Hillsborough County

Hillsborough County Commissioners

Garden Party


Carol Holden, effectively representing you as County Commissioner since 1997



The job of the county commissioner calls for hands-on service delivery as well as policy-making budget decisions. Carol has diligently served Hillsborough County as a five-time elected Commissioner for District 3 and is the current Vice Chair of the board. Carol has a proven record of leadership and experience that demonstrates her dedication to service. Carol is an experienced conservative leader with the skills needed to effectively represent you at the County level.

Carol's Experience

Carol Holden is the Vice Chairman of the Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners.  In 1997, Carol accepted a panel of Superior Court Judges’ nomination to the post of County Commissioner and resigned her position as Assistant Majority Leader in the NH House of Representatives.  She has won reelection five times to serve as District 3 County Commissioner.  For six years (1997-2003), Carol was an officer of the New Hampshire Association of Counties (NHAC).  In addition, she is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Counties (NACo) and is President of National Conference of Republican County Officials (NCRCO).

During Carol’s thirteen years (1984-1997) of service in the NH House, she chaired the Children, Youth and Juvenile Justice Committee; and co-chaired the Constitutional and Statutory Revision Committee. She authored numerous election laws during her tenure in the House.  Her other elected offices include Delegate to the 1984 Constitutional Convention and Amherst School District Moderator (1990-present).

Commissioner Holden has been active member of the Republican Party. Some of the positions she has held include:

Some of Commissioner Holden’s community activities include:

Carol Holden grew up in Needham, MA. She received her B.A. degree in Political Science from Trinity College (D.C.) and her M.A.T degree in Political Science from Boston College.  She has been a secondary school teacher, a volunteer coordinator, and a political office holder. The Commissioner’s hobbies are traveling, sailing, giving tennis lessons, reading and cross country skiing.

Carol has been married to her husband Don, a computer security consultant, for forty two years. They have four grown children, three grandsons and one granddaughter. Don and Carol are not empty nesters, as they have a Newfoundland dog and a Maine Coon cat.