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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By next January, that number could change. ___ MAKING HISTORY The night could witness a generational change in Congress and herald in a number of barrier-breaking officeholders. Ken Thomas, The Seattle Times, "WHAT TO WATCH: After turbulent campaign, it’s up to voters," 7 Nov. 2018 The legislative investigation Hill's concerns about due process have opened an additional rift between him and other top GOP officeholders. Kaitlin Lange, Indianapolis Star, "Curtis Hill scandal threatens his future — and stability in Indiana Statehouse," 8 July 2018 Michele Swers The big thing about 1992 and now is that 1992 starts this trend where most of the candidates coming in and the officeholders coming in are Democratic women. Li Zhou, Vox, "The striking parallels between 1992’s “Year of the Woman” and 2018, explained by a historian," 2 Nov. 2018 And military veterans who are now Democratic officeholders -- including Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth, Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton and former Missouri secretary of state Jason Kander -- condemned Nicholson in a letter. Eric Bradner, CNN, "Wisconsin Senate candidate says furor over comment about Democratic veterans is 'fake outrage'," 12 May 2018 Jeff Linder, who held the same House seat several years earlier, supported Messer's bid in 2003, making phone calls on his behalf and using his clout as the former officeholder to set up meetings with precinct officials. Tony Cook, Indianapolis Star, "Luke Messer didn’t disclose DUIs when he replaced lawmaker killed by drunk driver," 19 Apr. 2018 To this point, GOP officeholders have paid little price for defying their voters’ preferences on fiscal policy. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Red-State Teachers Just Scored a Victory That Could Transform the GOP," 23 May 2018 And while some prominent Republicans in the state, like former Senator John E. Sununu, remain vocal Kasich defenders, few sitting officeholders have made a point of consistently challenging Mr. Trump. Matt Flegenheimer, New York Times, "John Kasich Is Back in New Hampshire. It’s Not for the Foliage.," 4 Apr. 2018 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

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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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