Frank Holleman

Frank Sharp Holleman, III is an attorney and politician from South Carolina who was the Democratic Party's nominee for South Carolina Superintendent of Education in 2010 and is a former United States Deputy Secretary of Education.

Frank Holleman
United States Deputy Secretary of Education
In office
December 28, 1999 – January 20, 2001
PresidentBill Clinton
Preceded byMarshall Smith
Succeeded byWilliam D. Hansen
Personal details
BornSeneca, South Carolina
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materFurman University (BA)
Harvard Law School (JD)
London School of Economics (MSc)

Holleman was born in Seneca, South Carolina and attended Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. He graduated from Harvard Law School and served as a law clerk for Judge Harrison Lee Winter of the Fourth Circuit and Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun. He then worked as a partner at Wyche, Burgess, Freeman and Parham in Greenville, South Carolina.

Holleman served as chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party from 1988–90.[1] In 1994, he was appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve in the Justice Department as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General,[2] and later served as Chief of Staff for Secretary of Education Richard Riley.[3] In 1999, Clinton recess appointed Holleman to serve as Deputy Secretary of Education,[4] a post which he held until the end of the Clinton presidency.

Holleman served as campaign manager for Inez Tenenbaum's Senate campaign in 2004, and was rumored as a possible candidate for state Superintendent of Education in 2006.[5] He did not run and Jim Rex won the Democratic nomination and the general election. After Rex decided not to run for re-election and instead ran for governor, Holleman announced his candidacy for Superintendent in the 2010 election.[6] Holleman opposed tax credits or publicly funded vouchers for private school tuition, and supported an expansion of early childhood education and adoption of the Common Core Standards.[7] He won the Democratic nomination against school administrator Tom Thompson. In the general election, Holleman raised a substantial amount of money,[8] and the race was initially considered to be close, but he lost the general election to Republican nominee Mick Zais.

Holleman is now a senior litigating attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center, where he has led the effort to litigate against power utilities over the disposal of coal ash, especially in the wake of the 2014 Dan River coal ash spill.[9][10][11]


  1. ^ "Frank Holleman won't seek re-election". Associated Press. Retrieved 2014-11-07.
  2. ^ "Digest of Other White House Announcements". The American Presidency Project. Retrieved 2014-11-07.
  3. ^ "New No. 2". Education Week. Retrieved 2014-11-07.
  4. ^ "President Clinton Names Frank S. Holleman III as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Education". The White House. Retrieved 2014-11-07.
  5. ^ "Several ponder challenging Floyd for education chief". Associated Press. Retrieved 2014-11-07.
  6. ^ "Democrat enters S.C. superintendent race". The State. Archived from the original on 2014-11-08. Retrieved 2014-11-07.
  7. ^ "Education superintendent race comes back to vouchers". Charleston City Paper. Retrieved 2014-11-07.
  8. ^ "Follow the Money". National Institute on Money in State Politics. Retrieved 2014-11-08.
  9. ^ "Frank Holleman with the Southern Environmental Law Center discusses the Governor's decision to allow the coal ash bill (SB 729) to become law". NC Policy Watch. Retrieved 2014-11-07.
  10. ^ "DENR chief, environmental lawyer go toe to toe over NC's coal ash problems". WRAL. Retrieved 2014-11-07.
  11. ^ "Duke to remove coal ash from Anderson County site". Greenville News. Retrieved 2014-11-07.
Political offices
Preceded by
Marshall Smith
United States Deputy Secretary of Education
Succeeded by
William D. Hansen
Party political offices
Preceded by
Jim Rex
Democratic nominee for South Carolina Superintendent of Education
Succeeded by
Tom Thompson