Rep. Rush Holt is Leaving the House

Friday, February 28, 2014

Rush Holt, Representative for New Jersey's 12th Congressional District, has announced that he will not be seeking re-election. He will explain his decision, how his background in science informed his work in Washington, and the policies he will be supporting over the next 10 months while he is still in office.



Rush Holt

Comments [23]


Care to bet if the district stays blue?

Mar. 02 2014 06:12 PM

Sounds like Holt was expecting to lose and decided to save himself the embarrassment. I could only bear 11 minutes of the Democrat talking points. Is this another victim of Obamacare.

Mar. 01 2014 03:45 PM

Rep Holt -

I am the caller at approx. 16:00 who suggested that the Congress be expanded along the lines of the Article the First amendment - 50,000:1. I do not disagree that much of the current intramural conversation that makes Congress work would be lost if we expand its size (though there is not a lot of evidence that these intramurals have been effective at achieving much over the last 15 years). I would readily agree that the time place and manner of those conversations would change. Expanding the House size is an idea whose time has come. All the members need not be in D.C. to cast valid votes. Voting by secure electronic connection would be simple. Not every member needs to be on a committee. Indeed, not every member need have an office or staff in D.C.! Expanding the House could also remediate the problems with the electoral college and (somewhat) partisan gerrymandering.

Over the congressman's career in D.C, nominal US GDP has grown from $8.8T (1998) to $15.7T(2013). This is over a 40% increase in the national income but there was no corresponding increase in AVERAGE incomes. How did the pie continue to grow but the slices of that pie not grow proportionately? The causes for such a slanted distribution of the fruits of the nation's labor need to be exposed. My belief is that the engine through which the population has been and is being systematically deprived has been Congress. Whether by executive order, regulatory structure or legislative act, Congress has approved of the distribution of the national income being far less egalitarian than it has ever been in our lifetimes.

If the soon-to-be-former congressman would dedicate part of his time to uncovering how this wrecking of the American Dream was enabled and (better) how it can be reversed, he will have attached his name to a very noble calling.

Mar. 01 2014 10:57 AM


I read that article and I *already know* that not every link is in full support of "equal treatment" of 501 groups by the IRS. There is no evidence of the extra scrutiny is proportional to the number of applicants or is a sign of bias.

The evidence does buttress my position that there was more than one left-leaning group under scrutiny which *had been* your screwball position.

Mar. 01 2014 10:07 AM
Joyce from NYC

The problem with challenging someone to do a Google search is that they can do a Google ---

"But those harsh investigations were more rare than what POLITICO had found when it surveyed conservative groups at the beginning of the scandal. And the questions themselves appear less invasive, overall."

Read more:

Feb. 28 2014 11:14 AM


More than one, Joyce. Again, you are cutting the cloth to suit your beliefs. google 'liberal IRS scrutiny' and learn some more.

Feb. 28 2014 10:49 AM
JT from NJ

Joyce, don't let facts get in your way!

Feb. 28 2014 10:46 AM
Joyce from NYC

RUCB_Alum writes:
The IRS "extra scrutiny" of 501C status was NOT JUST the Tea Party but also left-leaning groups, so as far as that goes, yes, you are a nut

Yes, there was one liberal group that got caught up -- it made the mistake of having the word "constitution" in its name -- now seen as a crime

Feb. 28 2014 10:39 AM

Waxman. Dingell. Holt. Not a good election for Progressivism, imo. And with the media jumping on the meme that the controlling factor in this off-term election is Obama's popularity...Why is BHO's popularity 4 points less than Dubya's at the same point in his term. Dubya has failed to find WMD, bumbled Katrina and enabled Abu Ghraib! Obama's big failure...Saying that ACA would let you keep you doctor or policy if you liked it. Where's the balance people?

Feb. 28 2014 10:32 AM

That was a great call about increasing the number of reps in the house.
I'd like to see about 700 reps to start with.
As for relationships in congress they can just make friends with committee members. That's where the dealing is done.

I'd also like the see less "representatives/senators for life." Unlike holt they don't know when to move on.

Feb. 28 2014 10:30 AM
Andy from Belmar

How do we encourage more scientists, engineers, farmers etc to run? It is a succession of lawyers, we need more smart people in there.

Feb. 28 2014 10:25 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

"Too bad Representative Holt is leaving. He should remain and try to set a good example for other members of Congress."

Really? Our country is doomed.

Feb. 28 2014 10:24 AM


The IRS "extra scrutiny" of 501C status was NOT JUST the Tea Party but also left-leaning groups, so as far as that goes, yes, you are a nut.

Feb. 28 2014 10:23 AM
Joyce from NYC

Well, we know we are in Liberalville -- I heard the word "Koch Brothers"

Let's wait and see if we hear "Soros""



And -- now I am a nihilist !!!!!!!!!!

Feb. 28 2014 10:21 AM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

How refreshing to hear a politician who actually answers the questions that are being asked and is literate. I'm SO tired of all the idiots in Congress who are uneducated ideologues. Too bad Representative Holt is leaving. He should remain and try to set a good example for other members of Congress.

Feb. 28 2014 10:18 AM
Joyce from NYC

This guy is critical to partisanship but ---

Anyone who feels that the IRS scandal has not been sufficiently pursued is a Tea Party nut.

So, pursuit of the truth is acceptable only when it is going after Republicans.

Well, pardon me for being a nut --

Feb. 28 2014 10:17 AM

While I live in New York, I have been an admirer and fan of Rush Holt for several years since he addressed a convening of National Writing Project teachers about the critical role of literacy to an informed citizenry. A scientist, he spoke with eloquence and intelligence about the importance of professional development for teachers in the service of supporting students as informed readers and thoughtful writers in all subject areas. A wise, generous and compassionate human being, he is precisely who we need to be representing us in Congress. While I understand his choice to move on, I mourn the loss of his service to the country. Thanks beyond measure and all good wishes to you, Rush.

Feb. 28 2014 10:16 AM

I wish Rush Holt had been elected to the Senate instead of Booker.

Feb. 28 2014 10:14 AM

Are you leaving Congress to board-sit? What job offers have you been extended from the private sector to date? Will you be lending your rolodex to special interests after your retirement as a lobbyist or other type of public policy/law manipulation consultant?

Feb. 28 2014 10:07 AM
Wells Crandall from Brooklyn, NY

Thank you, Congressman Holt, for your service in both the House and in science. Will you pursue research, teaching, or science advocacy in retirement?

Wells Crandall
Research Assistant in Physics, City College, CUNY

Feb. 28 2014 10:07 AM
Lorraine from Jersey City

Rush Holt is a joy and sorry he is leaving, but he has many interests and hopefully those will be of benefit to NJ

Feb. 28 2014 10:05 AM

Thank you, Rush, for your years of dedicated service. I live in your district and have had the good fortune to be able to push the button by your name six times! My wife and I have also worked for your House and Senate campaigns.

If I could offer an idea for 'life past Congress', I would ask that you consider the ideas expressed best by which is an organization dedicated to seeing that Article the First of our Constitution be ratified and enacted. This amendment - for which there is some proof that it has already been passed by the 3/4 of the states, just never enacted by Congress, apportions House representation to one member for every 50,000 citizens. The new larger Congress would be more directly representative of the people's will; less prone to tampering through gerrymandering and would end the artificial power structures that the artificial limit of 435 seats has created.

I *know* that your future efforts will put logic, reason and clear thinking ahead of ideology and I hope only for the best for you in whatever is next.

Thank you again.

Feb. 28 2014 09:56 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

I wonder if Mr. Holt will ever support term limits on congress.

It's ironic that people who leave congress BY CHOICE, after a relatively average stint, as the founding fathers intended - are the exception, not the rule.

Feb. 28 2014 09:54 AM

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