Tim Holden, Chairman of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB), today assumes his role as Chairman of the Board of the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association (NABCA).
Holden has a career in public service and was first nominated to the PLCB by Governor Tom Corbett on June 14, 2013. He was unanimously confirmed by the state Senate on Nov. 13, 2013. Governor Tom Wolf named him chairman of the PLCB on Feb. 17, 2015 and Mr. Holden was nominated to a second term by Governor Wolf on May 18, 2016. He was unanimously confirmed by the state Senate on June 29, 2016.
Mr. Holden earned his license as an insurance broker and real estate agent in 1980. He later worked as a probation officer, was sergeant-at-arms for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and served as sheriff of Schuylkill County from 1985 to 1992.
Mr. Holden was a member of Congress for 10 terms. He was a member of the House Agriculture Committee since 1993 and served as vice chairman of that committee in the 110th and 111th Congresses. During this time, he was named chairman of the committee’s Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Energy and Research, and he served on the Livestock, Dairy and Poultry subcommittee. In the 105th Congress, Mr. Holden was appointed to the Transportation and Infrastructure committee.
“As a former congressman, Tim has a career of public service and his nature is to reach an outcome that benefits as many stakeholders as possible while keeping the needs of the participants in mind,” said Neal Insley, NABCA president and CEO. “Tim listens to all sides and offers thoughtful responses. He is well-traveled and has the ability to forge relationships with anyone, regardless of their background or ideology. While NABCA and its members may have different missions, Tim understands the need to listen, collaborate and use each other’s strengths to achieve positive outcomes for our members,” added Insley.
Mr. Holden has been serving on the NABCA Board of Directors since his appointment to the PLCB and has been involved in several of the association’s committees including Finance, Governance, Public Affairs, Chairman’s Task Force, Internal Affairs and Pension Plan Trustees committees, to list a few.
“As one of 18 control systems across the United States, the PLCB and our national colleagues have been shaped by our own experiences and local priorities and interests. We share in common this control model, which has a rich history and foundation when the 21st Amendment permitted states to regulate beverage alcohol based on their citizen’s needs,” said Holden. “This influence from our past and how we move forward in the future is the impetus for my theme — Power of the Past, Forces of the Future — as this year’s NABCA chairman.”
Control Systems represent 24.7%of the nation’s population and account for approximately 23%of distilled spirits sales.
Mr. Holden completed his education at Bloomsburg University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology. He and his wife, Gwen, live in St. Clair, PA.