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Bill Huizenga

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Bill Huizenga
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan
Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Preceded byPete Hoekstra
Constituency2nd district (2011–2023)
4th district (2023–present)
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
from the 90th district
In office
January 1, 2003 – January 1, 2009
Preceded byWayne Kuipers
Succeeded byJoseph Haveman
Personal details
William Patrick Huizenga

(1969-01-31) January 31, 1969 (age 55)
Zeeland, Michigan, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Natalie Huizenga
(m. 1993)
EducationCalvin University (BA)
WebsiteHouse website

William Patrick Huizenga (/ˈhzɪŋɡə/ HY-zing-gə; born January 31, 1969) is an American politician serving as the U.S. representative for Michigan's 4th congressional district, serving in Congress since 2011. The district, numbered as the 2nd district from 2011 to 2023, covers much of the southwestern corner of the state, including Kalamazoo, Holland and Battle Creek.

A member of the Republican Party, Huizenga served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 2003 to 2009.[1]

Early life[edit]

Born to a family of Dutch Americans, Huizenga is the co-owner and operator of Huizenga Gravel Company, a family business in Jenison, Michigan. In the early 1990s, he worked in real estate. He left real estate in 1996, becoming an aide to U.S. Representative Pete Hoekstra.

Michigan House of Representatives[edit]

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

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

U.S House of Representatives[edit]



After serving 18 years, Republican incumbent Peter Hoekstra retired to run for the Republican nomination for governor. Huizenga defeated Jay Riemersma, State Senator Wayne Kuipers, businessman Bill Cooper, and three others in the Republican primary election—the real contest in this heavily Republican district—on August 3, 2010.[3] Huizenga defeated Democratic nominee Fred Johnson, 64% to 32%.[4] The district was rated "Solid Republican" by The New York Times.[5] The district and its predecessors have been in Republican hands for all but four years since 1873, and without interruption since 1935.


Huizenga was reelected, defeating Democratic nominee Willie German Jr., Mary Buzuma of the Libertarian Party, Ronald Graeser of the U.S. Taxpayers Party and William Opalicky of the Green Party.[citation needed]


Huizenga was reelected, defeating Democratic nominee Dean Vanderstelt, Ronald Welch of the Libertarian Party and Ronald Graeser of the U.S. Taxpayers Party.[citation needed]


Huizenga was reelected, defeating Democratic nominee Dennis Murphy, Erwin Haas of the Libertarian Party, and Matthew Brady of the Green Party.[6]


Huizenga was reelected, defeating Democratic nominee Rob Davison and Ronald Graeser of the U.S. Taxpayers Party.[citation needed]


Huizenga was reelected, defeating Democratic nominee Bryan Berghoef, Max Riekse of the Libertarian Party, Gerald Van Sickle of the U.S. Taxpayers Party, and Jean-Michel Creviere of the Green Party.[citation needed]


For his first six terms, Huizenga represented much of Lake Michigan's eastern shore and many of Grand Rapids's suburbs, including Muskegon, Holland, Kentwood, and Grand Haven. However, redistricting after the 2020 census saw the district significantly redrawn. It was renumbered as the 4th district and pushed well to the south. It picked up Kalamazoo and Battle Creek while losing Muskegon, all of its share of Kent County and much of its share of Ottawa County. In the process, the district lost its connection to longtime Congressman Guy Vander Jagt, who represented the district (then numbered as the 9th) from 1967 to 1993.

The reconfigured district included much of the territory of the Kalamazoo-based 6th district, represented by 18-term incumbent and fellow Republican Fred Upton. Upton opted to retire, effectively handing the Republican nomination to Huizenga.[7] The new 4th was no less Republican than the old 2nd, and Huizenga easily won a seventh term.


In December 2020, Huizenga was one of 126 Republican members of the House of Representatives to sign an amicus brief in support of Texas v. Pennsylvania, a lawsuit filed at the United States Supreme Court contesting the results of the 2020 presidential election, in which Joe Biden defeated[8] incumbent Donald Trump. The Supreme Court declined to hear the case on the basis that Texas lacked standing under Article III of the Constitution to challenge the results of an election held by another state.[9][10][11]

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a statement that called signing the amicus brief an act of "election subversion." She also reprimanded Huizenga and the other House members who supported the lawsuit: "The 126 Republican Members that signed onto this lawsuit brought dishonor to the House. Instead of upholding their oath to support and defend the Constitution, they chose to subvert the Constitution and undermine public trust in our sacred democratic institutions."[12][13]

As of January 2022, Huizenga has voted with President Biden's stated position roughly 14% of the time.[14]

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

Political positions[edit]

Huizenga voted against the Respect for Marriage Act codifying Loving v. Virginia and Obergefell v. Hodges, recognizing marriages across state lines regardless of "sex, race, ethnicity, or national origin of those individuals."[19]

Personal life[edit]

Huizenga and his wife have five children and live in Holland. He attends Haven Christian Reformed Church in Zeeland.[20]


  1. ^ "Representative William Patrick Huizenga (Bill) (R-Michigan, 2nd) – Biography from LegiStorm".
  2. ^ Jim Harger, Jay Riemersma criticizes Bill Huizenga's 2007 Vote, Grand Rapids Press, October 12, 2009.
  3. ^ Roelofs, Ted. "Bill Huizenga edges out former NFL player Jay Riemersma by less than 700 in race for Congress", The Grand Rapids Press, August 4, 2010.
  4. ^ "Huizenga joins red tide - Holland, MI - the Holland Sentinel". Archived from the original on 2011-06-14. Retrieved 2010-11-20.
  5. ^ Michigan 2nd District Race Profile Archived August 3, 2010, at the Wayback Machine New York Times. August 23, 2010.
  6. ^ "Michigan". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 2022-10-21.
  7. ^ Nann Burke, Melissa; LeBlanc, Beth (April 5, 2022). "'This is it for me': Upton plans to retire from U.S. House, won't face Huizenga in primary". The Detroit News. Retrieved April 5, 2022.
  8. ^ Blood, Michael R.; Riccardi, Nicholas (December 5, 2020). "Biden officially secures enough electors to become president". AP News. Archived from the original on December 8, 2020. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
  9. ^ Liptak, Adam (2020-12-11). "Supreme Court Rejects Texas Suit Seeking to Subvert Election". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on December 11, 2020. Retrieved 2020-12-12.
  10. ^ "Order in Pending Case" (PDF). Supreme Court of the United States. 2020-12-11. Archived (PDF) from the original on December 11, 2020. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
  11. ^ Diaz, Daniella. "Brief from 126 Republicans supporting Texas lawsuit in Supreme Court". CNN. Archived from the original on December 12, 2020. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
  12. ^ Smith, David (2020-12-12). "Supreme court rejects Trump-backed Texas lawsuit aiming to overturn election results". The Guardian. Retrieved 2020-12-13.
  13. ^ "Pelosi Statement on Supreme Court Rejecting GOP Election Sabotage Lawsuit" (Press release). Speaker Nancy Pelosi. December 11, 2020. Archived from the original on August 14, 2022. Retrieved December 13, 2020.
  14. ^ Bycoffe, Aaron; Wiederkehr, Anna (22 April 2021). "Does Your Member Of Congress Vote With Or Against Biden?". FiveThirtyEight. Retrieved 17 January 2022.
  15. ^ "Member List". Republican Study Committee. Archived from the original on 1 January 2019. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  16. ^ "Members". Congressional Constitution Caucus. Archived from the original on 14 June 2018. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  17. ^ "MEMBERS". RMSP. Retrieved 2021-03-01.
  18. ^ "Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute".
  19. ^ Bobic, Igor (July 19, 2022). "These 157 House Republicans Voted Against Protections For Same-Sex Marriage". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2022-07-20.
  20. ^ Bill Huizenga: ‘A good Christian Reformed Dutchman, and a little Irish’

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from Michigan's 2nd congressional district

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from Michigan's 4th congressional district

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