Birthdate: April 17, 1968
Birth Place: Raleigh, NC, United States
Residence: Raleigh, NC
State: North Carolina
District: District 13
George Holding was born in Raleigh, N.C., as part of a prominent family that controls the parent company of First Citizens Bank. He still lives there. He earned a bachelor's and a law degree from Wake Forest University.
Holding worked as legislative counsel to U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms and later at a private law firm before joining the federal prosecutor's office in Raleigh under then-U.S. Attorney Frank Whitney.
Holding was appointed by President George W. Bush to succeed Whitney and served in that position from 2006 until 2011.
Holding and his wife, Lucy, have four children.
George Holding is a former federal prosecutor best known for spearheading the investigation of former senator and presidential candidate John Edwards but also earning political corruption convictions against high-ranking state officials.
Holding announced in July 2011 his decision to run to represent the state's 13th Congressional District, which covers much of his home county and north-central North Carolina. He announced the decision a couple of weeks after the release of proposed redistricting maps that tilted the district toward the GOP.
Democratic Rep. Brad Miller, the only person to hold the seat since its creation after the 2000 redistricting, chose not to seek re-election after his residence was drawn into an adjoining district with fellow incumbent Democratic Rep. David Price.
Holding won a three-candidate GOP primary in May 2012 against Wake County Commissioner Paul Coble and local Republican activist Bill Randall. Holding and Coble waged an acrimonious campaign in which they ran ads questioning one another's honesty and conservative credentials.
The shadow of conservative icon late Sen. Jesse Helms covered the race. Coble was Helms' nephew, Holding worked for Helms in Washington and both campaigns were run by former Helms operatives.
In making his first run for elected office, Holding benefited from a political action committee formed to support his candidacy. Some Holding family members gave six-figure donations to the PAC that bypassed giving limitations to Holding's campaign committee.
Holding's claim to fame came after he joined U.S. Attorney Frank Whitney's staff. He was involved in the corruption-related convictions of former state Agriculture Commissioner Meg Scott Phipps and former U.S. Rep. Frank Ballance.
As the top prosecutor, Holding secured the conviction of former state House Speaker Jim Black and investigated former Gov. Mike Easley, who later accepted a plea in state court.
While President Barack Obama nominated a successor to Holding, North Carolina's two U.S. senators said Holding should stay on the job while he completed his investigations of Easley and Edwards.
Holding stepped down in the summer of 2011, days after Edwards was indicted on six criminal counts related to campaign finance issues. In May 2012, a federal jury acquitted Edwards on one count and was deadlocked on five other counts. Prosecutors declined to retry Edwards.
Holding said he had no regrets about the Edwards case and lauded the prosecutors who put Edwards on trial.
Source: Associated Press