John Hollar (politician)

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John H. Hollar is an American lawyer and politician. He has served as the Mayor of Montpelier, Vermont, since 2012.[1]

Hollar was born in Ponca City, Oklahoma in 1960. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Oklahoma in 1982 and a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University in 1989.[2] He worked as a legislative assistant for former U.S. Rep. Mike Synar (D-Okla.) from 1983 until 1989. He moved to Montpelier in 1990.[2] He and his wife, Jennifer Prescott Hollar, a fifth generation resident of Montpelier, have three sons.[2]

A lawyer by profession, Hollar is a partner with Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC, Vermont's largest law firm. He is a registered lobbyist who has represented a wide range of clients in Vermont since 1990. Hollar previously served as the chair of the Montpelier school board from 2002-2010.[2]

Hollar's predecessor, Mayor Mary Hooper, declined to seek re-election in 2012.[1] Hollar was initially elected Mayor of Montpelier in the uncontested 2012 mayoral election on March 6, 2012.[1] He was re-elected in 2014, defeating challenger Gwen Hallsmith by a margin of 66 to 34 percent, and was re-elected again in 2016 in an uncontested race.


  1. ^ a b c "Hollar elected Montpelier mayor". WCAX-TV. 2012-03-06. Retrieved 2013-06-29. 
  2. ^ a b c d "John Hollar to run for mayor of Montpelier". Vermont Business Magazine. 2011-12-20. Retrieved 2013-06-29.