On Monday October 17, 2011 US Congressman Rush Holt of NJ 12th. District held a Town Hall meeting in Lawrenceville, NJ. The following is approximately 105 unabridged minutes of the town Hall Meeting where Congressman Holt answered many questions on several relevant topics to those in his district.
Rush Holt, 62, is a resident of Hopewell Township, N.J. Born in West Virginia, he inherited his interest in politics from his parents. His father was the youngest person ever elected to the U.S. Senate, at age 29. His mother served as Secretary of State of West Virginia and was the first woman to hold that position.
Rep. Holt earned his B.A. in Physics from Carleton College in Minnesota and completed his Master’s and Ph.D. at NYU. He has held positions as a teacher, Congressional Science Fellow, and arms control expert at the U.S. State Department where he monitored the nuclear programs of countries such as Iraq, Iran, North Korea, and the former Soviet Union. From 1989 until he launched his 1998 congressional campaign, Holt was Assistant Director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, the largest research facility of Princeton University and the largest center for research in alternative energy in New Jersey. He has conducted extensive research on alternative energy and has his own patent for a solar energy device. Holt was also a five-time winner of the game show “Jeopardy.” In February 2011, Holt beat Watson, IBM's computer system in a simulated round of Jeopardy at an event to promote innovation.
As a special note I earned a BSEE from Pratt Institute in NYC in 1983 and worked at Princeton Plasma Physics Labs from 1983 until 1986.
You can learn more about Congressman Holt at holt.house.gov/