Hoekstra picked for ambassador to Netherlands

Pete Hoekstra
A March 8, 2016 AP file photo of former U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra in Lansing.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Former U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra has been tapped to be the United States’ next ambassador to the Netherlands.

The White House announced President Donald Trump’s intention to nominate Hoekstra to the position in a Monday release.

Hoekstra was born in the Netherlands and came to West Michigan when he was 3. He now lives in Holland with his family.

A Republican, he served in Congress between 1993 and 2011, chairing the House Committee on Intelligence from 2004 to 2007. He has degrees from Hope College and the University of Michigan and worked at Herman Miller for 15 years.

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, released this statement praising the president’s intention to nominate Hoekstra:

“The administration made a wise decision by picking Pete, with his long-established Dutch roots and heritage. He is exceptionally qualified and will make a tremendous ambassador. Pete’s always had a passion for public service and a way of connecting with people that will continue the fruitful relationship we’ve long-enjoyed with The Netherlands.

“We look forward to seeing him at our annual Tulip Time Festival in Holland, Michigan – a community where he is deeply loved and respected. I look forward to working with Pete in his new capacity and urge the U.S. Senate to confirm him as soon as they are able.”

U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland, released this statement in support of Hoekstra:

“I want to congratulate my colleague, mentor, and friend Pete Hoekstra on his nomination to become our nation’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. 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.”