|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Indiana's 9th district
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2017
|Preceded by||Todd Young|
Joseph Albert Hollingsworth III
September 12, 1983
Clinton, Tennessee, U.S.
Kelly Francis (m. 2014)
|Residence||Jeffersonville, Indiana, U.S.|
|Education||University of Pennsylvania (BS)|
Georgetown University (MPP)
|Net worth||$50.1 million (2018)|
Joseph Albert "Trey" Hollingsworth III // (born September 12, 1983) is an American businessman and politician who is the U.S. Representative for Indiana's 9th congressional district, serving since 2017. He is a member of the Republican Party. Hollingsworth serves as the Vice Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship, and Capital Markets and a member of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion.
Before serving in the House of Representatives, Hollingsworth was a small-business owner. After college, he began renovating and rehabilitating abandoned industrial sites. In 2008, Hollingsworth partnered with businessmen and chemists to start an aluminum remanufacturing operation in Indiana. As of 2017, that facility has produced over 1.8 billion pounds of aluminum.
Hollingsworth was born in Clinton, Tennessee. He attended the Webb School in Knoxville, Tennessee, and the University of Pennsylvania, graduating from the Wharton School. After graduating from Wharton, Hollingsworth founded Hollingsworth Capital Partners with his father, Joe Hollingsworth Jr., as a silent partner. The company specialized in rebuilding old manufacturing sites and returning them to service. He also founded an aluminum remanufacturing company.
Hollingsworth declared his campaign for the United States House of Representatives in Indiana's 9th congressional district in October 2015. Running in the Republican Party primary election against Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller and State Senators Erin Houchin and Brent Waltz, Hollingsworth won with 34% of the vote. He defeated Democratic nominee Shelli Yoder in the November general election with 54% of the vote. Hollingsworth self-financed his first campaign, personally contributing $3.1 million.
Hollingsworth defeated Democratic nominee Liz Watson in the 2018 midterm elections 59% to 41%. Watson was endorsed by Elizabeth Warren. In 2019, Watson moved to Washington, D.C. to lead the Congressional Progressive Caucus Center.
Hollingsworth was sworn into his first term on January 3, 2017, and his second term on January 3, 2019.
Hollingsworth has promised to serve no more than eight years (four terms) in the House. Government reform, including creating Congressional term limits, has been a priority for him in Congress. In both the 115th and 116th Congress, Hollingsworth introduced a resolution to amend the Constitution to impose term limits on Congressional lawmakers. The measure would limit Congressional terms to four terms in the House of Representatives and two terms in the Senate.
The second focus of Hollingsworth's government reform proposal is a lobbying ban for members of Congress. He has introduced the Banning Lobbying and Safeguarding Trust Act, which would ban members of Congress from ever registering as a lobbyist.
The third component of Hollingsworth's government reform efforts is spending reform. He believes short-term budgeting wastes taxpayer dollars and therefore has consistently voted against short-term spending bills.
Hollingsworth requested that the U.S. Department of Commerce lift its Section 232 restrictions on POSCO Steel, a Korean steel company with a facility in Jeffersonville, Indiana. The Department of Commerce approved the request.
On June 27, 2019, Hollingsworth voted to send $4.6 billion in aid funding to the southern border.
Hollingsworth voted for three resolutions in the House of Representatives disapproving of President Trump’s arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
Hollingsworth is pro-life. He supports defunding Planned Parenthood. In 2017, Hollingsworth posted on social media a statistic showing that Bloomington, Indiana had seen an increase in abortions in 2016. The Indiana State Department reported that Indiana saw a decline in abortions compared to the prior year. He supports requiring health care providers to notify parents if their underage child seeks an abortion.
The American Conservative Union has given him a lifetime congressional rating of 88%.
Hollingsworth voted to disapprove of President Trump’s policy to ban transgender people from openly serving in the military, saying “the honor of serving our country and protecting American freedoms should be open to anyone who can pass the physical, psychological, and medical exams.”
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| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 9th congressional district
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| United States Representatives by seniority
|115th||Senate: J. Donnelly • T. Young||House: P. Visclosky • A. Carson • L. Bucshon • T. Rokita • S. Brooks • L. Messer • J. Walorski • J. Banks • T. Hollingsworth|
|116th||Senate: T. Young • M. Braun||House: P. Visclosky • A. Carson • L. Bucshon • S. Brooks • J. Walorski • J. Banks • T. Hollingsworth • J. Baird • G. Pence|