Timothy Holden (D-Pa.)

U.S. Representative (since January 1993)

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Why He Matters

Holden has a reputation for attentive constituent service, garnering an endorsement from the Lebanon Daily News in 2004 saying "he has delivered a level of constituent service, visibility and accessibility to which at least we here in the Lebanon Valley had grown unaccustomed."

Following the 2008 election, the same newspaper championed his place among the Blue Dog Democrats "serving districts that don't really seem to fit in with the big "D" after their names." Holden followed that description to the letter when he voted against the House version of the comprehensive health-care reform bill in November 2009.

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Mark Critz defeats Jason Altmire, Matt Cartwright beats Tim Holden

(Todd Berkey / AP)

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Timothy Holden (D-Pa.)

U.S. Representative (since January 1993)


Rep. Mark Critz defeats Rep. Jason Altmire in Democratic primary in Pennsylvania

(Keith Srakocic / AP)

Pennsylvania Democrats on Tuesday were dealing with consequences of their 2010 rout as Rep. Mark S. Critz defeated Rep. Jason Altmire in a tough primary battle that pitted two of the most promising members of their delegation against each other.


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(Sean Simmers / For The Washington Post)

Rep. Matthew Cartwright is fighting negative perceptions about the law with information and brutal honesty.

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At a Glance

  • Career History: Schuylkill County Sheriff (1985-1992), Insurance broker for the Holden Insurance Agency (1980-1985), Probation officer (1980-1985)
  • Birthday: March 5, 1957
  • Hometown: St. Clair, Penn.
  • Alma Mater: University of Richmond (1976-78), B.A. from Bloomsburg State University (1980)
  • Spouse: Gwen Holden
  • Religion: Catholic
  • Committees: Agriculture Committee ; Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
  • DC Office: 2417 Rayburn HOB: 202-225-5546
  • District Offices: Berk County: (610) 921-3502; Dauphin/Perry County: (717) 234-5904; Lebanon County: (717) 270-1395; Schuykill County: (570) 622-4212
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Path to Power

The son of Joseph "Sox" Holden, a former Phillies player and a county commissioner, "Tim" Holden was born in 1957 in Schuylkill County.

After attending a Virginia prep school, Holden received a football scholarship from the University of Richmond. His athletic career was cut short when he contracted tuberculosis, but Holden received his bachelor's degree in sociology from Bloomsburg University.

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The Issues

A member of the Blue Dog Coalition, Holden is a centrist Democrat with conservative positions on social issues. He has supported a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage and has earned high grades from the National Rifle Association.

Strongly opposed to abortion rights, he initially voted against federal funding for stem-cell research before reversing his stance in 2007. Less conservative on fiscal issues, he has opposed a permanent repeal of the estate tax. Yet, he voted for the Republicans' bankruptcy reform in 2005.

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The Network

Holden has endorsed Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) over Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) for the state's 2010 Democratic Senate primary.

For years the only Keystone State lawmaker on the House Agriculture Committee, Holden has held a joint community forum with fellow committee member and freshman Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper (D-Pa.) The two along with freshman Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-Pa.) form Pennsylvania's contingent on the committee that has traditionally lacked Northeastern representation.