Take Action: Get involved and help us protect our oceans!  Join now

Representative Rush Holt

New Jersey-12th
Key Coastal Communities:

“As John F. Kennedy said in March 1961, ‘It is our task in our time and in our generation to hand down undiminished to those who come after us, as was handed down to us by those who went before, the natural wealth and beauty which is ours.'”

Leadership: A PhD physicist, Representative Holt’s science background makes him a valuable member of the Natural Resources Committee. He is one of only two House members to receive a lifetime 100% rating from the League of Conservation Voters, and endorsed by the Sierra Club.  Representative Holt is a solid defender of the environment and has “fought to stop ocean dumping off New Jersey’s coast and create a scientific advisory panel assembled to prevent contaminated material from being deposited in the ocean” and “stood up loud and clear to safeguard our country’s environmental treasures from dangerous public policy, including oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Preserve.” On May 5, 2010, Representative Holt introduced H.R. 5214 (Big Oil Bailout Prevention Act of 2010), to hold oil companies fully accountable for spill costs by raising their liability cap from $75 million to $10 billion. He also joined with others in the New Jersey delegation to to author a letter to Interior Secretary Salazar opposing the Administration’s decision to expand offshore drilling. The letter instead calls for developing clean offshore solutions such as wind and wave energy.

Representative Holt sponsored:

  • H.R. 123 (Water Advanced Technologies for Efficient Resource Use Act of 2013)
  • H.R. 1630 (America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act of 2013)
  • H.R. 1743 (Big Oil Bailout Prevention Act of 2013)
  • H.R. 492 (Big Oil Bailout Prevention Act of 2011)
  • H.R. 5214 (Big Oil Bailout Prevention Act of 2010)

Representative Holt cosponsored:

  • H.R. 924 (Incentivizing Offshore Wind Power Act of 2013)
  • H.R. 139 (Udall-Eisenhower Arctic Wilderness Act of 2013)
  • H.R. 373 (Oil Pollution Research and Development Program Reauthorization Act of 2013)
  • H.R. 644 (Delaware River Basin Conservation Act of 2013)
  • H.R. 764 (Coastal State Climate Change Planning Act of 2013)
  • H.R.1175 (FRESHER Act of 2013): To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act and direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study with respect to stormwater runoff from oil and gas operations, and for other purposes.
  • H.R. 1649 (Offshore Oil and Gas Worker Whistleblower Protection Act of 2013)
  • H.R. 1837 (Clean Water Protection Act of 2013)
  • H.R. 1890 (Balancing Food, Farm, and the Environment Act of 2013)
  • H.R. 261 (No New Driling Act of 2011)
  • H.R. 601 (End Big Oil Tax Subsidies Act of 2011)
  • H.R. 612 (West Coast Ocean protection Act of 2011)
  • H.R. 1689 (Big Oil Welfare Repeal Act of 2011)
  • H.R. 2030 (Green Infrastructure for Clean Water Act of 2011)
  • H.R. 5241 (BP Deepwater Horizon Disaster Inquiry Commission Act of 2010)
  • H.R. 5248 (No New Drilling Act of 2010)
  • H.R. 5358 (Florida Coastal Protection Act of 2010)
  • H.R. 5506 (Oil Pollution Environmental Review Act of 2010)
  • H.R. 5513 (Spilled Oil Royalty Collection Act of 2010)
  • H.R. 5634 (Offshore Drilling Safety Improvement Act of 2010)
  • H.R. 5644 (End Big Oil Tax Subsidies Act of 2010)
  • H.R. 21 (“Oceans-21” of 2009)
  • H.R. 81 (Shark Conservation Act of 2009)
  • H.R. 204 (Northern California Ocean and Coastal Protection Act of 2009)
  • H.R. 556 (Southern Sea Otter Recovery and Research Act of 2009)
  • H.R. 2192 (Climate Change Safeguards for Natural Resources Conservation Act of 2009)
  • H.R. 2685 (Climate and Ocean Research and Coordination Act of 2009)
  • H.R. 3644 (Ocean, Coastal and Watershed Education Act of 2009)
  • H.R. 3650 (Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Amendments Act of 2009)
  • H.R. 3888 (Clean Cruise Ship Act of 2009)