Bill Huizenga

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Bill Huizenga
Bill Huizenga, Official Portrait, 112th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 2nd district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Preceded by Pete Hoekstra
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
from the 90th district
In office
January 1, 2003 – January 1, 2009
Preceded by Wayne Kuipers
Succeeded by Joseph Haveman
Personal details
Born (1969-01-31) January 31, 1969 (age 45)
Zeeland, Michigan
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Natalie Huizenga
Children Garrett, Adrian, Alexandra, William, Sieger
Residence Zeeland, Michigan
Alma mater Calvin College (B.A.) in Political Science
Occupation small business owner
Religion Christian Reformed
Website huizengaforcongress.com

William P. Huizenga[1] (born January 31, 1969) is an American politician who has been the U.S. Representative for Michigan's 2nd congressional district since 2011. He is a member of the Republican Party. He previously served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 2003 to 2009.

Early life, education, and career[edit]

Huizenga is the current co-owner and operator of Huizenga Gravel Company, a third generation business located in Jenison, Michigan. He has been affiliated with it for most of his life.[citation needed]

In the early 1990s, Huizenga obtained his Michigan Real Estate sales license, and he quickly became one of the most successful realtors in southwest Michigan.[citation needed] He left real estate in 1996 when he was recruited by U.S. Congressman Peter Hoekstra to be his Director of Public Policy. For six years, from 1996 through 2002, Huizenga traveled up and down western Michigan becoming familiar with the various towns and cities, and eventually decided to run for political office.

Michigan legislature[edit]

Starting with his first election in 2002, Huizenga represented the 90th district for three terms, by winning re-election in 2004 and 2006. After the 2006 election he was term limited. The district is located in Ottawa County and includes the cities of Holland, Zeeland, Hudsonville, and the four townships of Blendon Township, Jamestown Township, Holland Township, and Zeeland Township.

Bill Huizenga voted for the initial version of the Michigan Business Tax, but opposed the 22% surcharge and a sales and services tax later in the process.[2]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Elections[edit]

2010

Huizenga is the U.S. Representative for Michigan's 2nd congressional district, defeating Democratic nominee Fred Johnson in the general election. 64% of the ballots were cast for Huizenga, and 32% were cast for Johnson.[3] The district is rated "Solid Republican" by The New York Times,[4] and simply marked as an "Open Seat" according to The Washington Post,[5] though it hasn't elected a Democrat since 1964.

After serving 18 years, Republican incumbent Peter Hoekstra retired to run for the Republic nomination in in the 2010 Michigan Gubernatorial race. Hoekstra failed to win the nomination and then, in 2012, ran for the US Senate and was defeated by incumbent Debbie Stabenow. Huizenga defeated Jay Riemersma, State Senator Wayne Kuipers, Businessman Bill Cooper, and three others in the party primary election on August 3, 2010.[6]

2012

In 2012, Huizenga was reelected to the U.S. House, defeating Willie German Jr. of the Democratic Party, Mary Buzuma of the Libertarian Party, Ronald Graeser of the U.S. Taxpayers Party and William Opalicky of the Green Party.

Committee assignments[edit]

Legislation[edit]

On September 28, 2013, Huizenga introduced the Mortgage Choice Act of 2013 (H.R. 3211; 113 Congress), a bill that would direct the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to amend its regulations related to qualified mortgages to reflect new exclusions made by this bill.[7][8]

Political positions and votes[edit]

Huizenga has served as his church's representative to Michigan Right to Life for the last 9 years. Huizenga has been endorsed for the 2010 general election by a number of groups including the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Chamber of Commerce, The NRA, NFIB, Right to Life, FRC, The National Association of Realtors, The Young Guns Vanguard and the Michigan Farm Bureau.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Huizenga and his wife have five children and live in Zeeland.

Huizenga was the recipient of the West Michigan chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association’s 2000 Advocate of the Year Award, the Michigan Manufacturers Association 2003 Advocate of the Year award, the Michigan Manufacturers Association 2005 Legislator of the Year Award, the Michigan Hotel and Motel Association 2007 Tourism Legislator of the Year award, the DADS and MOMS of Michigan 2007 Legislator of the Year Award, and the Michigan Aggregates Association 2007 Legislator of the Year Award. In 2007, he was the only political leader chosen by the Holland Sentinel newspaper for their "40 under 40″ feature.

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Jay Riemersma criticizes Bill Huizenga's 2007 Vote, Jim Harger, Grand Rapids Press, October 12, 2009
  3. ^ http://www.hollandsentinel.com/news/2ndcongressional/x4794968/Huizenga-joins-red-tide
  4. ^ Michigan 2nd District Race Profile New York Times. August 23, 2010.
  5. ^ Campaign 2010: Congressional Races
  6. ^ Bill Huizenga edges out former NFL player Jay Riemersma by less than 700 in race for Congress Roelofs,Ted. The Grand Rapids Press. August 4, 2010.
  7. ^ "CBO - H.R. 3211". Congressional Budget Office. Retrieved 9 June 2014. 
  8. ^ "H.R. 3211 - Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved 9 June 2014. 
  9. ^ [2], Bill Huizenga, Huizenga for Congress Campaign Website, September 29, 2010

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External links[edit]

Articles
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Pete Hoekstra
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 2nd congressional district

January 3, 2011 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Tim Huelskamp
R-Kansas
United States Representatives by seniority
305th
Succeeded by
Randy Hultgren
R-Illinois