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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Historically, one of the goals of officeholders is to expand the base. Eugene Scott, Washington Post, "Do Trump’s Twitter typos and grammar errors actually endear him to his base?," 22 May 2018 But others say the system is much bigger than one person, noting some of the controversial endorsements came from local party committees that have remained loyal to former officeholders. NBC News, "Rhode Island Dems in uproar as party seeks to oust three progressive women," 3 July 2018 The Democratic Party’s incumbent officeholders are much more white and male than its voters. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Ocasio-Cortez Proved That ‘Identity Politics’ Is an Asset For Berniecrats," 27 June 2018 Groups like the Club for Growth on the right or on the left will invest in one or such challenges against centrist officeholders, while promoting them nationally as referendums on centrist politicians in general. Robert Boatright, Washington Post, "Here’s what we’ve learned from the U.S. congressional primaries so far," 5 June 2018 Every officeholder who raises money is potentially at risk. Rod Blagojevich, WSJ, "I’m in Prison for Practicing Politics," 28 May 2018 But mostly, candidates are exploiting their biographies and touting their endorsements from local officeholders, who can serve as guideposts for voters who don’t know the candidates. New York Times, "What Is That Crowd? It’s the Field of Candidates. Now Pick One.," 1 June 2018 Since then, the hotel has become a political hotspot, frequented by Trump administration officials and Republican officeholders, who can be spotted in the building’s Benjamin Bar or dining at the in-house restaurant, according to news reports. Allie Morris, San Antonio Express-News, "Patrick spends time at Trump International Hotel during visit to White House," 29 Jan. 2018 The field was all white men: former legislators, officeholders and businessmen, some with decades of political experience and others positioning themselves as outsiders challenging the establishment. Ben Nadler,, "Democrats nominate the first black woman for governor in Georgia," 23 May 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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