Scott Holcomb

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Scott Holcomb
Member of the Georgia House of Representatives for the 81st district
Assumed office
January 10, 2011
Preceded by Elena Parent
Personal details
Born (1972-11-02) November 2, 1972 (age 44)
New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Kathleen Oh
Alma mater University of Connecticut
West Virginia University
University of Georgia
Website Official website
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1998–2004
Rank Captain
Unit J.A.G. Corps

Scott Holcomb (born November 2, 1972) is an American politician, attorney, and Army veteran where he served as a labor counselor, military prosecutor, and international law attorney.[1] A member of the Democratic Party, he represents District 81 in the Georgia House of Representatives, which includes portions of Dekalb and Gwinnett counties.[2]

He was named one of Georgia's Top 40 Under 40 by Georgia Trend Magazine, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Truman National Security Project.[3] He has also been affiliated with HOPE Atlanta, the Georgia Perimeter College Foundation, and the Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network.

Holcomb has taught at the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Tech, and has appeared on CNN, NPR, and BBC.[4]

Education and career[edit]

Holcomb earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Connecticut, a J.D. from West Virginia University, and a MBA from the University of Georgia.[4]

In 2004, Holcomb was selected for the prestigious Marshall Memorial Fellowship from the German Marshall Fund of the United States.[1] As an American Marshall Memorial Fellow, he traveled throughout the European Union meeting with Members of the European Parliament, Ambassadors from throughout Europe and Member State National Leaders, forming a broader perspective on foreign policy and bilateral relations between United States and the EU.

Military career[edit]

Holcomb served in the Army JAG Corps, deploying overseas for Bosnia, Afghanistan, and Iraq.[5][6][7] He wrote about his experiences in an article that was published by the Chicago Journal of International Law.[8] He also co-authored an article about the need to update the laws of war in the Christian Science Monitor.[9]

Law career[edit]

Holcomb worked at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP and The Holcomb Law Firm, LLC, which has since been renamed and expanded as Holcomb + Ward, LLP.[4][10] His legal background covers securities litigation and enforcement, representing investment companies, investment advisers and broker-dealers. He also provides legal services to individuals for securities matters with a focus on regulatory enforcement.[1]

Legislative career[edit]

In 2006 Holcomb lost the Democratic primary for Secretary of State.

Georgia House of Representatives, 2011–present[edit]

In 2010, Holcomb ran unopposed as a Democrat for a Georgia House of Representatives seat that was unexpectedly vacated by his predecessor, who announced his retirement a few days after qualifying to run for reelection. Holcomb was reelected in 2012 following a redistricting that combined his district with that of another Democrat, Georgia House District 81. He has since retained the seat for 3 terms, and will serve a 4th term after winning the 2016 election. Holcomb served as Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus.[5] He serves as a member on the Defense & Veterans Affairs, Higher Education, Juvenile Justice, and Public Safety and Homeland Security committees.[4]


In 2016, Holcomb sponsored and championed a bipartisan bill to enforce the collection, testing and reporting of medical kits for victims of sexual assault, in spite of strong opposition by Georgia State Senator Renee Unterman. Holcomb supports juvenile justice reform, deepening the Port of Savannah, and encouraging more students to graduate from high school and college.[11]

Holcomb is considered a rising star in the Georgia Democratic Party and is often mentioned as a possible candidate for statewide or federal office in the not too distant future.[12][13][14]

Personal life[edit]

Holcomb is married to Kathleen Oh, with whom he has two children.[4] He enjoys running marathons and completed Iron Man Florida.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "Sutherland's Scott Holcomb Awarded Marshall Memorial Fellowship". Eversheds Sutherland. December 9, 2004. Retrieved 30 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "Georgia 81st District State House Results: Scott Holcomb Wins". New York Times. February 10, 2017. Retrieved 30 March 2017. 
  3. ^ "Interview with Georgia State Representative Scott Holcomb". The Georgia Political Review. April 26, 2013. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Rep. Scott Holcomb" (PDF). Georgia House of Representatives. Retrieved September 6, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Hackle, Al (August 5, 2013). "Democrats see fortunes turning in Georgia". Effingham Herald. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  6. ^ ""View from the Legal Frontlines" by M. Scott Holcomb". Retrieved March 20, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Target Selection at CFLCC: A Lawyer's Perspective" (PDF). Field Artillery Journal. March 20, 2016. Retrieved March 20, 2016. 
  8. ^ ""View from the Legal Frontlines" by M. Scott Holcomb". Retrieved March 8, 2016. 
  9. ^ Holcomb, Scott; Ribbing, Mark. "War has changed. The laws of war must, too.". Christian Science Monitor. ISSN 0882-7729. Retrieved March 12, 2016. 
  10. ^ "The Holcomb Law Firm | Criminal & Civil Trials, Arbitrations, & Regulatory Matters". Retrieved February 29, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Interview with Georgia State Representative Scott Holcomb". Georgia Political Review. April 26, 2013. Retrieved September 6, 2013. 
  12. ^ Mimms, Sarah (May 2, 2013). "Holcomb Considering Ga. Senate, Gubernatorial Bids". National Journal. Retrieved September 6, 2013. 
  13. ^ Hackle, Al (August 5, 2013). "Democrats see fortunes turning in Georgia". Effingham Herald. Retrieved September 6, 2013. 
  14. ^ "The rising political stars of Georgia". MSNBC. Retrieved February 29, 2016. 

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