Tim Holden (D-PA-17)

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Tim Holden Congressman Pennsylvania District 17

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Timothy T. “Tim” Holden

Tim Holden Congressional Candidate Pennsylvania District 17


Tim Holden Biography from House.gov

Congressman Tim Holden, born March 5, 1957, is a native of St. Clair, Pennsylvania. Public service has played an integral role in his family history. Joseph “Sox” Holden, his father, served four terms as a Schuylkill County Commissioner and also played professional baseball for the Philadelphia Phillies. His great grandfather, John Siney, was founder of the Miners Benevolent Association, which evolved into the United Mine Workers.

After attending St. Mary’s Elementary School and St. Clair Area High School, he received an athletic scholarship to Fork Union Military Academy, completing one year of college prep. Tim earned a football scholarship to the University of Richmond but an unfortunate bout with tuberculosis cut short his college career. After recuperating, Tim completed his education at Bloomsburg University, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. In 2008, Tim received an Honorary Doctorate degree from the Harrisburg University of Science and Technology.

In 1980 Tim earned his license as an insurance broker and real estate agent, enabling him to gain experience in the family business, Holden Insurance & Realty. Tim went on to work as a probation officer and then Sergeant-at-Arms for the PA House of Representatives. In 1985, at the age of 28, Tim was elected Sheriff of Schuylkill County, the youngest person ever to hold the office as well as the youngest Sheriff in the Commonwealth of PA. He served as Sheriff of Schuylkill County from 1985 to 1992.

Tim was first elected to Congress in 1992 and has been a member of the Agriculture Committee since 1993. He was appointed Vice Chairman of the House Agriculture committee in the 110th Congress and was recently selected to serve as the Ranking Member of the Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Energy, and Research, and continues to serve on the Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Subcommittee. Tim is also the senior Pennsylvania member serving on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and serves on the Subcommittee of Highways and Transit as well as the Subcommittee on Aviation.

Tim began his tenth term as a Member of Congress in January 2011. The 17th District is comprised of Schuylkill, Dauphin and Lebanon Counties, as well as parts of Perry and Berks Counties.

He and his wife Gwen live in St. Clair, Schuylkill County.



Biography of Tim Holden from Friends of Congressman Tim Holden

Tim was born and raised in St. Clair, Pennsylvania in the heart of Pennsylvania’s coal region. He is a 1975 graduate of the St. Clair Area School District and a 1980 graduate of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.

Tim was first elected to the United States Congress in 1992. Prior to his election to Congress, Tim was a real estate agent, an insurance broker, a probation officer and served as a Sheriff for Schuylkill County.

Working-class values run deep in Tim’s hometown of St. Clair and he has always stayed true to the people who sent him to Congress. His priorities are creating jobs, improving the economy, protecting seniors, and advocating on behalf of our Veterans and active duty military men and women. He supports hard-working people, from factory workers to small-business owners, and is against trade deals that export American jobs. He believes in protecting and creating good-paying jobs, reasonable tax cuts, and is a long-time advocate for fiscal responsibility and balancing the federal budget.

In Congress, Tim serves on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Tim is also on the Agricultural Committee where he is the ranking member for the Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy and Forestry.

Tim and his wife Gwen are proud residents of St. Clair, PA.

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