Senator David Holt of Oklahoma City represents the 30th Senate District.
He was elected in 2010.
In the Senate, David has been a diligent legislator focused on the
most important issues facing Oklahoma families. He has authored
72 pieces of legislation that have become law, and has been especially
noted for his persistent work to improve government transparency,
his efforts to increase voter participation, and his legislation
supporting women, children, economic growth, and public education.
His dynamic record in the Senate caused Chuck Todd of NBC News to
name David a “Rising Star” in Oklahoma politics. His
dedication to Oklahoma City caused him to be named “OKCityan
of the Year” in 2017.
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.
David brings unique experience to his position in the Oklahoma Senate.
At the time of his 2010 election, David had already served in the
White House, in the U.S. Capitol, the State Capitol and in City
Hall, where he stood at the center of the Oklahoma City renaissance
during five years as chief of staff to its mayor.
David is managing director of investor relations at Hall Capital,
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.
David holds 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
David and his wife Rachel, an Assistant Attorney General, 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.
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. His 2014 re-election
to a second term was unopposed.
On his first day in office, David was elected to Senate leadership,
serving first as Vice Chair of the Majority Caucus and then as a
He currently serves as Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee
on Public Safety & Judiciary. He also serves on the General
Government, Judiciary, Appropriations, and Energy committees. He
also serves on the Oklahoma Compensation and Unclassified Positions
Review Board, the Interstate Commission for Adult Offender Supervision,
and the Occupational Licensing Task Force. In the past, he has served
as Chair and Vice Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Select
Agencies, 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.
The author of 72 pieces of legislation that have become law, some
of David’s specific legislative highlights include:
• Legislation 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 created a new state savings account that
will combat future state budget shortfalls
• Legislation that required employment by able-bodied adults
without dependents who receive food stamps
• Legislation to reform the criminal justice system
• Legislation to allow Oklahomans to choose a REAL ID license
if they prefer
• Legislation to extend the statute of limitations for sex
crimes perpetrated against children
• Legislation to allow alcohol to be served in movie theaters
• 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 created a secure, online system through
which Oklahomans could register to vote
• Legislation that ensured the use of police body cameras
and accessibility of videos to the public
• Legislation that criminalized the destructive act known
as “revenge porn”
• Legislation that reformed the civil asset forfeiture process
to benefit those who have had their assets unjustly seized
David has also been a champion for economic growth in Oklahoma,
having notched one of the most pro-business voting records in the
Legislature. David has also been a champion of more transparency
in the legislative process, better public schools, higher teacher
pay, and higher voter participation.
David has also used the bully pulpit of his position to bring attention
to important events, people, and places, especially in Oklahoma
City. 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, the 50th anniversary of Oklahoma’s first African
American Senator, the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City Bombing,
and the annual winner of the Jim Thorpe Award. In 2016, David also
played a critical role in securing the filming of the hit NBC television
show “American Ninja Warrior” for Oklahoma City.
David has received numerous awards. They include:
• “OKCityan of the Year” from OKC Friday, in recognition
of David’s longtime service to his hometown
• “George Nigh Public Service in the Arts Award”
as part of the Governor’s Arts Awards issued by the Oklahoma
Arts Council, in recognition of David’s service to the arts
• “Sunshine Award” from Freedom of Information
Oklahoma, in recognition of David’s work to promote government
• “Child Abuse Prevention Leadership Award” from
Parent Promise, in recognition of David’s work to stop the
abuse of Oklahoma’s children
• “Guardian Award” from the Oklahoma Commission
on the Status of Women, in recognition of David’s work on
behalf of women and children
• “Distinguished Service Award” from the State
Regents for Higher Education, in recognition of David’s support
of higher education
• “Outstanding Young Alumnus Award” from the Oklahoma
City University School of Law, in recognition of David’s professional
• “Legislative Champion Award” from the National
MS Society, in recognition of David’s work to support the
• “Bulldog Award” from the Oklahoma District Attorneys
Council, in recognition of David’s work to ensure that police
body cameras videos are utilized and accessible to the public
• “40 Under 40” by OKC Business News
• “Achiever Under 40” by The Journal Record
National & International Profile
National and international organizations and media have taken an
interest in David’s work.
In 2014, Chuck Todd of NBC News named David one of two Republican
“Rising Stars” in Oklahoma. In 2017, he was selected
to participate in the Aspen Institute’s Rodel Fellowships
in Public Leadership program.
He currently serves as a member of the national Uniform Law Commission.
For three years, David served on the national board of GOPAC, which
works to train and elect the next generation of leaders.
In 2015, David was a featured speaker at the Southern Republican
Leadership Conference, sharing the stage with many of the leading
presidential contenders. He is also a graduate of the State Legislative
Leaders Foundation “Emerging Leaders” program.
David has been quoted or featured on Fox News, Fox Business News,
MSNBC, NPR Morning Edition, SiriusXM Patriot, and in The New York
Times, The Washington Post, Roll Call, NewsMax, The Blaze, National
Journal, BuzzFeed, National Review, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
Bloomberg, and New York Magazine, among others.
David is especially active on social media and has been noted in
Oklahoma media as the most-followed member of the Oklahoma Legislature.
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 was also
a credited writer on the film “Oklahoma City: The Boom, the
Bust and the Bomb”.
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. In the 2016 election, David served as Oklahoman chairman
of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign.
David has been an ambassador for Oklahoma around the world. In 2012,
he served as a member of a delegation to China and Taiwan sponsored
by the U.S. State Department and the American Council of Young Political
Leaders. In 2015, he hosted an ACYPL delegation from China in Oklahoma
City. In 2016, he was invited to speak on a panel in Doha, Qatar.
He was also selected to participate in the 2016 young leaders conference
of the Council for the United States and Italy, held in Naples,
Public Service Experience
David’s public service experience is deep and has served his
constituents well. 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 the U.S. House Speaker during a time
period that included the 9/11 attacks. David then spent two years
in the White House of President George W. Bush, serving as a liaison
to Congress. In 2004, driven by a desire to bring his unique experiences
home, he returned to Oklahoma City to coordinate the state’s
efforts to re-elect President Bush.
David then 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 in 2010.
David’s 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 four Oklahoma
City-area high schools.
A tireless volunteer, David has been a leader in many community
David has most notably been a champion for the arts, serving on
the executive committee of Allied Arts, and on the boards of 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.
David has also notably been a champion for public education, serving
on the boards of the Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools
and the Putnam City Schools Foundation.
He has also served important institutions supporting the growth
of the Oklahoma City metro, including the boards of the Oklahoma
City National Memorial and Museum Foundation, the MAPS 3 Park Foundation,
the Northwest Oklahoma City Chamber, the Bethany Improvement Foundation,
and on the Regional Transit Dialogue Steering Committee.
Along with these other community activities, David served 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 is a
member of the 2017 class of the Tinker Air Force Base “Honorary
David’s other past and present community associations not
previously mentioned include:
• Rotary 29
• Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum Board of Directors
• YWCA Leadership Alliance
• Oklahoma Republican Party State Committee
• Oklahoma County Republican Party Executive Committee
• 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 Advisory Board
• Leadership Oklahoma City Alumni Association
|Senator David Holt
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Rm. 424
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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