Why He Matters
George Holding was born in Raleigh, N.C., as part of a prominent family that controls the parent company of First Citizens Bank. He still lives there. He earned a bachelor's and a law degree from Wake Forest University. Holding worked as legislative counsel to U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms and later at a private law firm before joining the federal prosecutor's office in Raleigh under then-U.S. Attorney Frank Whitney. Holding was appointed by President George W. Bush to succeed Whitney and served in that position from 2006 until 2011. Holding and his wife, Lucy, have four children.