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
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.
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
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
• 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 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
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:
• “Sunshine Award” from Freedom of Information
Oklahoma, in recognition of David’s work to promote government
• “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
National 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.
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 the presidential election
process, having authored laws to move Oklahoma’s presidential
primary date and to preserve the integrity of the Electoral College
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.
A tireless 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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