Jack Hoogendyk

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Jack Hoogendyk
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
from the 61st district
In office
January 1, 2003 – December 31, 2008
Preceded by Tom George
Succeeded by Larry DeShazor
Personal details
Born (1955-07-31) July 31, 1955 (age 62)
Kalamazoo, Michigan, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Erin

Jacob "Jack" Hoogendyk (born 31 July 1955) is a Republican politician, a former member of the Michigan House of Representatives and 2012 candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Michigan.

Early life, education, and business career[edit]

Hoogendyk was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He is of Dutch ancestry. He worked as a manager with a Fortune 500 company. He joined Alternatives of Kalamazoo, Pregnancy Care Center as executive director in April 1996. In 2000, Hoogendyk was elected to the Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners. Prior to that, he was on the Portage Zoning Board of Appeals and the Kalamazoo County Public Health Advisory Board.

Michigan House of Representatives[edit]


After redistricting, Jack ran for Michigan's 61st House District in 2002 and defeated Democrat James Houston 57%-43%.[1] In 2004, he won re-election to a second term with 55% of the vote.[2] In 2006, he won re-election to a third term with just 51% of the vote.[3]


Hoogendyk was first elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2002 representing the 61st district, which includes the cities of Portage and Parchment, and the townships of Alamo, Kalamazoo, Oshtemo, Prairie Ronde and Texas.

Hoogendyk is well known for his conservative views on taxes, government spending, family issues, abortion, and affirmative action.[citation needed] Hoogendyk has proposed making English the official language of the State of Michigan. He was twice rated the most conservative member of the Michigan House of Representatives.

In 2006 Hoogendyk was one of a small group of conservatives to lead the fight against legislation to mandate that the state Department of Education administer to all sixth grade girls the vaccine Gardasil as a potential prevention against the risk of Human papillomavirus.[4] Following the defeat of this legislation, no other state has implemented similar legislation.

Campaigns for higher office[edit]

2006 gubernatorial election[edit]

In 2004 he announced his intent to seek the Republican nomination for Governor of Michigan but eventually dropped out of the race to endorse Republican rival Dick DeVos.

2008 U.S. Senate election[edit]

In 2008, the term-limited Hoogendyk announced that he was running in the Republican primary to contest Carl Levin's seat in the U.S. Senate.[5] He was the only Republican on the August 5 primary ballot.[6] Levin won re-election, defeating Hoogendyk 63%-34%.[7]

General election results United States Senate election in Michigan, 2008[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Carl Levin (inc.) 3,038,386 62.7 +2.1
Republican Jack Hoogendyk 1,641,070 33.8 -4.1
Libertarian Scotty Boman 76,347 1.6 n/a
Green Harley Mikkelson 43,440 0.9 +0.1
U.S. Taxpayers Michael Nikitin 30,827 0.6 n/a
Natural Law Doug Dern 18,550 0.4 +0.1
Majority 1,397,316
Turnout 4,848,620
Democratic hold Swing

2010 congressional election[edit]

In March 2010, Hoogendyk announced on his website that he would enter the Republican primary in Michigan's 6th congressional district against incumbent Republican U.S. Congressman Fred Upton. Upton defeated him 57%-43%, winning every county in the district.[9][10]

2012 congressional election[edit]

In 2011, Hoogendyk met with the Club for Growth, a fiscally conservative 501(c)4 organization, about running against Upton in 2012.[10] Upton has received criticism for not being conservative enough from Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, FreedomWorks, Right to Life of Michigan, and the Southwest Michigan Tea Party Patriots.[11] He announced his candidacy on January 17, 2012.[12] He was not able to unseat Upton and ultimately lost the primary with 33% of the vote. The election was held on August 7, 2012. Had Hoogendyk won the Republican primary, he would have faced Democrat Mike O'Brien in the general election.[13] Upton was ultimately re-elected.

Personal life[edit]

He has been married to Erin since April 4, 1976, has five children and as of June 2012 had eleven grandchildren. He moved to Wausau, Wisconsin in June 2013 to become the Executive Director of Hope Life Center, www.hopewi.org.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "MI State House 061 Race - Nov 05, 2002". Our Campaigns. Retrieved February 21, 2012. 
  2. ^ "MI State House 061 Race - Nov 02, 2004". Our Campaigns. Retrieved February 21, 2012. 
  3. ^ "MI State House 061 Race - Nov 07, 2006". Our Campaigns. Retrieved February 21, 2012. 
  4. ^ "2006 Senate Bill 1416: Mandate HPV vaccine for sixth grade girls (House Roll Call 1393)". Michigan Votes. Retrieved February 21, 2012. 
  5. ^ Gray, Kathleen (2008-01-21). "2 in GOP poised to challenge Levin". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 2008-03-16. (Subscription required (help)). 
  6. ^ "2008 Official Michigan Primary Candidate Listing". Miboecfr.nictusa.com. Retrieved 2010-04-29. 
  7. ^ "MI US Senate Race - Nov 04, 2008". Our Campaigns. Retrieved February 21, 2012. 
  8. ^ Staff (November 5, 2008). "United States Senate election in Michigan, 2008". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on November 12, 2008. 
  9. ^ "MI District 06 - R Primary Race - Aug 03, 2010". Our Campaigns. Retrieved February 21, 2012. 
  10. ^ a b Toeplitz, Shira (November 2, 2011). "Club for Growth Encouraging Upton Primary Challenger". Roll Call. Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
  11. ^ Samuelsohn, Darren; DoBias, Matt (January 11, 2012). "Fred Upton still faces arrows from the right". Politico. Retrieved February 21, 2012. 
  12. ^ Devereaux, Brad (January 17, 2012). "Jack Hoogendyk announces bid for Congress at Kalamazoo event". Mlive.com. Retrieved February 21, 2012. 
  13. ^ Coeman, Zak (23 April 2012). "Democrat Campaigns for House". Western Herald. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  14. ^ "Former Michigan State Rep. Jack Hoogendyk plans to maintain local presence despite move to Wisconsin". 

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