Senator David Holt - District 30
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Education: Juris Doctor, Oklahoma City University
                  B.A. George Washington University
Legislative Experience: Senate Member, 2010 - present
Hometown: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Party: Republican
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State Senator David Holt represents the 30th District of Oklahoma, which includes portions of Northwest Oklahoma City, Bethany, Warr Acres and The Village.

David brings a wide range of 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 Mayor Mick Cornett.

In the Senate, David has fought for a limited and transparent state government, while passing almost 40 pieces of conservative legislation into law. He currently serves as a Majority Whip.

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 a graduate of Putnam City Schools, which he attended from kindergarten through graduation.

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.

David holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from George Washington University and 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.

Senate Career

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.

He currently 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 active legislator, passing almost 40 pieces of conservative legislation into law.

Some of his legislative highlights include:

• Legislation that strengthened the free market by legalizing “Black Friday” and other low price sales
• Legislation that barred welfare recipients from using illegal drugs
• Legislation to dramatically increase government transparency
• Legislation to combat Oklahoma’s domestic violence crisis
• Legislation that required able-bodied adults without dependents to work for food stamps
• Legislation that makes reforms to the sex offender registry to protect Oklahoma families

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 until the Legislature finally passed a cut in 2014. 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 put 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.

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.

Awards

David has received numerous awards for his work in the Oklahoma Senate. They include:

• “Sunshine Award” from Freedom of Information Oklahoma, in recognition of David’s work to promote government transparency

• “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 MS community


National Profile

National organizations and media have taken an interest in David’s work.

In 2014, David was named to the national board of GOPAC, which works to train and elect the next generation of leaders.

David has been quoted on Fox News, Fox Business News, 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 the 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.


Previous Public Service

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.

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.


Community Leader

A tireless volunteer, David has been a member of many community organizations. Most notably, he served as President of Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park and engineered its relocation to downtown Oklahoma City. Currently, he 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. He was named "40 Under 40" by OKC Business News in 2006 and an "Achiever Under 40" by The Journal Record in 2010.

David’s other past and present community associations not previously mentioned include:

• Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum Foundation Board of Trustees
• Putnam City Schools Foundation Board of Directors
• 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
• Allied Arts Board of Directors
• Oklahoma City Arts Council
• Cultural Development Corporation of Central Oklahoma
• ACM@UCO Business Development Center Advisory Board
• Oklahoma City Zoo Trust
• Arts Commission of Oklahoma City
• Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority Board of Trustees
• 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

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Office Information

Capitol Address
Senator David Holt
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Rm. 423
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
(405) 521-5636
holt@oksenate.gov 
Executive Assistant: Dorynda Dusek
 

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District Information: District 30

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Zip codes Represented

  • 73008, 73107, 73112, 73116, 73120, 73122, 73127, 73132, and 73134.

Counties Represented

  • Oklahoma

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