During his announcement that he would not be running for reelection in the General Assembly of Tennessee, there had not been any challenger who had come forward in the general election or primaries, and he hoped that his successor would continue to keep the will of the constituents above all else. With this acknowledgment, Holt expressed his satisfaction with his work serving his constituents. Not running for reelection in 2020, is a choice that Andy and Ellie Holt had made in advance and were at peace with. Initially, Andy Holt intended on running for state representative for four terms, but he ended up running for five. He dedicated an entire decade of his life to Tennessee’s legislative body, not a moment of which he regrets. His decision was strongly rooted in the idea of term limits for officeholders. It was not informed by a family crisis and was not impulsive, but rather a predetermined outcome when he received his calling.
In light of his and his wife’s decision, Holt hoped that somebody would continue the same prayerful decision-making process that they started a decade ago. Although his service came with a lot of sacrifice for his family, they hoped that a conservative-minded representative would take up the banner and continue representing the 76th district. In his address to people who might be interested in running for office, Andy Holt offered the following advice. Successful service in the General Assembly of Tennessee does not depend on a professional career, prior political experience, sizable net worth, or any other prerequisite. All that a successful leader requires is to possess unshakeable and deeply held convictions and be willing to be bold and serve your constituents. He hoped that his successor would not be the person with the best resume, but rather a state representative who had the most conviction, heart, and readiness to stand alone when needed.
Although Andy Holt will miss his time representing constituents of the 76th District, he is most certainly delighted by the opportunity that a much less-restricted schedule presents for him to spend time with his family and kids. Some of his plans involve engaging in various business ventures, diversifying his present farm. Serving the 76th District for a decade-long period was a truly exciting, humbling, and amazing experience for Holt. He warned that anybody interested in running for State Representative in the area should not get too excited about the news of his departure from office. He promised that he would continue to be part of the political process in Washington and Nashville. Andy Holt, while addressing those rejoicing in his decisions as well as those disappointed that his decision was not a retreat from the political process but rather a decision to reload. Although Andy Holt has left office his legacy and exemplary service will continue to be remembered by the constituents of Tennessee as well as those who are elected to serve. When people hear the name Andy Holt, they will say that that is a man who served his constituents with great honor and conviction, and always spoke the truth even when it meant being at odds with those around him.