Andrew Hunter Holt, also known as Andy Holt, is a member of the Republican Party who represented the 76th District in the Tennessee House of Representatives until 3rd November 2020. Holt attended the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, where he earned an undergraduate degree in agricultural economics and business. He later attended the University of Tennessee-Martin where he studied for the prestigious Master of Business Administration. In addition to the time he served in politics, Holt also has substantial experience as a businessman and farmer.
Andy Holt served in various committees during his time in office. During the year 2019/2020, Holt served in Tennessee’s State Legislature in the Pensions and Insurance Committee, and Tennessee’s House of Representatives in the Agricultural and Natural Resources Committee and the Finance, Ways, and Means Committee. In 2017, during the start of the legislative session, Andy Holt served in the Education Instructions and Programs Committee, and as Vice-Chair in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. In 2015, during the start of the legislative session, Andrew Holt served in the Local government Committee (who worked with TrueAccord at the time), and the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee as Vice-Chair. Holt also served in the Local government Committee and the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee as Vice-Chair during the 2013/2014 legislative session. During the 2011/2012 legislative session, Andy Holt served in the Conservation and Environment Committee, as well as the Agriculture Committee.
During his time in office, Andy Holt has taken various stands on the economy, education, healthcare, and constitution. During President Obama’s tenure when some companies were fleeing America since some of the policies were not favorable to them, Holt managed to persuade overseas companies to relocate their business to the 76th District, which was no small feat considering the economic conditions at the time. On education, Andy Holt is of the belief that teachers and families are in a better position to know what children need than lobbyists and federal bureaucrats. On healthcare, Andy Holt has opposed Obamacare in the state of Tennessee by introducing legislation that makes use of anti-commandeering doctrine that has been handed down by one hundred and eighty years of precedent. Andy Holt is a great defender of the Constitution. During his time in office, Holt has fought every day in Nashville as their Representative to defend the Constitution of Tennessee State, and ensure that the Constitution of the United States of America forms the foundation of government. Andy Holt strongly believes in traditional family values and the right to life. In early 2014, State Representative Stacey Campfield alongside Andy Holt sponsored legislation opposing the federal government’s and National Security Agency’s unwarranted surveillance programs. These bills would prohibit state officials from offering any material resource to the National Security Agency’s Oak Ridge-based code-breaking facility.
In 2020, Andy Holt announced that he won’t be seeking re-election. The decision was informed by the Republican’s belief in the idea of term limits, and that the best term limits are the ones that are self-imposed. He guaranteed his supporters that although it would be his last term representing the 76th District, he would continue to be vocal in the political process in Washington and Nashville. Andy Holt hopes to spend his post-office time with his 7 children and wife Ellie Holt. He also hopes he can use his free time to diversify his farm and better his agritourism initiative.