About a decade ago, Andy Holt was offered an opportunity that he thought highly unlikely. When he was twenty-eight years old, Holt felt an undeniable calling from the Lord to run for Tennesse State Representative and won against difficult odds. Andy Hold does not credit himself with the win that allowed him to the office or the subsequent 4 elections. Instead, he believes that it was through the faith that the hardworking people of Northwest Tennessee placed in him that was responsible for his victory. When Andy Holt first ran for office, he was a political unknown. Few people had any idea of the name Andy Holt. Nevertheless, Tennessee folks showed unwavering and continued support to Holt and his family during his decade-long time in office. Andy Holt says that he still continues to be indebted to the constituents who elected him to office that he was honored to serve, and is still humbled by the trust they placed on him.
When Andy Holt first felt his calling about ten years ago, he knew that his focus was not to be a career politician, but rather to serve the people of Tennessee, and make the state a better place. To a great extent, Andy Holt has been able to live up to these ideals during his time in the General Assembly of Tennessee. He has helped to bring down the tax and regulatory burden experienced by residents of Tennessee while protecting unborn lives. During his time in office, Andy Holt has also emboldened and restored constitutional freedoms and provided more opportunities for parents to select the educational path that is most appropriate for their children. Another legacy he leaves is the successful opposition of the expansion of government in Tennessee, past its intended scope. In many ways, Tennessee is better today than ten years ago when Andy Holt was first elected to office.
Andy Holt has done his best to represent his constituents’ will with every single vote that he has participated in. Although some of Holt’s votes and decisions have not been popular with every constituent that he represented, he has always been open to addressing the complaints and concerns of every constituent that chose to express their dissatisfaction with him personally. As State Representative, Holt was of the conviction that his duty was to be accountable to every constituent regardless of whether they agreed or disagreed with him on issues. A trademark of Andrew Holt during his tenure in office was speaking the truth to his constituents and those in his political party, even when it meant directly telling them that he disagreed with them.