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 is a fourth-generation Oklahoman whose conservative values, experience, and deep roots make him uniquely qualified to serve. In the Senate, David has been a vocal advocate for taxpayers, fighting to assert taxpayer control over government expenditures, lower taxes, and increase transparency.

David serves in Senate Leadership as a Majority Whip. He also serves as Vice-Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Select Agencies. He also serves on the Education, Judiciary, Appropriations, and Public Safety committees.

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. He is an attorney in Oklahoma City and has served as an adjunct professor at Oklahoma City University. David is also the author of the 2012 book Big League City: Oklahoma City’s Rise to the NBA.

David and his wife Rachel, a former 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.

Senate Career

David has been the primary Senate author of 30 conservative pieces of legislation that have been signed into law.

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 his first two sessions, David served in Senate Leadership as the Vice Chair of the Majority Caucus, and as Vice Chair of the Business and Commerce Committee, and Vice Chair of the Redistricting Committee, responsible for Central Oklahoma.

In his first session in 2011, David led efforts to restore taxpayer control over local government expenditures and to lower the Oklahoma income tax. David also established a reputation as an effective legislator, successfully shepherding multiple pieces of legislation into law.

David’s 2011 bills that became law included legislation to facilitate prosecution of sex offenders, to make grand prix racing possible in Oklahoma, to change the date of the 2012 presidential primary, to reform the disposition of surplus county property, and to name the Interstate 44 bridge over the Red River after President George W. Bush. David also co-authored bills to lower property taxes, reform public education, and to improve Oklahoma’s business climate.

In his second session in 2012, David again fought to lower the Oklahoma income tax. He also fought for increased transparency at the Oklahoma Legislature, and continued to fight for greater taxpayer control over local government expenditures.

David’s 2012 bills that became law included legislation to bar welfare recipients from using illegal drugs, to create a statewide community service program, to save tax dollars on state purchases, to give taxpayers a greater voice in decisions relating to government unions, to honor veterans, and to improve Oklahoma’s business climate.

David’s 2013 bills that became law included legislation to lower retail prices and enhance the free market by legalizing “Black Friday” and other low-price sales, to protect the integrity of the presidential election process, to increase work requirements for welfare, and to require sex offenders to fulfill their sentence. Senator Holt also co-authored landmark workers compensation reform, an income tax cut, and legislation to decrease Oklahoma’s percentage of uninsured drivers.

Previous Public Service

David was raised in Northwest Oklahoma City, attending Putnam City Schools from kindergarten through graduation. His path of public service led him first to the U.S. Capitol, where he served House Speaker Dennis Hastert during 9/11. 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.

Community Involvement

A tireless volunteer, David has been a member of many organizations, including the following:

• 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 Shakespeare in the Park Board President
• Oklahoma City Downtown Club Board of Directors
• Quail Creek Homeowner’s Association Board of Directors
• Allied Arts Board of Directors
• 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
• American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)
• Council of State Governments
• National Conference of State Legislatures
• Oklahoma Compensation and Unclassified Positions Review Board

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. A longtime grassroots Republican activist, David has attended two Republican National Conventions as a member of the Oklahoma delegation. In 2012, the people of Oklahoma elected David to the Electoral College, where he cast one of the state’s seven votes for President and Vice President of the United States.

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Committee Membership

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Office Information

Capitol Address
Senator David Holt
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Rm. 423
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
(405) 521-5636 
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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