District: 2nd District Political Highlights: no previous office, ; U.S. House, 1993-2011 Born: Oct. 30, 1953; Groningen, Netherlands Residence: Holland Religion: Reformed Church in America Family: Wife, Diane Hoekstra; three children Education: Hope College, B.A. 1975; U. of Michigan, M.B.A. 1977 Military Service: None Start of Service: Elected: 1992 (9th term) End of Service: Jan. 3, 2011 Committee Assignments: Education & Labor (Early Childhood, Elementary & Secondary Education; Workforce Protections); Select Intelligence
Defeated by Rick Snyder, R, in gubernatorial primary on August 3, 2010
Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows:
SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat.
FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible.
LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored.
TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge.
TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.