Jim Holden: Candidate for Judge, Boone County Superior Court 2
Photos by Melissa Lawson
Jim Holden recently announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination for the office of Judge of Boone County Superior Court 2 in the May 6 primary. The incumbent, Judge Rebecca McClure, is retiring.
Jim and his wife, Kristina, are long-time residents of Zionsville and the parents of two-year-old twins, Dane and Kaitlyn. Jim is a graduate of Indiana University–Bloomington and Indiana University School of Law–Indianapolis (now the Robert H. McKinney School of Law).
Jim’s career has been spent in public service. He began his legal career as a deputy attorney general in the office of Attorney General Steve Carter. In this role, Jim gained extensive trial experience handling hundreds of cases on behalf of Indiana consumers. Many of Jim’s cases received high-profile media attention, including the case of Dr. Mark Weinberger, which was featured on syndicated television shows such as America’s Most Wanted and CNBC’s American Greed.
Jim later joined the Daniels’ administration as a deputy insurance commissioner in charge of the enforcement section of the Indiana Department of Insurance. He handled many complex, white-collar crime investigations, including the case of All Star Insurance. This was one of the biggest fraud schemes in department history, resulting in one of the largest civil penalties ever.
Jim has also served the citizens of the State of Indiana as assistant director of the Indiana Lobby Registration Commission and, in his current position, as chief deputy and general counsel in the Office of the Indiana State Treasurer.
In addition to Jim’s extensive civilian legal experience, he has more than 10 years of service as a U.S. Army judge advocate, in both the U.S. Army Reserve and the Indiana Army National Guard. Jim was commissioned as a lieutenant shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and currently serves as a major in the 38th Infantry Division, Indiana Army National Guard. As an Army lawyer, Jim has had the honor of providing legal assistance to soldiers and military families both around the country and overseas. He has also served as a military prosecutor.
Since 2003, Jim has been teaching and mentoring the next generation of attorneys and paralegals as an adjunct professor of political science and legal studies at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis. In 2006, he was recognized by the University with the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in teaching. Many of Jim’s former students are now successful attorneys and paralegals.
Active in the community and local politics, Jim has served as president of the Zionsville Redevelopment Authority and as a member of the Zionsville Economic Development Commission. A lifelong Republican, Jim has been a Republican precinct committeeman in Zionsville and has represented Boone County as a member of the State Republican Platform Committee, as a delegate to numerous Republican state conventions, and as an alternate delegate to the 2008 Republican National Convention. Jim also served a four-year term as treasurer of the Boone County Republican Central Committee.
Public service has been a constant theme throughout Jim’s legal career. As a judge, Jim hopes to draw on his civilian and military legal experience to continue this record of service on behalf of the citizens of Boone County.
For more information about Jim’s campaign, visit HoldenForJudge.com.