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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 36)
Clinton, Tennessee, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Kelly Francis
m. 2014)
EducationUniversity of Pennsylvania (BS)
Georgetown University (MPP)
Net worth$50.1 million (2018)[1]
WebsiteOfficial 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 as 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.

Before serving in the House of Representatives, Hollingsworth was 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., as a silent partner.[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

2016 campaign

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]

2018 campaign

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.

Hollingsworth has promised to serve no more than eight years (four terms) in the House.[14] Government reform, including creating Congressional term limits, has been a priority for him in Congress. In both the 115th and 116th Congress, Hollingsworth introduced a resolution to amend the Constitution to impose term limits on Congressional lawmakers.[15] The measure would limit Congressional terms to four terms in the House of Representatives and two terms in the Senate.[16]

The second focus of Hollingsworth's government reform proposal is 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.[17]

The third component of Hollingsworth's government reform efforts is spending reform. He believes short-term budgeting wastes taxpayer dollars and therefore has consistently voted against short-term spending bills.[18]


In December 2017, Hollingsworth voted for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.[19]

Committee assignments

Political positions

Domestic issues

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.[20] "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."[21] 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."[22]

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.[23]

International issues


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.[24]

Immigration and refugees

On June 27, 2019, Hollingsworth voted to send $4.6 billion in aid funding to the southern border.[25]


Hollingsworth voted for three resolutions in the House of Representatives disapproving of President Trump’s arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE.[26]

Social issues


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.[27][28][29] The Indiana State Department reported that Indiana saw a decline in abortions compared to the prior year.[30] He supports requiring health care providers to notify parents if their underage child seeks an abortion.[31]

The American Conservative Union has given him a lifetime congressional rating of 88%.


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.”[32]

Electoral history

Indiana's 9th congressional district election, 2016[33]
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[34]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Trey Hollingsworth 153,271 56.5%
Democratic Liz Watson 118,090 43.5%
Turnout 271,361

Personal life

Hollingsworth married Kelly Francis in 2014.[35] They have a son, born in 2017.[36] They reside in Jeffersonville, Indiana.


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  2. ^ "Biography". Retrieved December 10, 2019.
  3. ^ "Our Founder, Joe Hollingsworth Jr". Retrieved October 17, 2019.
  4. ^ "Trey Hollingsworth for Congress – rich carpetbagger or breath of fresh air?". Retrieved November 8, 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Yoder, Hollingsworth locked in tight battle". Retrieved November 8, 2016.
  6. ^ "Attorney General Greg Zoeller Joining Congressional Race | News". Indiana Public Media. July 15, 2015. Retrieved July 9, 2016.
  7. ^ Evans, Tim (April 30, 2016). "East Tennessee native Trey Hollingsworth for Congress in Indiana – rich carpetbagger or breath of fresh air?". Retrieved July 9, 2016.
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  12. ^ "US Sen. Warren endorses Watson for 9th District". Hoosier Times. June 26, 2018.
  13. ^ Costello, Becca (January 14, 2019). "Liz Watson To Lead Congressional Progressive Caucus Center". Indiana public media.
  14. ^ Elizabeth Beilman, News and Tribune. "U.S. Rep. Trey Hollingsworth introduces term limits bill".
  15. ^ Nam, Rafael (January 7, 2019). "GOP rep unveils resolution seeking congressional term limits". TheHill. Retrieved December 30, 2019.
  16. ^ Hollingsworth, Trey (January 3, 2019). "H.J.Res.14 - 116th Congress (2019-2020): Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to limit the number of terms that a Member of Congress may serve to four in the House of Representatives and two in the Senate". Retrieved December 30, 2019.
  17. ^ Homan, Timothy R. (February 12, 2019). "GOP lawmaker introduces bill to stop revolving door". TheHill. Retrieved December 30, 2019.
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  19. ^ Almukhtar, Sarah (December 19, 2017). "How Each House Member Voted on the Tax Bill". The New York Times. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
  20. ^ Romero, Dennis (April 14, 2020). "Indiana congressman says he's willing to let more Americans die to save economy". NBC News. Retrieved April 15, 2020.
  21. ^ Herrick, John (April 14, 2020). "Trey Hollingsworth: We have to get Americans back to work". WIBC (FM). Retrieved April 15, 2020.
  22. ^ LeBlanc, Paul. "GOP congressman says letting more Americans die of coronavirus is lesser of two evils compared to economy tanking". CNN. Retrieved April 15, 2020.
  23. ^ Bomber, Max. "Q&A: Meet Trey Hollingsworth, running for the 9th Congressional District - |". The Statehouse File. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
  24. ^ Boyle, John (August 16, 2019). "Jeffersonville steel manufacturer now excluded from trade restrictions". News and Tribune. Retrieved December 24, 2019.
  25. ^ "H.R.3401 Actions Overview". Library of Congress. Retrieved December 24, 2019.
  26. ^ Larison, Daniel (July 18, 2019). "The House Rejects Arms Sales And Rebukes Trump's Bogus 'Emergency'". The American Conservative. Retrieved December 24, 2019.
  27. ^ Hollingsworth, Trey (July 10, 2017). "Representative Trey Hollingsworth Facebook Post, 7/10/17". Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  28. ^ Indiana State, Department of Health (June 30, 2017). "2016 Terminated Pregnancy Report" (PDF). Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  29. ^ Department of Health, Indiana State (June 30, 2016). "2015 Terminated Pregnancy Report" (PDF). Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  30. ^ Saliby, Sophia. "Hollingsworth Sparks Controversy Over Planned Parenthood Comments". ndiana Public Media. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
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  32. ^ Lange, Kaitlin. "GOP Rep. Hollingsworth of Indiana joins Democrats in rebuking Trump's transgender military ban". IndyStar.
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  34. ^ "Indiana's 9th congressional district election, 2018". Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  35. ^ "Garden and Glitz". Charleston Style & Design Magazine. Retrieved October 15, 2018.
  36. ^ "Rep. Hollingsworth Welcomes First Child - Roll Call". Retrieved October 15, 2018.

External links

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)
Preceded by
Clay Higgins
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Pramila Jayapal
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