Rush D. Holt, Jr.

Rush Dew Holt, Jr. (* October 15, 1948 in Weston, Lewis County, West Virginia) is an American politician. Since 1999 he represents the State of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Rush Holt is the son of U.S. Senator Rush D. Holt, Sr. (1905-1955) of West Virginia. He attended in Bethesda (Maryland) to 1966 Landon School. Then he studied until 1970 at Carleton College in Minnesota physics. Then he was at the New York University, where he studied until 1981, among other philosophy. From 1980 to 1988 he was a member of the faculty of Swarthmore College. He then worked for the U.S. State Department until 1989, where he worked in the Department of Nuclear Research ( Nuclear and Scientific Division ). Between 1989 and his election to the U.S. House of Representatives, he served as Deputy Director at Princeton University in the laboratory for plasmatic physics.

Politically, Holt joined the Democratic Party. In the congressional elections of 1998 he was in the twelfth election District of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Michael J. Pappas on January 3, 1999. After the previous six elections he can exercise his mandate until today. In 2010, he was confirmed contrary to the national trend as a Democrat, with 53% of the vote. Holt is considered to be of liberal deputies and is a member of the Committee on Education and Labor and the Committee on Natural Resources, and in four sub-committees. In his time as a congressman of the terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001, the Iraq war and the military mission in Afghanistan fell.

Rush Holt is married and father of three children. The family lives in Hopewell.