Rep. Rush Holt has represented Central New Jersey in Congress since 1999. A resident of Hopewell Township, NJ, he 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. 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.
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