State Senator 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 50 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.
David brings 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 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 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.
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
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 Select Agencies, charged with shining a light on the expenditures
of over 80 state agencies. He also serves on the General Government,
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 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
David has been an effective legislator, passing almost 50 pieces
of conservative legislation into law.
Some of his 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 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
• 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
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.
Having introduced an income tax cut bill every session, David has
also worked to advance the conversation about how tax cuts can grow
Oklahoma’s economy. 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 school and to
expand public school options for families in the inner cities of
Oklahoma City and Tulsa. David has also been a leader in efforts
to increase voter participation, in light of severely declining
turnout in Oklahoma.
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, 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
has received numerous awards for his work in the Oklahoma Senate.
• “Sunshine Award” from Freedom of Information
Oklahoma, in recognition of David’s work to promote government
Abuse Prevention Leadership Award” from Parent Promise, in
recognition of David’s work to stop the abuse of Oklahoma’s
• “Guardian Award” from the Oklahoma Commission
on the Status of Women, in recognition of David’s work on
behalf of women and children
• “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
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.
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
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 Journal, BuzzFeed, 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. In 2015, David was named Oklahoman chairman of U.S.
Senator Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign.
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. In 2015, he hosted an ACYPL delegation
from China in Oklahoma City. He is also a graduate of the State
Legislative Leaders Foundation “Emerging Leaders” program.
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 before returning home as Oklahoma’s coordinator
to re-elect the President in 2004.
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 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.
Among other 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:
City National Memorial and Museum Foundation Board of Trustees
• 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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