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Trey Hollingsworth

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Trey Hollingsworth
Trey Hollingsworth official photo.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 9th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2017
Preceded byTodd Young
Personal details
Joseph Albert Hollingsworth III

(1983-09-12) September 12, 1983 (age 37)
Clinton, Tennessee, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Kelly Francis
(m. 2014)
EducationUniversity of Pennsylvania (BS)
Georgetown University (MPP)
Net worth$50.1 million (2018)[1]
WebsiteHouse website

Joseph Albert "Trey" Hollingsworth III (/ˈhɒlɪŋzˌwɜːrθ/; born September 12, 1983) is an American businessman and politician who is the U.S. Representative for Indiana's 9th congressional district, serving since 2017. He is a member of the Republican Party. Hollingsworth serves on the House of Representatives Financial Services Committee. Due to that committee assignment, Hollingsworth is the Vice Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship, and Capital Markets and a member of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion.

In addition to serving in the House of Representatives, Hollingsworth is a small-business owner. After college, he began renovating and rehabilitating abandoned industrial sites. In 2008, Hollingsworth partnered with businessmen and chemists to start an aluminum remanufacturing operation in Indiana. As of 2017, that facility has produced over 1.8 billion pounds of aluminum.[2]

With a net worth of $50.1 million, Hollingsworth is the 12th wealthiest member of Congress.[1]

Early life and education

Hollingsworth was born in Clinton, Tennessee. He attended the Webb School in Knoxville, Tennessee, and the University of Pennsylvania, graduating from the Wharton School. After graduating from Wharton, Hollingsworth founded Hollingsworth Capital Partners with his father, Joe Hollingsworth Jr.[3] The company specialized in rebuilding old manufacturing sites and returning them to service. He also founded an aluminum remanufacturing company.[4]

U.S. House of Representatives


Hollingsworth declared his campaign for the United States House of Representatives in Indiana's 9th congressional district in October 2015.[5][6][7] Running in the Republican Party primary election against Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller and State Senators Erin Houchin and Brent Waltz, Hollingsworth won with 34% of the vote.[8] He defeated Democratic nominee Shelli Yoder in the November general election[5] with 54% of the vote.[9] Hollingsworth self-financed his first campaign, personally contributing $3.1 million.[10]

Hollingsworth defeated Democratic nominee Liz Watson in the 2018 midterm elections 59% to 41%.[11] Watson was endorsed by Elizabeth Warren.[12] In 2019, Watson moved to Washington, D.C., to lead the Congressional Progressive Caucus Center.[13]


Hollingsworth was sworn into his first term on January 3, 2017, and his second term on January 3, 2019.

Committee assignment

Political positions

COVID-19 pandemic

In April 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Hollingsworth said he favored ending stay-at-home orders so as to reopen the economy.[14] "The social scientists are telling us about the economic disaster that is going on", he said. "Our GDP is supposed to be down 20% alone this quarter. It is policymakers' decision to put on our big boy and big girl pants and say [more deaths] is the lesser of these two evils. It is not zero evil, but it is the lesser of these two evils and we intend to move forward that direction. That is our responsibility and to abdicate that is to insult the Americans that voted us into office."[15] A statement provided by his office later that day said, "It's hyperbolic to say that the only choices before us are the two corner solutions: no economy or widespread casualties. We can use the best of biology and economics to enable as much of the economy to operate as possible while we work to minimize disease transmission."[16]

Health care

Hollingsworth supports the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). He considers the act government overreach and prefers a private insurance system.[17]


On June 27, 2019, Hollingsworth voted to send $4.6 billion in aid funding to the southern border.[18]

Lobbying reform

Hollingsworth has proposed a lobbying ban for members of Congress. He has introduced the Banning Lobbying and Safeguarding Trust Act, which would ban members of Congress from ever registering as a lobbyist.[19]

Pro-life record

Hollingsworth is anti-abortion, and supports defunding Planned Parenthood. In 2017, he posted on social media a statistic showing that Bloomington, Indiana, had seen an increase in abortions in 2016.[20][21][22] The Indiana State Department reported that Indiana saw a decline in abortions compared to the prior year.[23] He supports requiring health care providers to notify parents if their underage child seeks an abortion.[24]


Hollingsworth has said he believes short-term budgeting wastes taxpayer dollars and has consistently voted against short-term spending bills.[25]


In December 2017, Hollingsworth voted for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.[26]

Term limits

Hollingsworth has promised to serve no more than eight years (four terms) in the House.[27] Government reform, including creating Congressional term limits, has been a priority for him in Congress. In the 115th and 116th Congresses, Hollingsworth introduced a resolution to amend the Constitution to impose term limits on members of Congress.[28] The measure would limit Congressional terms to four terms in the House of Representatives and two in the Senate.[29]


Hollingsworth requested that the U.S. Department of Commerce lift its Section 232 restrictions on POSCO Steel, a Korean steel company with a facility in Jeffersonville, Indiana. The Department of Commerce approved the request.[30]

Transgender rights

Hollingsworth voted to disapprove of President Trump's policy to ban transgender people from openly serving in the military, saying, "the honor of serving our country and protecting American freedoms should be open to anyone who can pass the physical, psychological, and medical exams".[31]


Hollingsworth voted for three resolutions in the House of Representatives disapproving of President Trump's arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE.[32]

2020 election results

In December 2020, Hollingsworth was one of 126 Republican members of the House of Representatives to sign an amicus brief in support of Texas v. Pennsylvania, a lawsuit filed at the United States Supreme Court contesting certain voting procedures during the 2020 presidential election.[33] The Supreme Court declined to hear the case on the basis that Texas lacked standing under Article III of the Constitution to challenge the results of an election held by another state.[34][35][36]

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a statement that called signing the amicus brief an act of "election subversion." She also reprimanded the House members, including Hollingsworth, who supported the lawsuit: "The 126 Republican Members that signed onto this lawsuit brought dishonor to the House. Instead of upholding their oath to support and defend the Constitution, they chose to subvert the Constitution and undermine public trust in our sacred democratic institutions."[37][38]

January 6, 2021 commission

On May 19, 2021, Hollingsworth was one of 35 Republicans who joined all Democrats in voting to approve legislation to establish the January 6, 2021 commission meant to investigate the storming of the U.S. Capitol.[39]

Electoral history

Indiana's 9th congressional district election, 2016[40]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Trey Hollingsworth 174,791 54.1%
Democratic Shelli Yoder 130,627 40.5%
Libertarian Russell Brooksbank 17,425 5.4%
Turnout 322,843
Indiana's 9th congressional district election, 2018[41]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Trey Hollingsworth (incumbent) 153,271 56.5%
Democratic Liz Watson 118,090 43.5%
Turnout 271,361
Indiana's 9th congressional district, 2020[42]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Trey Hollingsworth (incumbent) 222,057 61.8%
Democratic Andy Ruff 122,566 34.1%
Libertarian Tonya Lynn Millis 14,415 4.0%
Turnout 359,038

Personal life

Hollingsworth married Kelly Francis in 2014.[43] They have a son, born in 2017.[44] They reside in Jeffersonville, Indiana.


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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Todd Young
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 9th congressional district

U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
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United States representatives by seniority
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