David Holt was born and raised in Oklahoma City. The son of a teacher and a social worker, Holt has had family in Oklahoma City for the better part of a century. He graduated from Putnam City Schools before receiving his B.A. from George Washington University and his law degree from Oklahoma City University.
Holt served in the White House and then for five years as chief of staff to Mayor Mick Cornett before serving the last seven years in the Oklahoma Senate, representing parts of Northwest Oklahoma City. Holt has authored over 70 pieces of legislation that have become law, and he has been a champion in the Senate for increased teacher pay, better public schools, more government transparency, protections for domestic violence victims, and higher voter participation. He has received the “Sunshine Award” from Freedom of Information Oklahoma, the “Guardian Award” from the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women, the “Child Abuse President Award” from Parent Promise, the “Bulldog Award” from the Oklahoma District Attorneys Council, and a Governor’s Art Award, among others.
Holt is the author of “Big League City: Oklahoma City’s Rise to the NBA,” which chronicles Oklahoma City’s recent renaissance. He has served on numerous community boards, including the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, Allied Arts, the Oklahoma City Arts Council, the Oklahoma City Public Schools Foundation, the Putnam City Public Schools Foundation, the Ralph Ellison Foundation, and Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park, among many others. The OKC Friday paper recently named him “OKCityan of the Year.”
Holt directs investor relations, marketing and public relations for a family-owned investment company. David and his wife Rachel, an Assistant Attorney General, have two children, George and Margaret. The Holts are members of St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church. Holt is also a member of the Osage Nation.