Definition of officeholder in US English:



  • A person who holds public office.

    • ‘While he succeeded in registering millions of black voters - an effort that helped elect scores of black and white Democratic officeholders - it put the White House in GOP hands.’
    • ‘Any further indictments, particularly of key officeholders, on the eve of the session or while lawmakers are in Austin could turn the session on its ear.’
    • ‘More than a few seem glad to imitate the officeholders who want to decide what the public shouldn't know.’
    • ‘In 1996, the Green Party was organized in 10 states, guaranteed a ballot line in just five and had elected 40 officeholders.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, incumbent officeholders, candidates, and aspirants are pragmatic to a fault, and their main concern is with winning elections.’
    • ‘While recognizing these disparities, the commission - largely made up of former officeholders and political appointees - backed away from offending the states' rights crowd.’
    • ‘They also passed a law that public officeholders possess the moral characteristics of ‘piety, justice, moderation, temperance, industry, and frugality.’’
    • ‘Prior to 1972, presidential nominations were awarded by the politicians in both parties - officeholders, state and local organization leaders.’
    • ‘The idea is to prevent the mayor, the council and other officeholders from owing legislative favors to paid lobbyists who went to bat for them at election time.’
    • ‘In 1996, the party had forty elected officeholders and ten organized state parties, only five of those recognized with a ballot line.’
    • ‘The former prosecutor is the only contender among the officeholders who opposes the death penalty, though he has raised the prospect of supporting it for terrorists.’
    • ‘He voiced fear that the only officeholders left would be those ‘who have done nothing in their life except walk the straight and narrow, who have no creative thoughts.’’
    • ‘His passivity was sadly typical of Democratic officeholders, who, confronted with obvious union corruption, too often refuse to act for fear of alienating organized labor.’
    • ‘‘Government is frequently disparaged as an inefficient bureaucratic maze serving the interests of officeholders and time-servers rather than of the public,’ he wrote.’
    • ‘Unlike officeholders, staffers do not vote on public policy.’
    • ‘The fact is the teachers don't know, the administrators don't know, and, too often, the politicians and the officeholders have no clue.’
    • ‘Political parties have operated infrequently in the past, and public officeholders tend to be independents.’
    • ‘He probably helps Republicans as a group but it's not necessarily in the interest of individual Republican officeholders to come under his scrutiny.’
    • ‘He challenged the media to put similar public pressure on those officeholders.’
    • ‘Almost half of GOP officeholders - including the governor, the attorney general, the chief justice and several justices on the Texas Supreme Court - were also clients.’