Sen. David Holt of Oklahoma City, a Republican, said he’s pleased to welcome 7,984 additional constituents in Midtown Oklahoma City to the District 30 legislative district he already serves.
Holt gained new parts of The City Sentinel’s Midtown readership area following redistricting and the departure of Sen. Andrew Rice, an Oklahoma City Democrat, on Jan. 15.
Rice’s seat will be filled in a special election on Feb. 14. The special election will be held in the new district lines.
The new area joining Senate District 30 in Oklahoma is roughly bounded by N.W. 10 St., N.W. 30 St., Pennsylvania Avenue and Interstate-44.
The area includes Northwest Classen High School and Shepherd Mall, along with the Linwood, Miller, Cleveland, Shepherd, Crestwood, Las Vegas, Reed Park, Pennville, and Milam Place neighborhoods.
“My wife Rachel and I love these historic neighborhoods,” Holt said. “This is such an exciting time for the people in these neighborhoods, and I’m honored to have this opportunity to represent these thriving areas of Oklahoma City.”
Holt is an Adjunct Professor at Oklahoma City University, where he teaches an Honors class with President Robert Henry. Sen. Holt is also a graduate of the OCU School of Law.
The OCU community borders the new areas in Sen. Holt’s district.
The Oklahoma City native graduated from Putnam City Schools, then earned a Political Science degree from The George Washington University.
He served in Washington for U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert and Pres. George W. Bush before returning home to Oklahoma in 2004. Since then, he served then-Lt. Gov. Mary Fallin and U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe.
Holt spent five years as the Chief of Staff to Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett until he was elected to the Senate in 2010.
In addition to serving in the Senate and at OCU, Holt is an attorney with Williams, Box, Forshee & Bullard in downtown Oklahoma City.
He and his wife, Rachel, have two children, George, 2, and Margaret, three months. They are members of St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church.