Obion County native leading supercommittee
Posted: Monday, November 21, 2011 7:01 pm
Obion County native Josh Holly is applying his experience as a Washington, D.C., lobbyist to head up a four-member supercommittee task force at the Podesta Group.
Holly and the Podesta Group are working with the 12-member supercommittee, a Congressional panel created to identify $1.5 trillion that can be cut from the federal budget.
The federal supercommittee has been holding hearings on the federal budget as it works toward a Wednesday deadline to submit its recommendations on where to make the cuts in the federal budget.
Holly recently completed a six-year stint at the House Armed Services Committee before joining The Podesta Group in June.
Holly’s career in Washington, D.C., includes serving as communications director for the House Armed Services Committee and working closely with the House Republican leadership.
“Whether clients need defense or budget expertise, national media contacts or innovative advocacy strategies, then need look no further than Josh Holly,” The Podesta Group’s website states. “Leveraging a vault of distinguished experience in the hall of Congress, Josh has the know-how — and know-who — to deliver results.”
The Podesta Group’s website bio on Holly goes on to state he has a wealth of experience in such areas as national security, defense, budget, media relations, education and workforce issues.
“He also draws upon a solid background in government acquisition policy to support clients interested in building or expanding their presence in the federal marketplace,” the website states. “Josh has had a seat at the table for many of the major national security debates and decisions of the past decade, from the military surge in Iraq to the nation’s ongoing efforts in Afghanistan. Josh has worked on six successive National Defense Authorization Acts.”
Holly is a 1993 graduate of Obion County Central High School and is the son of Joyce Holly and Junior Holly, both of Troy. He and his wife, Kelly Holly, who works at the Pentagon, have a 2-year-old son Richard Cobb Coleman Holly. They live in Arlington, Va.
He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in public administration and served as the president of the National Capital Chapter of the University of Tennessee Alumni Association.
Holly currently serves as the public relations director of Phi Gamma Delta international fraternity.
Holly is not the only Obion County connection with the Podesta Group. Kimberley Fritts, the firm’s CEO, is the granddaughter of Faye Richie of Union City.
Published in The Messenger 11.21.11