Dwight Holton (@RogueDew) served as Oregon’s U.S. Attorney, capping 15 years as a federal prosecutor in Oregon and Brooklyn, New York. He prosecuted hundreds of federal criminal cases, including terrorism and violent crime, narcotics trafficking, fraud and environmental crimes.
After leaving the Department of Justice, Holton took the reins as Chief Executive Officer of Lines for Life, the leading suicide and substance abuse prevention non-profit in the Northwest. Lines for Life helps over 110,000 families a year with its crisis line services, including the Suicide Lifeline, YouthLine, Senior Loneliness Line and work with veterans on the Veterans Crisis Line and Military Helpline. Lines for Life also promotes healthy kids and communities through mental wellness promotion, advocacy and public policy development. Through his work as a prosecutor, Holton learned the importance of early intervention and prevention strategies – and as U.S. Attorney, he launched efforts to improve access to addiction treatment and better mental health services. At Lines for Life, Mr. Holton has led Oregon’s efforts to combat the opioid crisis and has added promoting mental wellness as a priority for the organization.
Since 2002, he has taught classes at Lewis and Clark Northwestern School of Law in Portland.
Holton volunteers at his kids’ public schools, serves on the boards of the Southwest Community Health Center, Salmon Safe, and the Basic Rights Oregon PAC, and supports his kids’ myriad sports teams. Mr. Holton lives in Southeast Portland with his wife, Mary Ellen Glynn, and their children.