Officials say Holley had a stroke over the weekend. Portsmouth Sheriff Bill Watson confirmed the news Wednesday morning.
Watson says the former mayor had the stroke during a fundraiser on Saturday.
Paramedics rushed Holley to Maryview Medical Center in Portsmouth.
Since then, he's moved to DePaul Medical Center in Norfolk.
That hospital will not release any information about his condition. But, we do know he is in intensive care.
Holley was mayor of Portsmouth twice - most recently, serving until a recall election forced him out in 2010.