of·​fice·​hold·​er | \ ˈä-fəs-ˌhōl-dər How to pronounce officeholder (audio) , 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
Recent Examples on the Web But as an officeholder in the area going back to his days as a Dennis Township Committee member in the early 1990s, Van Drew has wide name recognition — enhanced by Trump's support for him, expressed at a raucous rally in the district last month. Emma Hagedoorn, Washington Examiner, "Despite switch to GOP, Jeff Van Drew hasn't gone full MAGA," 11 Feb. 2020 Yet as Utah’s response shows, there may be limits to how far even a Republican state and local officeholders are willing to go in following Trump’s nativist brand of politics. Griff Witte, Washington Post, "Trump gave states the power to ban refugees. Conservative Utah wants more of them.," 2 Dec. 2019 Under state law, an officeholder who announces an intention to run for another office with more than 13 months left in his or her current term is deemed to have resigned. Scott Huddleston,, "Bexar County commissioners move a step closer to ousting controversial constable," 2 Oct. 2019 Seldom used in American history, impeachment is the Constitution’s most extreme mechanism for checking a corrupt or out of control officeholder. Nicholas Fandos, New York Times, "Trump Acquitted of Two Impeachment Charges in Near Party-Line Vote," 5 Feb. 2020 For countywide offices in Harris County, the field for the Democratic county sheriff race is crowded, with officeholder Ed Gonzalez drawing two opponents in Jerome Moore and Harry Zamora. John Delapp, Houston Chronicle, "Bay Area features many primary contests," 17 Jan. 2020 And all these new officeholders come with their own individual agendas. Stephanie Ebbert,, "A wave of diversity changes the look of local councils," 7 Jan. 2020 Any retired officeholder can make megabucks for a few years before running for president again — and this creates a legal way for just about anyone with sufficient funds to buy goodwill from a potential future president. Jim Geraghty, National Review, "Joe Biden Gets Paid — a Lot — for Speeches, and He’s Not Middle-Class," 22 July 2019 Trump critics have charged that his hotel properties have put him in violation of the emoluments clause of the Constitution, which says that federal officeholders cannot receive anything of benefit from foreign state officials. Katherine Doyle, Washington Examiner, "Trump Doral hotel benefits from rate spike ahead of his appearance at RNC gathering," 23 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of officeholder

1787, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of officeholder was in 1787

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28 Feb 2020

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“Officeholder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce officeholder (audio) \

Kids Definition of officeholder

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

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