Steve is not a politician; he's a regular guy who knows what it’s like to work hard. He’s a retired Army Lt. Colonel
who grew up on a dairy farm. He’s a middle-class family man of Native American heritage who has seen rural Americans left behind, while women and marginalized citizens are under attack. He’s a business owner with a finance background who knows how to make a positive change for us.
Steve lives where you live. He works how you work. He serves how you serve. He knows the issues you face; he’ll fight for solutions that help everyone, not just a select few.
Steve Holden has a unique combination of life experiences that position him to understand The Lake District’s challenges, and the education and skills to meet the needs of its residents. He knows rural life; he knows Army life; he knows leadership; he knows commitment; he knows compromise; he knows finance. He knows how to work hard and get things done.
Steve was born and raised in Oklahoma, where his dad worked on Modoc Nation lands; he spent most of his childhood days with his mom and three sisters on his grandfather’s dairy farm. Like a lot of rural kids, Steve was a member of 4H and the FFA (Future Farmers of America), and while in middle and high school, he played baseball, soccer, and football.
During his senior year of high school, Steve was the captain of his debate team, where he learned how to research important topics of the day and speak persuasively about them. He went to college in his hometown and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice while serving in the National Guard and awaiting a commission in the U.S. Army. He served a total of 22 years, including four deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan; he was on the team that captured Saddam Hussein and was later awarded three Bronze Stars. He retired as an Army Finance Corps Lieutenant Colonel.
While a Captain in the Army, Steve went to Syracuse University and earned double master’s degrees: an MBA from the Martin J. Whitman School of Management and a MPA (masters of public administration) from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.
While in Syracuse, he met the love of his life, his wife Julie, who is a proud child of a veteran and a union father who worked for GM and her mom, a local government employee. Julie served in the Army too, and is Steve’s partner in life and in love.
When they married, they created a blended family and together raised three children to adulthood, one of whom currently serves as a Staff Sergeant in the USAF Reserves.
Steve is now the CFO of an organization that helps military veterans receive government contracts. He's a musician (guitar, keyboards, you-name-it-he-plays-it!). He also teaches finance and mergers and acquisitions to federal government employees.
The Holden family’s ties to New York span centuries when E.F. Holden moved to Syracuse in the mid-1800s. E.F. Holden eventually created Syracuse University’s second academic building, the Holden Observatory.