December 4, 2014

NYU in Congress

The NYU Washington, DC alumni community and the Office of Government and Community Affairs held a holiday reception honoring alum Representative Rush Holt (PhD '81) for his dedicated career to public service.  Congressman Holt, who retired in 2014 from Congress, had assumed office in 1999, and has been a strong voice for his constituents and the nation.

Throughout his career, he has helped to develop a long-term strategy to decrease the nation's dependence on fossil fuels and to protect the environment for future generations. He has also worked to strengthen oversight of the intelligence community by ensuring that policymakers receive accurate assessments, civil liberties are safeguarded, and the intelligence community is protecting Americans.

NYU Alumni


The Honorable Rush Holt

Congressman Holt has been a leading national voice on how scientific research can lead to increased innovation and a growing economy.

Rep. Holt is a resident of Hopewell Township, N.J. Born in West Virginia, he inherited his interest in politics from his parents. His father was the youngest person ever elected to the U.S. Senate, at age 29. His mother served as Secretary of State of West Virginia and was the first woman to hold that position.

Rep. Holt earned his B.A. in Physics from Carleton College in Minnesota and completed his Master's and Ph.D. at New York University. He has held positions as a teacher, Congressional Science Fellow, and arms control expert at the U.S. State Department where he monitored the nuclear programs of countries such as Iraq, Iran, North Korea, and the former Soviet Union. From 1989 until he launched his 1998 congressional campaign, Holt was Assistant Director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, the largest research facility of Princeton University and the largest center for research in alternative energy in New Jersey. He has conducted extensive research on alternative energy and has his own patent for a solar energy device. Holt was also a five-time winner of the game show "Jeopardy." In February 2011, Holt beat Watson, IBM's computer system in a simulated round of Jeopardy at an event to promote innovation.

He was a strong voice for his constituents, and served on the Committee on Education and the Workforce and the Committee on Natural Resources, where he was the Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources having helped to develop a long-term strategy to decrease our nation's dependence on fossil fuels and protect our environment for future generations. From 2007 to 2010, Holt was the Chairman of the Select Intelligence Oversight Panel. Created at the start of the 110th Congress in January 2007, the Panel worked to strengthen oversight of the intelligence community by ensuring that policymakers receive accurate assessments, civil liberties are safeguarded, and the intelligence community is protecting Americans.