President Trump taps Rep. Hoekstra as new Netherlands ambassador

Jul 25, 2017

Former Michigan Congressman Pete Hoekstra has been nominated by President Donald Trump to be the next ambassador to the Netherlands. White House officials described Pete Hoekstra as a “strong politician” when the announcement was made Monday. The former Michigan Congressman represented Michigan’s second congressional district between 1993 and 2011. Hoekstra, President Trump’s Michigan campaign co-chair during last year’s presidential election, was born in the Netherlands before coming to the United States at age 3 with his parents and settling in Holland. He became a US citizen at age 9.

Representative Bill Huizenga, Michigan’s current 2nd District congressman is supporting the pick by President Trump. Huizenga released this statement:

“Pete's heritage, deep-rooted ties to the Dutch community in West Michigan, and combination of public service and private sector experience make him uniquely qualified to serve as Ambassador to the Netherlands. I cannot think of a better person to further strengthen the relationship between the United States and the Netherlands than Pete Hoekstra.”

The nomination may be somewhat of a political thank you to Hoekstra—President Trump won the state of Michigan by just over 10,000 votes in November. The US Senate must still approve the nomination.