of·fice·hold·er | \ ˈä-fəs-ˌhōl-dər , ˈȯ- \

Definition of officeholder 

: one holding a public office

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the last officeholder was extremely conscientious about not using public funds for his personal gain

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But the more Trump is embattled, the more nearly all Republican officeholders are likely to come to his outspoken aid, making that sort of distancing impossible, and Pence simply the first among equals in bending the knee to the King. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Actually, Pence’s Toadying Is His Best Shot at Becoming President," 17 May 2018 President Trump won the district by 20 points in 2016, and this close race could spur other Republican officeholders to retire. Doug Criss, CNN, "5 things for March 14: Student walkout, Pennsylvania race, Trump, Stephen Hawking," 14 Mar. 2018 When The Star sent identical records requests to Missouri’s statewide officeholders, only Parson reported blocking anyone on social media or regularly using direct messages to communicate. Tessa Weinberg And Jason Hancock, kansascity, "Greitens, Parson blocked people on social media. Parson says he’s stopping now," 14 June 2018 On the western front, Summer Lee, an African-American lawyer and community organizer, and activist Sara Innamorato, unseated a pair of longtime Democratic officeholders, cousins Paul and Dom Costa. Gregory Krieg, CNN, "Democratic Socialist women score big wins in Pennsylvania," 16 May 2018 No statewide officeholder has been impeached in the state's history, said James Madison, an Indiana University historian. Kaitlin Lange, Indianapolis Star, "Curtis Hill scandal threatens his future — and stability in Indiana Statehouse," 8 July 2018 The two former Republican politicians join Acreage — which holds 35 licenses for cannabis businesses in the United States — as current officeholders vacillate on their support for weed. Jennifer Kaplan,, "William Weld, John Boehner join advisory board of marijuana company," 11 Apr. 2018 The legislation would not affect current officeholders. Ovetta Wiggins, Washington Post, "Ethics committee to review case of Maryland lawmaker accused of helping a fake business for bribes.," 9 Jan. 2018 Public Versus Private Sector Credentials Connecticut Republicans have a habit of picking self-funding CEOs over public officeholders as their nominees. Neil Vigdor,, "Five Key Takeaways From The First GOP Gubernatorial Primary Debate," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of officeholder

1787, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of officeholder

: a person who has an official job or position especially in the government


of·fice·hold·er | \ ˈȯ-fəs-ˌhōl-dər \

Kids Definition of officeholder

: a person who has been elected or appointed to a public position

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