Trey Hollingsworth

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Trey Hollingsworth
Trey Hollingsworth official photo.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 9th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2017
Preceded byTodd Young
Personal details
Joseph Albert Hollingsworth III

(1983-09-12) September 12, 1983 (age 36)
Clinton, Tennessee, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Kelly Francis (m. 2014)
ResidenceJeffersonville, Indiana, U.S.
EducationUniversity of Pennsylvania (BS)
Georgetown University (MPP)
Net worth$50.1 million (2018)[1]
WebsiteOfficial Website

Joseph Albert "Trey" Hollingsworth III /ˈhɒlɪŋzˌwɜːrθ/ (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.[2]

With a net worth of $50.1 million, Hollingsworth is the 12th wealthiest member of Congress.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

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.[4] The company specialized in rebuilding old manufacturing sites and returning them to service. He also founded an aluminum remanufacturing company.[5]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

2016 campaign[edit]

Hollingsworth moved to Jeffersonville, Indiana in September 2015.[6] He declared his campaign for the United States House of Representatives in Indiana's 9th congressional district in October 2015.[7][8][9] 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.[10] He defeated Democratic nominee Shelli Yoder in the November general election[7] with 54% of the vote.[11] Hollingsworth self-financed his first campaign, personally contributing $3.1 million, which accounted for most of the $3.5 million he raised for the race.[12]

2018 campaign[edit]

Hollingsworth defeated Democratic nominee Liz Watson in the 2018 midterm elections 59% to 41%.[13] Watson was endorsed by Elizabeth Warren.[14] In 2019, Watson moved to Washington, D.C. to lead the Congressional Progressive Caucus Center.[15]


Hollingsworth was sworn into office on January 3, 2017. He has promised to serve no more than eight years (four terms) in the House.[16]

In December 2017, due to a security threat, Hollingsworth canceled a town hall meeting on tax reform.[17]


In December 2017, Hollingsworth voted for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.[18]

Committee assignments[edit]

Political positions[edit]

Domestic issues[edit]

Health care[edit]

Hollingsworth supports the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). He considers the act government overreach and prefers a private insurance system.[19]

International issues[edit]

Immigration and refugees[edit]

Hollingsworth opposes the resettlement of Syrian refugees.[19]

Barack Obama[edit]

In April 2016, Hollingsworth called President Obama's leadership a "failure."[19]

Social issues[edit]


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.[20][21][22] The Indiana State Department reported that Indiana saw a decline in abortions compared to the prior year.[23] He supports requiring health care providers to notify parents if their underage child seeks an abortion.[24]

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.”[25]

Electoral history[edit]

Indiana's 9th congressional district election, 2016[26]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Trey Hollingsworth 174,791 54.1%
Democratic Shelli Yoder 130,627 40.5%
Libertarian Russell Brooksbank 17,425 5.4%
Turnout 322,843
Indiana's 9th congressional district election, 2018[27]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Trey Hollingsworth 153,271 56.5%
Democratic Liz Watson 118,090 43.5%
Turnout 271,361

Personal life[edit]

Hollingsworth married Kelly Francis in 2014.[28] They have a son, born in 2017.[29] They reside in Jeffersonville, IN.


  1. ^ "Ranking the Net Worth of the 115th". Retrieved August 5, 2019.
  2. ^ "Biography". Retrieved December 10, 2019.
  3. ^ "Ranking the Net Worth of the 115th". Retrieved August 5, 2019.
  4. ^ Retrieved October 17, 2019. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "Trey Hollingsworth for Congress – rich carpetbagger or breath of fresh air?". Retrieved November 8, 2016.
  6. ^ Banta, Megan (October 21, 2015). "Trey Hollingsworth, a Republican from Jeffersonville, will seek 9th District seat". Hoosier Times. Retrieved June 6, 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Yoder, Hollingsworth locked in tight battle". Retrieved November 8, 2016.
  8. ^ "Attorney General Greg Zoeller Joining Congressional Race | News". Indiana Public Media. July 15, 2015. Retrieved July 9, 2016.
  9. ^ Evans, Tim (April 30, 2016). "East Tennessee native Trey Hollingsworth for Congress in Indiana – rich carpetbagger or breath of fresh air?". Retrieved July 9, 2016.
  10. ^ "East Tennessee native wins GOP primary for Indiana congressional seat". Retrieved November 8, 2016.
  11. ^ "Indiana U.S. House 9th District Results: Trey Hollingsworth Wins". The New York Times. November 17, 2016. Retrieved November 17, 2016.
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  13. ^ Schneider, Grace (November 6, 2018). "Trey Hollingsworth cruises to win over Liz Watson in Indiana's 9th District". Courier Journal. USA Today Network. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  14. ^ "US Sen. Warren endorses Watson for 9th District". Hoosier Times. 6/26/2018. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  15. ^ Costello, Becca (1/14/2019). "Liz Watson To Lead Congressional Progressive Caucus Center". Indiana public media. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  16. ^ Elizabeth Beilman, News and Tribune. "U.S. Rep. Trey Hollingsworth introduces term limits bill".
  17. ^ Haggerty, Taylor. "Hollingsworth Cancels Town Hall Meeting Over Safety Concerns". News. Indiana Public Media. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
  18. ^ Almukhtar, Sarah (December 19, 2017). "How Each House Member Voted on the Tax Bill". The New York Times. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
  19. ^ a b c Bomber, Max. "Q&A: Meet Trey Hollingsworth, running for the 9th Congressional District - |". The Statehouse File. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
  20. ^ Hollingsworth, Trey (July 10, 2017). "Representative Trey Hollingsworth Facebook Post, 7/10/17". Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  21. ^ Indiana State, Department of Health (June 30, 2017). "2016 Terminated Pregnancy Report" (PDF). Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  22. ^ Department of Health, Indiana State (June 30, 2016). "2015 Terminated Pregnancy Report" (PDF). Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  23. ^ Saliby, Sophia. "Hollingsworth Sparks Controversy Over Planned Parenthood Comments". ndiana Public Media. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
  24. ^ "Trey Hollingsworth on Abortion". On The Issues. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
  25. ^ Lange, Kaitlin. "GOP Rep. Hollingsworth of Indiana joins Democrats in rebuking Trump's transgender military ban". IndyStar.
  26. ^ "Indiana's 9th congressional district election, 2016". Retrieved November 9, 2016.
  27. ^ "Indiana's 9th congressional district election, 2018". Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  28. ^ "Garden and Glitz". Charleston Style & Design Magazine. Retrieved October 15, 2018.
  29. ^ "Rep. Hollingsworth Welcomes First Child - Roll Call". Retrieved October 15, 2018.

External links[edit]

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Todd Young
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 9th congressional district

U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Clay Higgins
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Pramila Jayapal