George Holding

George Holding

NORTH CAROLINA's 13th DISTRICT

Congressman Holding Meets with Indian Prime Minister Modi

2014/09/30

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 30, 2014 CONTACT: Alex Miehls, 202-226-8159 [[{"fid":"296","view_mode":"teaser","fields":{"format":"teaser","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":""},"type":"media","attributes":{"class":"media-element file-teaser"}}]] WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman George Holding (NC-13) issued the following statement after meeting with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the U.S. Capitol: “The United States-India bilateral relationship can be one of the defining partnerships of this century. “There is limitless potential between our two democracies when it comes to economic, defense, and counterterrorism operations. And with a shifting geopolitical situation in Asia, unwavering cooperation between the U.S. and India is essential to promoting peace and stability. “I look forward to continuing my efforts to advance the U.S.-India relationship and today’s conversation with Prime Minister Modi firmly reinforces my belief that we have a partner ready to seize the opportunity before us.” Background: This is Prime Minister Modi’s first visit to the United States following India’s election earlier this year. A leader on U.S.-India relations, Congressman Holding led a U.S. Congressional delegation to India earlier this year and is a member of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian-Americans. ### Read More

Congressman Holding Introduces Bill to Help Keep Our Communities Safe & Protect Federal Resources

2014/09/19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 19, 2014 CONTACT: Alex Miehls, 202-226-8159 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman George Holding (NC-13) released the following statement after the introduction of his bill, the Protecting Public Safety and Federal Resources Act: "President Obama and Attorney General Holder are moving to put convicted drug offenders - currently serving federal prison sentences - back onto the streets. This would be devastating to our communities and hamper law enforcement's efforts to keep our streets safe. In order to stop this misguided policy, I have introduced the Protecting Public Safety and Federal Resources Act. “The Obama administration’s proposed policy would allow an estimated 46,000 convicted criminals to apply for reduced sentences. In addition to potentially releasing thousands of drug traffickers, the administration's policy would create lighter penalties for our nation’s most dangerous drug traffickers for years to come and create a potential shutdown of effective drug prosecution by devoting scarce law enforcement resources to reviewing sentences instead of fighting crime. “The Protecting Public Safety and Federal Resources Act prevents this irresponsible policy from taking effect and preserves federal resources for pursuing the violent drug dealers who are currently prosecuted under federal law." Background:  The Protecting Public Safety and Federal Resources Act (PPSFRA) reverses U.S. Sentencing Commission (USSC) proposals to reduce sentencing guideline levels for drug offenders that would allow an estimated 46,000 convicted criminals to seek sentence reductions retroactively. PPSFRA is supported by the National Association of Assistant U.S. Attorneys (NAAUSA), the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA), and the National Narcotic Officers’ Associations’ Coalition (NNOAC). The USSC’s statistics show there is an almost 50 percent rearrest rate for offenders who received sentence reductions under the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010. The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) show a recidivism rate close to 75 percent for such offenders nationwide. Sally Quillian Yates, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, testified before the USSC in June, saying that the diversion of resources from prosecutors’ offices, the courts, and probation services in order to process over 46,000 applications for sentencing reductions will have a negative impact on public safety. ### Read More

Rep. Holding's ALERRT Act Included in House-Passed Jobs for America Act

2014/09/18

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 18, 2014 CONTACT: Alex Miehls, 202-226-8159 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Holding released the following statement in support of the Jobs for America Act (H.R. 4), which is a compilation of House-passed bills that continue to sit in the U.S. Senate: “I am glad to see my House-passed bill, the ALERRT Act, was included in yesterday’s Jobs for America Act (H.R. 4) which will help create jobs, increase wages, and grow our economy.  "The ALERRT Act helps reduce regulatory burdens and increase transparency, in an effort to promote economic growth and help businesses prosper.    "The Jobs For America Act includes common-sense solutions, like the ALERRT Act, that have already passed in the House, but continue to collect dust in the Senate. These solutions will help lower costs at home, restore opportunity, simplify our tax code and help North Carolinians bring home more of their paychecks.    "I urge the Senate to take up the Jobs for America Act to help boost job creation and restore opportunity for all North Carolinians."  ### Read More

Rep. Holding Stands with Pres. Poroshenko as He Urges ‘America to Lead the Way’

2014/09/18

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 18, 2014 CONTACT: Alex Miehls, 202-226-8159 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman George Holding (NC-13) issued the following statement after Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko addressed a joint session of Congress today:   "At a time of great unrest around the world, I welcomed President Poroshenko’s historic address to a joint session of Congress as a symbol of America’s historic leadership. “The U.S. has a responsibility to stand for freedom and democracy, but sadly our president fails to confront these challenges as chaos ensues. The president’s decision to retreat from the world stage has created a vacuum filled by aggression across the globe. “As President Poroshenko said, ‘With just one move, the world has been thrown back in time — to a reality of territorial claims, zones of influence, criminal aggression and annexations.' I stand with President Poroshenko as he urges ‘America to lead the way’ and I call on our president to lead with courage and conviction on the world stage." ### Read More

Rep. Holding: The President's Failure to Lead Has Left Us With Few Options

2014/09/18

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 17, 2014 CONTACT: Alex Miehls, 202-226-8159 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman George Holding (NC-13) issued the following statement in response to the House passage of Chairman Buck McKeon's (CA-25) amendment and the terrorist threat posed by ISIS:   "Yesterday the president’s top military advisor, Gen. Martin Dempsey, suggested it may take a lot more to defeat ISIS given the increasing complexity of the situation on the ground. “But the president’s failure to lead has left us with few options.  “We need to destroy ISIS, yet I am deeply concerned that our president is not prepared for the sustained commitment that is needed. “The limited authorization granted today to train and equip vetted Syrian opposition members is a step in the right direction. “But let’s be clear: the president still needs to put forth a clear, long-term strategy to destroy ISIS.” ### Read More

Bipartisan Trade Secrets Protection Act of 2014 One Step Closer to House Vote

2014/09/17

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 17, 2014 CONTACT: Alex Miehls, 202-226-8159 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman George Holding (NC-13) released the following statement after the House Judiciary Committee approved legislation he introduced, the bipartisan Trade Secrets Protection Act of 2014, H.R. 5233:  “Trade secrets are an increasingly important form of intellectual property that have become more vulnerable to theft as a result of our globalized economy. And as trade secret theft becomes more sophisticated, American laws need to keep pace to protect our businesses. This bipartisan bill will not only help job creators protect their trade secrets, but help grow our economy and create jobs.” ### Read More

Rep. Holding: President Must Take Firm, Unequivocal Stand

2014/09/11

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman George Holding released the following statement after the president's speech on the terrorist threat posed by ISIS:  "When it comes to eliminating the threat of ISIS, the hard truth is we really don’t have a choice. "But make no mistake: The difficulty of the military campaign in front of us should not be sugar-coated or understated. The president needs to take a firm, unequivocal stand – and he needs to level with the American people every step of the way as we go forward. "The plan the president has outlined – increased airstrikes, counter-terrorism tactics, and the training and arming of groups like the Kurds and Syrian opposition – will, hopefully, prove to be a step in the right direction. But, in candor, the military campaign the president has proposed – to eliminate ISIS – must go beyond what has been outlined and include a long-term strategy. "Congress’s responsibility, as we go forward, will be to provide the authorizations, as needed, to accomplish our goal of destroying ISIS." ### Read More

Why Protecting Our Trade Secrets Is Essential To Saving the Economy

2014/08/18

Why Protecting Our Trade Secrets Is Essential To Saving the Economy Business Insider By: Congressmen Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), Howard Coble (R-NC), John Conyers Jr. (D-MI), Steve Chabot (R-OH), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), and George Holding (R-NC), Members of the House Judiciary Committee Augst 18, 2014 Unlike a patent or copyright, a trade secret is non-public intellectual property. It gains economic value because of its secrecy. Some of the most recognized trade secrets include Coca-Cola’s formula and KFC’s famous recipe, but trade secrets include many different types of confidential business information critical to the success of both large and small companies in the United States. The devastating reality is that theft of trade secrets costs the American economy billions of dollars per year. Although criminal laws exist to combat such theft, the FBI [Federal Bureau of Investigation] said in a recent Congressional hearing that “[p]rotecting the nation’s economy from this threat is not something the FBI can accomplish on its own.” Trade secret owners take reasonable measures to keep this information out of the public eye because once it is disclosed, its protection is gone forever. According to the Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive, “trade secrets are all forms and types of financial, business, scientific, technical, economic, or engineering information, including patterns, plans, compilations, program devices, formulas, designs, prototypes, methods, techniques, processes, procedures, programs, or codes, whether tangible or intangible, and whether stored or unstored, compiled, or memorialized physically, electronically, graphically, photographically, or in writing...” While some trade secrets might be eligible for other types of intellectual property protection, many involving the methods and processes necessary to create products are not. In February 2013, the Executive Office of the President released a report documenting the scope of trade secret theft which showed serious cause for concern. The report first states that, “[e]merging trends indicate that the pace of economic espionage and trade secret theft against U.S. corporations is accelerating” including many recent attacks originating from foreign governments. Second, the report gives examples of the magnitude of trade secret theft to individual companies (such as theft of Ford’s trade secret valued at $50 million, theft of a Goldman Sachs trade secret valued at $500 million, a stolen Dupont trade secret valued at $400 million) but one may conclude that trade secret theft in the U.S. is vast, and possibly too great to quantify. Protection for trade secrets in the U.S. is currently accomplished through a patchwork of Federal criminal law and state civil statutes. Criminal cases are prosecuted by the FBI. While significant resources have been dedicated to the FBI for trade secret theft in recent years, “the number of economic espionage and theft of trade secrets cases overseen by the unit increased by more than 60 percent” between 2009 and 2013. American businesses own an estimated $5 trillion dollars of trade secrets, with roughly $300 billion of that stolen per year. At this rate, a criminal cause of action alone is not enough. That is why we introduced the “Trade Secrets Protection Act of 2014” to create a civil cause of action that allows trade secret owners to directly combat theft of their intellectual property in federal court. Our bill will provide U.S. companies with additional tools to combat destructive threats to valuable information. While state laws may have been effective in the past, the digital information age has changed the dynamic of trade secret theft. Theft of proprietary information is no longer only physical misappropriation, but now may include hundreds of files downloaded onto a flash drive or sent around the world instantaneously. Moreover, not all state laws are identical, nor are state court procedures, which adds to the complexity of seeking remedies in this venue. Instead, expanding the venue of civil trade secret actions to federal court will foster the development of a national standard for use by businesses of all types and sizes to protect their intellectual property. The current patchwork is simply not enough to combat organized trade secret theft. All other forms of intellectual property – patents, copyrights, and trademarks – are afforded a civil cause of action in federal law. It is time we confer trade secrets with a similar level of protection to substantially mitigate the billions of dollars lost annually through theft of our intellectual property.   Read More

Rep. Holding Discusses Foreign Policy & Economy in WGBR Interview

2014/08/07

Congressman George Holding (NC-13) talked with WGBR's Carol Bowden about the president's failing foreign policy and solutions to boost our economy – such as reforming the tax code and cutting wasteful spending. Audio and key excerpts are below: Rep. Holding on Terrorism in Iraq: "Iraq has gone from being a nation that we liberated from Saddam Hussein to being a safe haven for terrorists who reach out and inflict terror around the world. … “This terrorist group [ISIS] is more dangerous than al Qaeda – they’re self-sustaining. They overran the central bank in Mosul and took out over half a billion – they overran it, they robbed the bank – and reports say they got upwards of half a billion dollars. … “And we had the opportunity last year, we had hearings in the foreign affairs committee last year notifying the administration that this terrorist threat was building, it’s building, these are the reports that we are getting out of the area. And the Obama administration did nothing. The Iraqis came in and asked for drone strikes when the terrorist group, they were camped out in the desert prior to attacking Baghdad. And they [Iraqis] asked for air strikes – the Obama administration declined to do that. This feeds into a complete narrative of the Obama administration – they just want to pretend that nothing is wrong in the world.” Rep. Holding on the Economy: "So we’re moving much, much in the wrong direction. We have to cut spending – we really have to cut spending. But we also need to get this country growing again, and I think through tax reform, it would be a great way to get the country growing." ### Read More

Rep. Holding 'Concerned' After Latest Jobs Report

2014/08/01

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 1, 2014 CONTACT: Alex Miehls, 202-226-8159 Washington, D.C. – This morning, Congressman George Holding (NC-13) issued the following statement in response to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ unemployment report for July 2014: “After hearing the national unemployment rate ticked upward, I’m concerned for the small businesses, manufacturers, and people in my district. “Under this administration, it’s been one discouraging jobs report after another. But, through lower taxes, less government spending, and fewer regulations, we can unleash the American economy and produce good-paying jobs. “I hope the president will work with Congress to address our economy and get government out of the way to help the struggling people in my district and the rest of our country.” ### Read More

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Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-3032
Fax 202-225-0181
holding.house.gov

Committee Assignments

Foreign Affairs

Judiciary

George Holding grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. He attended Wake Forest University and has degrees in Classics and Law. Holding clerked for U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle, practiced law with Kilpatrick Townsend and served as the United States Attorney for North Carolina.

As United States Attorney, his priorities included prosecution of violent felons, drug offenses, child pornography, and political corruption.  Holding prosecuted a U.S. Congressman, the Speaker of the North Carolina House, a judge, a state senator, a state representative, and several sheriffs for political corruption and a major terrorism case. When Holding left office the average sentence in drug trafficking cases in eastern North Carolina was well above the national average.

On January 3, 2013, Holding was sworn in as the Representative for North Carolina’s 13th Congressional District.  He serves on the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Judiciary Committee.

George and his wife Lucy have four children – three daughters aged 13, 12, and 11 and one son aged 3.


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Richard Hudson

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