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Phone: 202-225-4401

Address: 1217 LHOB, DC 20515

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Phone: (616) 414-5516

Address: One South Harbor Avenue, Grand Haven MI 49417

Grandville MI

Phone: (616) 570-0917

Fax: (616) 570-0934

Address: 4555 Wilson Avenue SW, Grandville MI 49418

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Bill Huizenga Biography
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  • Elected: 2010, 2nd term.
  • District: Michigan 2
  • Born: Jan. 31, 1969, Zeeland
  • Home: Zeeland
  • Education:

    Calvin Col., B.A. 1991.

  • Professional Career:

    Realtor, 1991-96; aide, Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich., 1997-2002; admin., Zeeland Christian Schools, 2009-10; owner, Huizenga Gravel.

  • Political Career:

    MI House, 2002-08.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Christian Reformed

  • Family: Married (Natalie); 5 children

Republican Bill Huizenga was elected in 2010 to succeed his friend and former boss, Rep. Pete Hoekstra. He upholds the staunch conservatism of his western Michigan district and has been even further to the right on fiscal issues than Hoekstra. Read More

Republican Bill Huizenga was elected in 2010 to succeed his friend and former boss, Rep. Pete Hoekstra. He upholds the staunch conservatism of his western Michigan district and has been even further to the right on fiscal issues than Hoekstra.

Huizenga (HIGH-zen-guh) grew up in Zeeland, Mich., and minus a few short absences, he has lived there all of his life. His grandparents were farmers who started a gravel business by selling the leftover sand and stone that was lying around the farm. In high school, Huizenga was an inattentive student who ultimately transferred to vocational school. But his instructors told him he had academic potential and advised him to finish his studies and go on to college. Huizenga took the advice, studying political science at Calvin College. Between his freshman and sophomore years, he made his first real estate investment: With money saved from working in his father’s gravel pit, he became the junior stakeholder with his father and two other investors in a 19-unit housing development. As a young adult, Huizenga also indulged his love of travel, taking trips around the world. Once, during anti-government unrest just before the fall of the Berlin Wall, he was chased by riot police and dogs at a pro-democracy rally in Prague.

After college, Huizenga worked for a local real estate firm and took over as co-owner in the family business, Huizenga Gravel. Hoekstra offered him a job in his district office, and he became Hoekstra’s director of public policy. After six years, he decided to run for public office himself, winning a seat in the Michigan House in 2002. He was reelected twice and served a term as chairman of the Commerce Committee.

When Hoekstra decided to run for Michigan governor in 2010, the real contest for his House seat in the heavily Republican district was the GOP primary. In the seven-way race, former pro-football tight end Jay Riemersma, also of Zeeland, raised $850,000 to Huizenga’s $553,000. Huizenga touted his conservative credentials, saying he supported conservative proposals for a “flat tax,” which would replace the income tax with a 23% sales tax, and to create private Social Security accounts. He also ran as an anti-abortion rights candidate. Riemersma, the former regional director for the Family Research Council, also ran as an anti-abortion and fiscal conservative. He tried to weaken Huizenga’s claims by attacking him for voting for a state business tax in 2007.

Still, Huizenga managed to eke out a victory with a better political organization, built largely on the many contacts he had made among local political and business leaders during his six years on Hoekstra’s staff. He prevailed by just 663 votes out of about 106,000 cast. In the general election, he faced nominal Democratic opposition from history professor Fred Johnson.

In the House, Huizenga won notice for his facility with Congress’ inner workings in contrast to other freshmen. Washington Post conservative blogger Jennifer Rubin said admiringly in January 2011 that he “seems to understand how to advance aggressive goals without being aggressive or off-putting.” He has been a rock-solid fiscal conservative. After opposing the New Year’s Day 2013 budget deal aimed at averting the so-called “fiscal cliff” of tax hikes and deep spending cuts, he called for providing block grants for Medicare and Medicaid to states while re-examining who qualifies for Social Security. In addition to sharing many fiscal views with Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, Huizenga often joins Ryan in grueling P90X fitness workouts.

Huizenga took up Hoekstra’s longtime crusade against Federal Prison Industries, contending that it takes away work from small businesses because of its access to cheap labor. On the Financial Services Committee, he worked on ways to lessen the impact of the Dodd-Frank financial regulation law on businesses. He got a bill into law in December 2012 giving taxpayers and businesses who submit information to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau the same confidentiality protection that other financial regulators are required to provide.

In contrast to his earlier race, Huizenga had little trouble winning reelection. He beat write-in Democratic candidate Willie German, Jr., and three minor-party challengers with 61% of the vote.

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Bill Huizenga Election Results
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2012 General
Bill Huizenga (R)
Votes: 194,653
Percent: 61.16%
Willie German, Jr. (D)
Votes: 108,973
Percent: 34.24%
Mary Buzuma (Lib)
Votes: 8,750
Percent: 2.75%
2012 Primary
Bill Huizenga (R)
Votes: 58,170
Percent: 100.0%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (65%)
Bill Huizenga Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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2013 2012 2011
Economic 10 (L) : 88 (C) 15 (L) : 81 (C) - (L) : 90 (C)
Social - (L) : 87 (C) - (L) : 91 (C) 17 (L) : 74 (C)
Foreign 24 (L) : 68 (C) 43 (L) : 54 (C) 16 (L) : 75 (C)
Composite 15.2 (L) : 84.8 (C) 22.0 (L) : 78.0 (C) 15.7 (L) : 84.3 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC10066
LCV911
CFG9091
ITIC-83
NTU8887
20112012
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ACLU-0
ACU9296
ADA05
AFSCME0-
Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Find AG in contempt
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
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