John Hollar (politician)

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John H. Hollar is an American lawyer and politician. He served as the Mayor of Montpelier, Vermont, from 2012 to 2018.[1]

Hollar was born in Ponca City, Oklahoma in 1960. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Oklahoma in 1982 and a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University in 1989.[2] He worked as a legislative assistant for former U.S. Rep. Mike Synar (D-Okla.) from 1983 until 1989. He moved to Montpelier in 1990.[2] He and his wife, Jennifer Prescott Hollar, a fifth generation resident of Montpelier, have three sons.[2]

A lawyer by profession, Hollar is a partner with Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC, Vermont's largest law firm. He is a registered lobbyist who has represented a wide range of clients in Vermont since 1990. Hollar previously served as the chair of the Montpelier school board from 2002-2010.[2]

Hollar's predecessor, Mayor Mary Hooper, declined to seek re-election in 2012.[1] Hollar was initially elected Mayor of Montpelier in the uncontested 2012 mayoral election on March 6, 2012.[1] He was re-elected in 2014, defeating challenger Gwen Hallsmith by a margin of 66 to 34 percent, and was re-elected again in 2016 in an uncontested race. Hollar declined to run again in 2017, and his mayorship ended in March, 2018.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Hollar elected Montpelier mayor". WCAX-TV. 2012-03-06. Retrieved 2013-06-29.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "John Hollar to run for mayor of Montpelier". Vermont Business Magazine. 2011-12-20. Retrieved 2013-06-29.

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