoted or featured on Fox News, Fox Business News,
MSNBC, NPR Morning Edition, and in The New York Times, The Washington
Post, Roll Call, NewsMax, The Blaze, National Review, and The
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, among others.
David has also
spoken to media around the country about his experience inside the
Oklahoma City renaissance, documented in his book Big League
City: Oklahoma City’s Rise to the NBA.
David has also
been deeply involved in our nation’s presidential election
process, having authored laws to move Oklahoma’s presidential
primary date and to preserve the integrity of the Electoral College
process. In 2012, the voters of Oklahoma elected David to the nation’s
Electoral College. David had previously served as a member of two
Oklahoma delegations to the Republican National Convention.
David was also
a member of a 2012 delegation to China and Taiwan sponsored by the
U.S. State Department and the American Council of Young Political
Leaders. He is also a graduate of the State Legislative Leaders
Foundation “Emerging Leaders” program.
After his graduation from college, during which time he interned
for Oklahoma Congressmen J.C. Watts and Ernest Istook, David’s
path of public service led him first to the U.S. Capitol. There,
he served House Speaker Dennis Hastert during a time period that
included the 9/11 attacks. David then spent two years in the White
House of President George W. Bush before returning home as Oklahoma’s
coordinator to re-elect the President in 2004.
served U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe and Lt. Governor Mary Fallin before
becoming Chief of Staff to Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett in 2006,
where he served until his election to the Oklahoma State Senate
time at City Hall was marked by major milestones in the Oklahoma
City renaissance, including the arrival of the NBA. He documented
that history in his book Big League City: Oklahoma City’s
Rise to the NBA, published in 2012 by Full Circle Press. That
book has become part of the curriculum of at least two Oklahoma
City-area high schools.
volunteer, David has been a member of many community organizations.
David has most
notably been a champion for the arts, serving on the boards of Allied
Arts, the Oklahoma City Arts Council, the Oklahoma City Arts Commission,
and the Cultural Development Corporation of Central Oklahoma. He
also served as President of Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park and
engineered its relocation to downtown Oklahoma City.
community activities, David currently serves as President of the
Ralph Ellison Foundation. In 2013, he co-chaired the 25th anniversary
celebration of the Myriad Botanical Gardens. David is also a graduate
of Leadership Oklahoma City Class XXVI and has previously been named
"40 Under 40" by OKC Business News and an "Achiever
Under 40" by The Journal Record.
David’s other past and present community associations not
previously mentioned include:
• Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum Foundation Board
• Putnam City Schools Foundation Board of Directors
• YWCA Leadership Alliance
• Oklahoma Republican Party State Committee
• Oklahoma County Republican Party Executive Committee
• Northwest Oklahoma City Chamber Board of Directors
• Oklahoma State Chamber Congressional Activities Committee
• Oklahoma Municipal League Legislative Committee
• Oklahoma City Downtown Club Board of Directors
• Quail Creek Homeowner’s Association Board of Directors
• ACM@UCO Business Development Center Advisory Board
• Oklahoma City Zoo Trust
• Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority Board
• Lake Atoka Reservation Association Managing Board
• McGee Creek Authority
• Oklahoma Olympic Engagement Committee
• Big 12 Basketball and Baseball Championships Host Committees
• Oklahoma Academy for State Goals
• Leadership Oklahoma City Alumni Association
|Senator David Holt
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Rm. 423
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Executive Assistant: Dorynda Dusek
District Information: District 30
Zip codes Represented
- 73008, 73107, 73112, 73116,
73120, 73122, 73127, 73132, and 73134.
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