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George Edward Bell Holding (born April 17, 1968) is an American politician who is the United States Representative for North Carolina's 2nd congressional district. He previously represented the 13th District from 2013 to 2017. He is a member of the Republican Party. His district stretches from just southwest of Raleigh to just east of Rocky Mount. He served as the United States Attorney for North Carolina's Eastern District from 2006 to 2011.

George Holding
George Holding.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 2nd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded byBrad Miller
Constituency13th district (2013–17)
2nd district (2017–)
U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina
In office
Nominated byGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byFrank Whitney
Succeeded byThomas Walker
Personal details
George Edward Bell Holding

(1968-04-17) April 17, 1968 (age 51)
Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Lucy Herriott (m. 1993)
EducationWake Forest University (BA, JD)
WebsiteHouse website

Early life, education, and early law careerEdit

The youngest of five children, Holding grew up in Raleigh. He is a member of the Holding family which founded the First Citizens Bank in Smithfield.[1] He attended the Groton School in Massachusetts.[2] He attended Wake Forest University, studying Classics. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree, he studied law at Wake Forest University School of Law. During law school, he met his future wife, Lucy Herriott. They married after graduating and returned to Raleigh where Holding practiced law with Kilpatrick Stockton.[3]

In 1998, Holding left the practice of law to serve as legislative counsel to U.S. Senator Jesse Helms in Washington. He was employed by Maupin Taylor, a Raleigh law firm, from 2001–2002. Holding joined the U.S. Attorney's office for the Eastern District of North Carolina in 2002, working under Frank DeArmon Whitney. Under Whitney, the U.S. Attorney's office prosecuted a number of high-profile public corruption cases, including former N.C. Agriculture Commissioner Meg Scott Phipps, former House Speaker Jim Black and former U.S. Representative Frank Ballance. Whitney left his position as U.S. Attorney when he became a judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina.

U.S. Attorney's officeEdit

In September 2006, Holding was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Whitney's replacement. His priorities included more security in capturing child pornography and drug prosecutions. In addition, Holding prosecuted a state judge, a state Senator, a state Representative, and several sheriffs for political corruption. After Barack Obama won the presidency, Holding was asked to remain in office to complete ongoing public corruption investigations.[4] He worked closely with state prosecutors investigating former Governor Mike Easley, who was convicted for violating state campaign finance law.[5] When Holding left office the average sentence in drug trafficking cases in eastern North Carolina was almost twice the national average. He indicted eight defendants for conspiring to promote terrorist attacks in the United States and abroad.[4]

U.S. House of RepresentativesEdit



After his resignation as U.S. Attorney in 2011, Holding announced his candidacy for Congress in North Carolina's 13th congressional district.[6] He was endorsed by multiple conservative business and civic leaders, including N.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice I. Beverly Lake and former U.S. Senator Lauch Faircloth.

Holding won the Republican primary in May. He defeated former Raleigh Mayor Paul Coble. In the general election, he won the seat with 57% of the vote.[7]


Holding was unopposed in the Republican primary for re-election. He won the general election against his Democratic challenger, Brenda Cleary, a registered nurse and former executive director of the North Carolina Center for Nursing, 57%-43%.[8]


On February 19, 2016, it was announced that as part of a court-ordered redistricting, "a large chunk" of the 13th would be drawn into North Carolina's 2nd congressional district. Though Holding's home was located in the 4th district under the new map, congressional candidates are only required to live in the state they wish to represent. Thus, Holding decided to run in the 2nd district against the incumbent, fellow Republican Renee Ellmers.[9] Ellmers made much of the fact that Holding didn't live in the district. However, his home is just six miles from the 2nd's border, and the new district is actually geographically and demographically more his district than Ellmers'.[10] In the primary on June 7, Holding defeated Ellmers 53%-24%.[11]


Holding took office in the 113th Congress on January 3, 2013.

Holding opposes the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and voted to repeal the legislation.[12] During his 2018 re-election campaign, Holding claimed that the Affordable Care Act caused a 100 percent increase in the cost of the health insurance premiums; PolitiFact found that the claim was false. Premiums rose by as much at 105 percent, down to "a slightly smaller increase of about 76 percent. ... Holding’s claim that "we’re all paying 100 percent more" was especially misleading because only 2 to 5 percent of people are affected by premium increases on the Affordable Care Act’s individual market. Holding cherry-picked the smallest market for insurance and suggested that everyone was suffering that way."[13]

Committee assignmentsEdit

Caucus membershipsEdit

Personal lifeEdit

George and Lucy Holding have four children – three daughters and one son – and are members of Christ Baptist Church in Raleigh.


  1. ^ Campbell, Colin (February 19, 2016). "U.S. Rep. George Holding plans to challenge Rep. Renee Ellmers under new map". Charlotte Observer. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  2. ^ "Groton School Quarterly, Winter 2017". Retrieved December 19, 2017.
  3. ^ Beckwith, Ryan Teague (May 17, 2007). "George Holding". Raleigh News & Observer. Archived from the original on January 23, 2013. Retrieved January 27, 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Johnston man pleads guilty in terrorist conspiracy". WRAL-TV. Capitol Broadcasting Company.
  5. ^ Curliss, J. Andrew; Kane, Dan (November 24, 2010). "Easley convicted of felony; state, federal probes end". Raleigh News & Observer. Archived from the original on October 1, 2012. Retrieved January 27, 2012.
  6. ^ Christensen, Rob (July 14, 2011). "Holding will seek 13th District seat". Raleigh News & Observer. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved January 27, 2012.
  7. ^ Oleniacz, Laura (November 7, 2012). "Republican Holding takes 13th District congressional seat". The Herald Sun. Archived from the original on November 18, 2012. Retrieved November 8, 2012.
  8. ^ "NC SBE Contest Results". North Carolina State Board of Elections. November 4, 2014. Retrieved August 18, 2016.
  9. ^ Campbell, Colin; Douglas, Ann a (February 19, 2016). "U.S. Rep. George Holding plans to challenge Rep. Renee Ellmers under new map". The News & Observer. Retrieved August 18, 2016.
  10. ^ "In North Carolina's 2nd District, a fight over residency and authenticity between Holding, Ellmers". Politifact North Carolina. June 3, 2016.
  11. ^ "NC SBE Contest Results". North Carolina State Board of Elections. June 7, 2016. Retrieved August 18, 2016.
  12. ^ WRAL. "Fact check: George Holding and special-interest money". Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  13. ^ "Holding misleads on Obamacare premium increase during debate". @politifact. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  14. ^ "Member List". Republican Study Committee. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  15. ^ "Members". Congressional Western Caucus. Retrieved June 27, 2018.
  16. ^ "Our Members". U.S. House of Representatives International Conservation Caucus. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  17. ^ "Members". U.S. - Japan Caucus. Retrieved December 11, 2018.

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