Pete Hoekstra

Pete Hoekstra REPRepublican

United States Ambassador to the Netherlands

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Pete HoekstraREPRepublican United States Ambassador to the Netherlands
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Cornelis Piet "Pete" Hoekstra (born October 30, 1953) is a Dutch-American politician who served as the United States Ambassador to the Netherlands from January 10, 2018, to January 17, 2021. A member of the Republican Party, he previously served as the U.S. representative for Michigan's 2nd congressional district from 1993 to 2011. Born in the Netherlands, Hoekstra immigrated to the United States as a child. In 1992, Hoekstra ran for the U.S. House, defeating thirteen-term incumbent Guy Vander Jagt in the Republican primary and Democratic opponent John H. Miltner in the general election. Hoekstra was the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee from 2004 to 2007. He was a candidate for governor in Michigan's 2010 gubernatorial election, but came in second to Rick Snyder in the Republican primary. Hoekstra was also a candidate for the United States Senate in 2012, losing to Democratic incumbent Debbie Stabenow in the general election. In July 2017, Hoekstra was nominated to be United States Ambassador to the Netherlands by President Donald Trump. This nomination was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on November 9, 2017, and Hoekstra was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador on December 11, 2017. He took office on January 10, 2018.

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Education6 - 6 of 4
University of Michigan
Master of Business Administration
Hope College
Bachelor of Arts
Ross School of Business
Holland Christian High School
Past Positions1 - 4 of 4
United States House of Representatives
1992 - 2010
Senior Advisor
Dickstein Shapiro Limited Liability Partnership
2011 - Current
Visiting Distinguished Fellow
Heritage Foundation
2011 - Current
Vice President
Marketing Division, Herman Miller Incorporated
1977 - 1992
Other Experience1 - 16 of 16
Christ Memorial Church
1998 - Current
National Association of Manufacturers
Values Action Team
Education Freedom Caucus
Congressional Caucus on The Netherlands
House Republican Task Force, Historically Black College and Universities
Education Reform Caucus
Congressional Pro-Life Caucus
Congressional Prayer Caucus
Republican Study Committee
Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus
Congressional Family Caucus
Congressional Diabetes Caucus
Bipartisan Congressional Bike Caucus
Congressional Manufacturing Caucus
National Republican Congressional Committee