Doug Holder agrees to settle ethics case
Doug Holder


Former state Rep. Doug Holder will pay $6,500 in civil penalties to resolve an ethics complaint that he filed “inaccurate” financial disclosures in 2010-14.

The Sarasota County Republican agreed to the settlement, which was disclosed by the Florida Commission on Ethics on Wednesday. The deal still must be approved by commissioners at their Dec. 8 meeting.

Holder, 50, served in the House 2006-14 and ran unsuccessfully in 2016 to succeed GOP state Sen. Nancy Detert, losing to fellow Republican Greg Steube. Holder is now a lobbyist.

He admitted to filing inaccurate financial disclosures and later filed corrected disclosures, according to the filing. Holder also “acknowledged a $20,000 loan” he had failed to report as a liability.

The complaint was filed last year after the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and others raised questions about Holder’s disclosure forms.

In part, “during his 2015 divorce, Holder listed among his debts five ‘unsecured promissory’ notes totaling $212,000 owed to his father that never were included on his financial disclosures,” the paper reported.

Jim Rosica

Jim Rosica is the Tallahassee-based Senior Editor for Florida Politics. He previously was the Tampa Tribune’s statehouse reporter. Before that, he covered three legislative sessions in Florida for The Associated Press. Jim graduated from law school in 2009 after spending nearly a decade covering courts for the Tallahassee Democrat, including reporting on the 2000 presidential recount. He can be reached at [email protected]


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