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  • Full Name: Joseph Howard Holleman Jr.
  • Served: 1974 - 1991
  • Bio Information: Born in Isle of Wight County, Va., March 6, 1923 Joseph H. Holleman, Jr. is the son of J. Howard Holleman and Bessie (Faircloth) Holleman, both natives of Virginia. His father was a member of the House of Delegates, 1934-1948, and a great-great-great uncle, Joel Holleman, was Speaker of the House, 1842-1844. In 1970 he was appointed Assistant Clerk of the House of Delegates. Prior to this appointment he had served as a committee, enrolling, and minute clerk of the House during sessions of the General Assembly. His initial appointment was enrolling clerk in 1946 and he served in every session, except one, until his retirement. While Clerk he assisted the youth-in- government programs, taking an active part in the American Legion sponsored “Boys State” program. He was instrumental in a House Chamber renovation, the computerizing of the voting system, and the streamlining of the procedures and Rules of the House of Delegates. A graduate of Surry High School, Hargrave Military Academy, and the University of Richmond, he served with the United States Air Force during World War II. He was elected to the Surry Town Council and was chairman of the Surry County Chapter of the American Red Cross, Post Commander of the Surry American Legion, and Master of the Jefferson Lodge, AF&AM. He married firstly, Jane Taylor Scales, daughter of Robert E. and Patty (Taylor) Scales, and secondly, Ann Bryan Higginbotham, daughter of Charles Franklin Bryan and Alberta (Russell) Bryan. Photograph in group pictures for the Sessions of 1946-1952, 1956, 1958, and 1964-1990, in the State Capitol, Richmond. While he was Clerk of the House, the Speakers were JOHN WARREN COOKE and ALBERT LEE PHILPOTT.

*The information within this interactive and searchable application has been researched extensively by the House Clerk’s Office. As with any historical records of this age and breadth, there may be discrepancies and/or inconsistencies within records obtained from a variety of credible sources. Any feedback is encouraged at history@house.virginia.gov.

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