George Holding

George Holding


Rep. Holding: 'Skeptical' About Iran Nuclear Negotiations Extension


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 24, 2014 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman George Holding (NC-13) released the following statement after the announcement of an extension of negotiations surrounding Iran’s nuclear program for an additional seven months: “I remain skeptical about yet another extension of the Iran nuclear talks. We’ve had almost a year of negotiations and Iran has shown little willingness to make real concessions. “We have to ask ourselves: Is another extension better than a bad deal or no deal at all? “An extension is only acceptable if it leads to a deal that completely shuts the door on Iran’s path to a nuclear bomb. Otherwise, it simply allows Iran to buy more time and relief from sanctions. “The administration needs to stop giving in to the demands of Iran’s radical leaders to keep tens of thousands of centrifuges spinning and the Arak reactor intact. We should not enter into any deal with Iran if they will not candidly acknowledge their past deceptions about their nuclear activities and dismantle their nuclear infrastructure.”  ###  Read More

The President Struck a Blow to Our System of Checks and Balances


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 20, 2014 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman George Holding (NC-13) released the following statement in response to President Obama’s executive actions on immigration:  “The issue, after the president’s address tonight, is no longer whether Congress and the president can agree on an immigration policy. The question is: Does a president have the power to alter laws without passing new statutes? “Throughout our history the answer has been no. “These are strong words but, tonight, in pursuit of a political agenda, President Obama struck a blow at the checks and balances system that has been at the heart of our government – and our Constitution – for over 200 years. “Whether you are Democrat or Republican, whether you agree or disagree with the president’s policy on immigration, you cannot agree with his actions – no man has the power to be both president and legislator.” ### Read More

Apology Is Needed


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 31, 2014 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman George Holding (NC-13) issued the following statement calling on President Obama and the administration official to issue an apology after disparaging comments were made about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: “Earlier this week, an administration official criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu using profane language.  This is not how American officials should behave, especially to our ally, Israel.  “Israel has stood by us.  Israel is our friend, and this is not how you treat friends.  The president and the official should issue an apology, and clear the air.” ### Read More

Congressman Holding Meets with Indian Prime Minister Modi


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


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


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’


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


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


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


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

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Phone 202-225-3032
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Foreign Affairs


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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