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January 7, 2013

Holding sworn in to represent parts of Edgecombe

TARBORO — Parts of Edgecombe County have a new representative in the U. S. House of Representatives in former United States Attorney George Holding.

Holding was sworn in Thursday and has been assigned to the Judiciary and Foreign Affairs committees.

"Swearing-in day reminds us of the tremendous history that is the United States House of Represen-tatives," Holding said.  "I am both honored and proud to represent my home state of North Carolina as we begin the 113th Congress."

"In past years, our government has spent, taxed, and regulated too much.  As a member of Congress, I am committed to cutting spending, reducing debt, and ending burdensome regulations that hinder economic growth, while also promoting personal responsibility and protecting Constitutional rights."

A native of Raleigh, Holding attended Wake Forest University, earning a BA before earning his law degree at the school.

He is a former legal counsel to U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms and joined the office of the U.S. Attorney in 2002, working under Frank Whitney. When Whitney was appointed to a federal judgeship in June 2006, Holding was nominated as his replacement and was confirmed in September 2006. Holding resigned in 2011 and announced his candidacy for Congress.

The redrawn 13th District included parts of Edgecombe, Wake, Wilson, Wayne, Durham, Nash, Granville, Franklin, and Vance counties. Locally, much of Edgecombe is included in the district, including Macclesfield, Pinetops, Elm City and Sharpsburg. The district also includes a large potion of Tarboro — from Howard Avenue Extended and Howard Avenue east to Main Street. The boundary then follows Main Street/Highway 64 Business to just past McNair Road. The boundary then goes south before taking a jog and following Kingsboro Road west to Powell Road.

Also included is the portion of the county south of Nobles Mill Pond Road to the point where it intersects with Cokey Road (Highway 43).

Holding captured 57 percent of the vote in the November general election to defeat Democrat Charles Malone.

He is one of four new Republican members in the House from

North Carolina, including Rep. Richard Hudson (NC-8), Robert Pittenger (NC-9) and Mark Meadows (NC-11).

Holding’s temporary district office is located at 1300 St. Mary's, Suite 504, 27605 (919) 856-9778. His Washington office is at 507 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, D.C.,

20515, (202) 225-3032 and his website can be found at  http://holding.house.gov.

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