Jack BergmanJack Bergman – MI1

Current Position: US Representative for MI 1st District since 2017
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Marine Corp from 1969 – 2009

Other Positions:  
Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations- Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

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Unregistered lobbying activity is, in itself, enough to warrant investigation. But lobbying efforts on behalf of the @StimsonCenter raises grave concerns of ongoing foreign government influence operations that undermine our Nation’s legislative process.

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Introducing Rep. Jack Bergman

U.S. Representative Jack Bergman Reacts to Kabul Explosions, President Biden’s Address
9and10news.com, Katie Birecki, Jacob JohnsonAugust 27, 2021 (Short)

Retired U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant General and U.S. Representative Jack Bergman gave 9&10 News his reaction to Thursday’s attacks outside the Kabul airport.

Kabul“Those Marines and Corps Men who were killed yesterday, they did not die in vain,” said Rep. Bergman. “Those of us who sign up to go to the military know we’re going in harms way to protect our citizens both at home and abroad, and we will do the right thing militarily to protect all our citizens.”

He says while the attacks yesterday in Kabul were predictable, they also could have been avoided.

Summary

Current Position: US Representative for MI 1st District since 2017
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Marine Corp from 1969 – 2009

Other Positions:  
Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations- Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

Featured Quote: 
Unregistered lobbying activity is, in itself, enough to warrant investigation. But lobbying efforts on behalf of the @StimsonCenter raises grave concerns of ongoing foreign government influence operations that undermine our Nation’s legislative process.

Featured Video: 
Introducing Rep. Jack Bergman

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U.S. Representative Jack Bergman Reacts to Kabul Explosions, President Biden’s Address
9and10news.com, Katie Birecki, Jacob JohnsonAugust 27, 2021 (Short)

Retired U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant General and U.S. Representative Jack Bergman gave 9&10 News his reaction to Thursday’s attacks outside the Kabul airport.

Kabul“Those Marines and Corps Men who were killed yesterday, they did not die in vain,” said Rep. Bergman. “Those of us who sign up to go to the military know we’re going in harms way to protect our citizens both at home and abroad, and we will do the right thing militarily to protect all our citizens.”

He says while the attacks yesterday in Kabul were predictable, they also could have been avoided.

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About

Jack Bergman 1

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Growing up in the Midwest, Jack Bergman’s parents instilled in him the values that drive the American Dream: If you work hard, never quit, and strive for excellence, you will find success. Those values are what guided him to the rank of Lt. General in the United States Marine Corps, empowered him to successfully own and operate a small business, and allowed him to enjoy a 22-year career as a commercial airline pilot.

The Bergman family roots in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula stretch back to the late 1800’s where his ancestors worked as iron miners. Serving his country in uniform for 40 years, Jack has spent time all around the United States – and world. Nearly three decades ago, Jack and his wife Cindy settled in Watersmeet, on the western edge of Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula.

Jack is a grandfather to eight grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. This has always been one of the largest factors in his service in Congress. When Jack sees what is happening in Washington, he knows that we are not doing our best at leaving our children and grandchildren a better place. From his business to his distinguished military career, and now in Congress – Jack Bergman does not accept the status-quo as an acceptable path forward. Jack is driven by his commitment to serving others. While in the military, he launched two successful startup businesses in the medical equipment field, maintaining an obligation to both his nation and his customers simultaneously. As an entrepreneurial leader focused on mission accomplishment and customer satisfaction, Jack knows how to get things done.

Hard work and commitment made the United States the most exceptional nation in the world. Those are the principles that have guided Jack’s life, and are the principles that he is bringing to Washington. He believes what most Michiganders believe: Americans know how to live their lives better than politicians or bureaucrats do. Jack’s life has been dedicated to service and defending the Constitution. He is the highest ranking combat Veteran to have ever served in the U.S. House. He is shaking up the status quo in both Congress and will continue defending the United States from those who want to weaken it, both domestically and abroad.

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Votes on Bills

Caucuses 

  • Republican Study Committee
  • Climate Solutions Caucus
  • U.S.-Japan Caucus.

Offices

Washington, DC Office
566 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
202-225-4735

Traverse City Office
1396 Douglas Drive, Suite 22B
Traverse City, MI 49696
231-944-7633

Gwinn Office
K.I. Sawyer 125 G Avenue, Suite B
Gwinn, MI 49841
906-273-2227

Manistique Office
7676W County Road 442, Suite B
Manistique, MI 49854
906-286-4191

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Offices

Washington, D.C.
414 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-4735

Traverse City
1396 Douglas Drive, Suite 22B
Traverse City, MI 49696
Phone: 231-944-7633

Gwinn
K.I. Sawyer 125 G Avenue, Suite B
Gwinn, MI 49841
Phone: 906-273-2227

Manistique
7676W County Road 442, Suite B
Manistique, MI 49854
Phone: 906-286-4191

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John Warren “Jack” Bergman (born February 2, 1947) is a retired United States Marine Corps lieutenant general and the U.S. Representative for Michigan’s 1st congressional district. He served as commanding general of the Marine Forces Reserve and the Marine Forces North. He also served as a Naval Aviator, flying rotary-winged aircraft such as the CH-46 and UH-1, as well as fixed-wing aircraft such as the T-28 and KC-130. A Republican, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2016.[1][2]

Early life and education

Bergman was born on February 2, 1947, in Shakopee, Minnesota,[3] and received his undergraduate degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1969.[4] He subsequently earned an M.B.A. degree from the University of West Florida.[5] His formal military education includes Naval Aviation Flight Training, Amphibious Warfare School, Marine Corps Command & Staff College, Landing Force Staff Planning (Marine Expeditionary Brigade [MEB] and Air Command Element [ACE]), Reserve Component National Security and Naval War College Strategy & Policy, Syracuse University National Security Seminar, Combined Forces Air Component Command, LOGTECH, and CAPSTONE.

Military career

Bergman in uniform

After graduating from college, Bergman was a commissioned second lieutenant in the Marine Corps Reserve in 1969[6] under the Platoon Leader School program. He flew CH-46 helicopters with HMM-261 at Marine Corps Air Station, New River, North Carolina, and with HMM-164 in Okinawa, Japan, and the Republic of Vietnam. Assigned as a flight instructor, he flew the T-28 with VT-6, NAS Whiting Field, Florida. He left active duty in 1975 and flew UH-1 helicopters with the Rhode Island National Guard, Quonset Point, Rhode Island.

After a 1978 civilian employment transfer to Chicago, Bergman transferred from the Rhode Island National Guard back to the Marine Corps Reserve, where he served in several 4th Marine Aircraft Wing units at NAS Glenview, Illinois: HML-776, flying the UH-1; VMGR-234, flying the KC-130; and Mobilization Training Unit IL-1. He was selected to stand up the second KC-130 squadron in 4th MAW and in 1988 became the first commanding officer of VMGR-452, Stewart Air National Guard Base (ANGB), Newburgh, New York. From 1992 to 1994 he commanded Mobilization Station, Chicago.

In 1995, he was a special staff officer at Marine Corps Reserve Support Command, Overland Park, Kansas. In 1996, he became chief of staff/deputy commander of I Marine Expeditionary Force Augmentation Command Element, Camp Pendleton, California. In 1997, he transferred to the 4th Marine Aircraft Wing Headquarters, New Orleans, to serve as assistant chief of staff/G-1. Promoted to brigadier general, he became deputy commander of the 4th Marine Aircraft Wing.

Transferred in June 1998 to Headquarters, Marine Forces Europe, Stuttgart, Germany, Bergman served as deputy commander. Recalled to active duty from April to July 1999, he was dual-hatted as EUCOM, Deputy J-3A. He then commanded II Marine Expeditionary Force Augmentation Command Element, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, until assuming command of the 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, New Orleans, Louisiana in August 2000.

In September 2002, Bergman assumed command of the 4th Force Service Support Group, New Orleans, Louisiana. He also served as chairman of the Secretary of the Navy‘s Marine Corps Reserve Policy Board from 2001 to 2003. Returning to active duty in October 2003, he served as director of Reserve Affairs, Quantico, Virginia. He began his final assignment, command of the Marine Forces Reserve/Marine Forces North, on June 10, 2005. He relinquished that command in October 2009 and retired from active duty in December of that year.

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

2016

Bergman won the Republican primary in Michigan’s 1st congressional district in August 2016. He defeated Democratic nominee Lon Johnson and Libertarian nominee Diane Bostow in the November general election.[2] Bergman, who was elected to succeed retiring Republican Representative Dan Benishek, won 55% of the vote to Johnson’s 40% and Bostow’s 4%.[7][8]

The district covers all of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and the northern part of the Lower Peninsula.

Tenure

Bergman assumed office on January 3, 2017. He is a member of the Republican Study Committee, the Climate Solutions Caucus[9] and the U.S.-Japan Caucus.[10]

In June 2017, Bergman was one of the Republican congressmen who were practicing on an Alexandria, Virginia, baseball field for the annual Congressional Baseball Game when James Hodgkinson began shooting at them, harming four people, including Representative Steve Scalise.[11] Afterward, Bergman blamed the incident on anti-GOP rhetoric and the media.[12]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Political positions

Spending and budget

In March 2016, Bergman said that cutting spending would be his top priority in Congress.[15]

In a July 2016 television interview, Bergman said his three top priorities were to “get Congress working together” instead of being preoccupied with partisan division, to “utilize the Constitution”, and to pass a balanced budget amendment.[16]

In March 2021, all House Republicans including Bergman voted against the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, an economic stimulus bill aimed at speeding up the United States’ recovery from the economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing recession.[17]

Healthcare

Bergman opposes the Affordable Care Act and voted to repeal it in May 2017.[18]

Environment

In September 2017, Bergman became the 29th Republican to join the Climate Solutions Caucus. [19]

Bergman voted in favor of the Tribal Coastal Resiliency Act, which would allow the Department of Commerce to award grants to Native American tribes for historical preservation, environmental protection, and climate change mitigation in the Great Lakes.[20][21]

Military

Bergman sided with President Trump on barring transgender individuals from the military.[22]

2020 presidential election

After Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election and Trump refused to concede, Bergman announced he would oppose the confirmation of the Electoral College‘s vote in Congress.[23]

In December 2020, Bergman was one of 126 Republican members of the House of Representatives to sign an amicus brief in support of Texas v. Pennsylvania, a lawsuit filed at the United States Supreme Court contesting the results of the 2020 presidential election, in which Biden defeated[24] Trump.[25]

In January 2021, Bergman announced his intention to object to the certification of the Electoral College results.[23][26]

Awards and decorations

Bergman’s military awards include:

Medals and ribbons

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Bronze star
Bronze star

Silver star

Bronze star
Bronze star

Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star

Bronze star

Naval Aviator BadgeOffice of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge
Distinguished Service Medal (US Navy)[27]Defense Meritorious Service MedalAir Medal w/ Valor device and Strike/Flight numeral “1”Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Navy Unit CommendationNavy Meritorious Unit Commendation w/ 2 bronze service starsSelected Marine Corps Reserve Medal w/ 1 silver service starNational Defense Service Medal w/ 2 bronze service stars
Vietnam Service Medal w/ 3 bronze campaign starsGlobal War on Terrorism Service MedalNavy & Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon w/ 1 bronze service starArmed Forces Reserve Medal w/ gold Hourglass Devices
Vietnam Gallantry Cross w/ bronze starVietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation w/ bronze laurel leaf palm emblemVietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation w/ bronze laurel leaf palm emblemVietnam Campaign Medal w/ silver date bar

Personal life

Bergman lives in Watersmeet, on the western edge of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, with his wife Cindy.[28] They have ten grandchildren.

References

  1. ^ Livengood, Chad (January 14, 2016). “Retired U.P. Marine files for GOP congressional primary”. Detroitnews.com. Retrieved April 12, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Gibbons, Lauren (August 2, 2016). “Jack Bergman victorious in 1st Congressional District Republican primary”. MLive. Retrieved August 3, 2016.
  3. ^ “Guide to the New Congress” (PDF). Roll Call. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
  4. ^ “Roll Call Member Profile – Rep. Jack Bergman, R-Mich”. Roll Call. Retrieved March 11, 2021.
  5. ^ “Jack Bergman”. Ballotpedia. Retrieved February 19, 2021.
  6. ^ Bergman, Jack. “Service Is Always Greater Than Self”. Rippon Society. Retrieved March 11, 2021.
  7. ^ “Michigan U.S. House 1st District Results: Jack Bergman Wins”. The New York Times. November 15, 2016. Retrieved November 15, 2016.
  8. ^ Bennett, John (November 9, 2016). “New Member: GOP’s Jack Bergman Claims Michigan’s 1st District”. Roll Call. Retrieved November 15, 2016.
  9. ^ “90 Current Climate Solutions Caucus Members”. Citizen´s Climate Lobby. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  10. ^ a b “Members”. U.S. – Japan Caucus. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  11. ^ Meloni, Rod (June 14, 2017). “Rep. Jack Bergman describes shooting at baseball practice: ‘I just basically went into a low crawl. ClickOnDetroit.
  12. ^ Trunko, Matthew (June 14, 2017). “Rep. Jack Bergman: Media ‘complicit’ in spread of hateful rhetoric that led to congressional baseball shooting”. The Washington Examiner.
  13. ^ “Meet Our Members”. House Armed Services Committee – Democrats. Retrieved February 19, 2021.
  14. ^ “Membership”. Republican Study Committee. December 6, 2017. Retrieved March 28, 2021.
  15. ^ Cassleman, David. “Running for First: Marine Corps general shakes up race in 1st Congressional”. www.interlochenpublicradio.org. Retrieved February 19, 2021.
  16. ^ UpNorthLive (July 26, 2016). “Interview with Jack Bergman, 1st Congressional Dist. Republican Candidate”. WPBN. Retrieved February 19, 2021.
  17. ^ ABC News. “House Democrats pass $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, handing Biden major victory”. abcnews.go.com. Retrieved July 6, 2021.
  18. ^ “See how your Michigan U.S. Representative voted on Obamacare repeal”. mlive. May 5, 2017. Retrieved January 5, 2021.
  19. ^ Winchester, Flannery (September 29, 2017). “Rep. Jack Bergman: A Congressman for climate-conscious youth”. Citizens’ Climate Lobby. Retrieved February 18, 2021.
  20. ^ Kilmer, Derek (December 12, 2019). “H.R.729 – 116th Congress (2019-2020): Coastal and Great Lakes Communities Enhancement Act”. congress.gov. Retrieved February 2, 2020.
  21. ^ “Jack Bergman, Representative for Michigan’s 1st Congressional District”. GovTrack.us. Retrieved February 2, 2020.
  22. ^ Magid, Aaron; 2017 (August 8, 2017). “Meet Jack Bergman: The Former Pilot Now in Congress”. Jewish Insider. Retrieved February 19, 2021.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  23. ^ a b “Two Michigan Republicans will object to Electoral College vote”. mlive. January 4, 2021. Retrieved January 5, 2021.
  24. ^ Blood, Michael R.; Riccardi, Nicholas (December 5, 2020). “Biden officially secures enough electors to become president”. AP News. Archived from the original on December 8, 2020. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
  25. ^ Diaz, Daniella. “Brief from 126 Republicans supporting Texas lawsuit in Supreme Court”. CNN. Archived from the original on December 12, 2020. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
  26. ^ “Rep. Jack Bergman objects Electoral College certification process”. ABC 10/CW5. January 4, 2021. Retrieved January 5, 2021.
  27. ^ “Valor Awards for John W. Bergman”. Military Times. Retrieved March 16, 2015.
  28. ^ “Biography – U.S. Representative Jack Bergman”. bergman.house.gov.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan’s 1st congressional district

2017–present
Incumbent
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United States representatives by seniority
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Recent Elections

2018 US Representative for 1st

Jack Bergman (R)187,25156.3%
Matthew Morgan (D)145,24643.7%
TOTAL332,497

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Finances

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Committees

Committees

House Armed Services Committee
   In his second term, Congressman Bergman is honored to serve as a member of the House Armed Services Committee. As we face uncertain times, military readiness and proper funding are essential. As new threats emerge, our military must remain the strongest and most lethal force in the world. Accountability and oversight are paramount as we work to ensure every dollar spent on defense is maximized to best protect our nation and our allies. As with all Committee assignments, Rep. Bergman will seek to utilize his role on the House Armed Services Committee to represent the needs of Michigan’s First District.

Congressman Bergman served in the United States Marine Corps for 40 years, as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam, and most recently as Commander of Marine Forces North/Marine Forces Reserve. He retired in 2009 at the rank of Lieutenant General. After being elected in November 2016, Bergman became the highest ranking combat Veteran ever elected to Congress.

House Veterans Affairs Committee
   Serving on the House Committee on Veteran’s Affairs is a passion of Congressman Bergman’s. Michigan’s 1st District has one of the highest percentage of Veterans of any Congressional District in the country. These Veterans have sacrificed so much for the liberty of our country and he is dedicated to working on their behalf in Washington, D.C. He has served for two years on the committee where he helped author groundbreaking Veterans’ legislation and held multiple field hearings and round-table discussions in Michigan’s First District.

We made major strides in the 115th Congress by passing the VA MISSION Act, streamlining the VA bureaucracy, and ensuring accountability at VA. Congressman Bergman looks forward to continuing the work we’ve begun to ensure our Veterans are receiving the quality care they deserve.

Subcommittees

Seapower and Projection Forces
Military Personnel
Readiness
Oversight and Investigations

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Issues

Committees

  • Committee on Armed Services
    • Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces
    • Subcommittee on Readiness
    • Subcommittee on Military Personnel
  • Committee on Veterans’ Affairs
    • Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity
    • Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations (Ranking Member)

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Bill HuizengaBill Huizenga- MI2

Current Position: US Representative for MI 2nd District since 2011
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2003 – 2009

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Both governments should follow the science and drop all travel restrictions for travelers between the United States and Canada who are fully vaccinated travelers or provide proof of a negative PCR test.

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Rep. Huizenga asks about payment for order flow, if retail investing is gambling at GameStop hearing

Rep. Bill Huizenga, accused of walking around House metal detector, fined $5,000
Detroit Free Press, Todd SpanglerAugust 27, 2021 (Medium)

U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland, was fined $5,000 by the House Sergeant at Arms on Friday for skirting a metal detector leading onto the chamber floor.

He said he plans to appeal, calling the move an outrageous overreach.

“I use the word absurd,” said his spokesman, Brian Patrick, on Friday. “It’s the sad state of (House) Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s house — it sows mistrust between the members.”

According to Patrick, here’s what happened: Called back to Washington this week, Huizenga went through the detector leading onto the House floor on Monday, when his son — who works for another member — called to him from the neighboring cloakroom.

Huizenga went out, spoke to his son and then reentered to the floor — this time without going through the detector. An officer noticed, leading to the fine.

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Current Position: US Representative for MI 2nd District since 2011
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2003 – 2009

Featured Quote: 
Both governments should follow the science and drop all travel restrictions for travelers between the United States and Canada who are fully vaccinated travelers or provide proof of a negative PCR test.

Featured Video: 
Rep. Huizenga asks about payment for order flow, if retail investing is gambling at GameStop hearing

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Rep. Bill Huizenga, accused of walking around House metal detector, fined $5,000
Detroit Free Press, Todd SpanglerAugust 27, 2021 (Medium)

U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland, was fined $5,000 by the House Sergeant at Arms on Friday for skirting a metal detector leading onto the chamber floor.

He said he plans to appeal, calling the move an outrageous overreach.

“I use the word absurd,” said his spokesman, Brian Patrick, on Friday. “It’s the sad state of (House) Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s house — it sows mistrust between the members.”

According to Patrick, here’s what happened: Called back to Washington this week, Huizenga went through the detector leading onto the House floor on Monday, when his son — who works for another member — called to him from the neighboring cloakroom.

Huizenga went out, spoke to his son and then reentered to the floor — this time without going through the detector. An officer noticed, leading to the fine.

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About

Bill Huizenga 1

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Congressman Bill Huizenga (HIGH-zen-guh) represents Michigan’s 2nd Congressional District which stretches from Kentwood to the lakeshore and up the coast of Lake Michigan from Holland to Ludington. Huizenga was first elected to Congress in 2010 and is currently serving in his sixth term.

As a member of the prestigious House Financial Services Committee, Huizenga has focused on removing government-imposed barriers to private sector job creation and increasing transparency across the federal government. Because of his steadfast leadership, Congressman Huizenga has been selected to serve as Ranking Member on the Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship, and Capital Markets Subcommittee for the 117th Congress.

Congressman Huizenga has focused oversight efforts pertaining to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) operations, activities, and initiatives to ensure that it fulfills its congressional mandate to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation. This subcommittee also has jurisdiction pertaining to credit rating agencies, investment advisers, mutual funds, accounting standards, equity/option market structure, and fixed-income market structure.  Bill is also serving on the Housing, Community Development, and Insurance Subcommittee in the 117th Congress.  Previously, Bill served as a member of the Monetary Policy and Trade Subcommittee where he focused on restoring accountability and transparency to the Federal Reserve.

Since January of 2017, Congressman Huizenga has been elected by his colleagues to serve as a Co-Chair of the Great Lakes Task Force. This bipartisan group fosters cooperation and support for policies and programs that enhance the environmental health of the Great Lakes while also ensuring the full economic potential of the Great Lakes region is realized. As a bipartisan leader on the Great Lakes, Huizenga has successfully rallied bipartisan support for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), a program that is vital to preserving and protecting the Great Lakes ecology while also promoting opportunities for the Great Lakes economy.  The GLRI has had multiple success stories across West Michigan and throughout the Great Lakes basin.

Congressman Huizenga is also a founding member of the bipartisan PFAS Task Force. From during the 116th Congress, the goals of the Task Force include: educating members of Congress and the public about the potential impacts of PFAS; help craft bipartisan legislation to help communities recover from PFAS contamination, and working to determine the proper health and safety levels of PFAS. Bill believes residents in West Michigan across the nation deserve to know the truth and the full picture about the health risks as well as the sources associated with PFAS and PFOAS.

Huizenga’s interest in public service began when he was a young boy. When the family was gathered around the dinner table, his father would encourage thoughtful discussions surrounding business and politics. Huizenga went on to attend Holland Christian High School, and later received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Calvin College. After college, Bill began his career as a Realtor and entrepreneur. Today, Bill co-owns Huizenga Gravel Inc. located in Jenison, MI.

Bill became deeply familiar with the issues facing West Michigan residents while serving as the Director of Public Policy for Congressman Pete Hoekstra. That experience combined with Bill’s first-hand knowledge of the regulatory and tax burdens facing small businesses and the desire to create a better environment for his children inspired Bill to return to public service.

In 2002, Huizenga was elected to represent the southern portion of Ottawa County, Michigan’s 90th District, in the Michigan House of Representatives. There, he served in elected leadership roles as well as Chairman of the Commerce Committee. He was re-elected until term-limited out in 2008.

Congressman Huizenga is a lifelong resident of Ottawa County, where he currently resides with his wife and children.

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Offices

Washington, D.C. Office
2232 Rayburn HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-4401
Fax: (202) 226-0779

Grandville Office
4555 Wilson Ave. SW Suite 3,
Grandville, MI 49418
Phone: (616) 570-0917
Fax: (616) 570-0934

Grand Haven Office
1 South Harbor Ave. Suite 6B,
Grand Haven, MI 49417
Phone: (616) 414-5516
Fax: (616) 570-0934

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232 Rayburn HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
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Grandeville
4555 Wilson Ave. SW Suite 3,
Grandville, MI 49418
Phone: Phone: (616) 570-0917

Grand Haven
1 South Harbor Ave. Suite 6B,
Grand Haven, MI 49417
Phone: Phone: (616) 414-5516

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William Patrick Huizenga (/ˈhzɪŋɡə/ HY-zing-gə; born January 31, 1969) is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Michigan’s 2nd congressional district since 2011. The district covers much of Lake Michigan‘s western shore and many of Grand Rapids‘s suburbs and exurbs, including Muskegon, Holland, Kentwood and Grand Haven.

A member of the Republican Party, Huizenga served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 2003 to 2009.[1]

Early life

Born to a family of Dutch Americans, Huizenga is the co-owner and operator of Huizenga Gravel Company, a family business in Jenison, Michigan. In the early 1990s, he worked in real estate. He left real estate in 1996, becoming an aide to U.S. Representative Pete Hoekstra.

Michigan House of Representatives

Starting with his first election in 2002, Huizenga represented the 90th district for three terms, winning reelection in 2004 and 2006. After the 2006 election he was term limited. The district is in Ottawa County and includes Holland, Zeeland, Hudsonville, Blendon Township, Jamestown Township, Holland Township, and Zeeland Township.

Huizenga voted for the initial version of the Michigan Business Tax, but opposed the 2% surcharge and a sales and services tax later in the process.[2]

U.S House of Representatives

Elections

2010

After serving 18 years, Republican incumbent Peter Hoekstra retired to run for the Republican nomination for governor. Huizenga defeated Jay Riemersma, State Senator Wayne Kuipers, businessman Bill Cooper, and three others in the Republican primary election—the real contest in this heavily Republican district—on August 3, 2010.[3] Huizenga defeated Democratic nominee Fred Johnson, 64% to 32%.[4] The district was rated “Solid Republican” by The New York Times.[5] The district and its predecessors have been in Republican hands for all but four years since 1873, and without interruption since 1935.

2012

Huizenga was reelected, defeating Democratic nominee Willie German Jr., Mary Buzuma of the Libertarian Party, Ronald Graeser of the U.S. Taxpayers Party and William Opalicky of the Green Party.[citation needed]

Tenure

In December 2020, Huizenga was one of 126 Republican members of the House of Representatives to sign an amicus brief in support of Texas v. Pennsylvania, a lawsuit filed at the United States Supreme Court contesting the results of the 2020 presidential election, in which Joe Biden defeated[6] incumbent Donald Trump. The Supreme Court declined to hear the case on the basis that Texas lacked standing under Article III of the Constitution to challenge the results of an election held by another state.[7][8][9]

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a statement that called signing the amicus brief an act of “election subversion.” She also reprimanded Huizenga and the other House members who supported the lawsuit: “The 126 Republican Members that signed onto this lawsuit brought dishonor to the House. Instead of upholding their oath to support and defend the Constitution, they chose to subvert the Constitution and undermine public trust in our sacred democratic institutions.”[10][11] New Jersey Representative Bill Pascrell, citing section three of the 14th Amendment, called for Pelosi to not seat Huizenga and the other Republicans who signed the brief supporting the suit, arguing that “the text of the 14th Amendment expressly forbids Members of Congress from engaging in rebellion against the United States. Trying to overturn a democratic election and install a dictator seems like a pretty clear example of that.”[12]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Personal life

Huizenga and his wife have five children and live in Holland. He attends Haven Christian Reformed Church in Zeeland.[16]

On October 14, 2020, Huizenga announced that he had tested positive for COVID-19.[17][18]

References

  1. ^ “Representative William Patrick Huizenga (Bill) (R-Michigan, 2nd) – Biography from LegiStorm”.
  2. ^ Jim Harger, Jay Riemersma criticizes Bill Huizenga’s 2007 Vote, Grand Rapids Press, October 12, 2009.
  3. ^ Roelofs, Ted. “Bill Huizenga edges out former NFL player Jay Riemersma by less than 700 in race for Congress”, The Grand Rapids Press, August 4, 2010.
  4. ^ “Archived copy”. Archived from the original on 2011-06-14. Retrieved 2010-11-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Michigan 2nd District Race Profile Archived August 3, 2010, at the Wayback Machine New York Times. August 23, 2010.
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Preceded by

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan’s 2nd congressional district

2011–present
Incumbent
U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by

United States representatives by seniority
141st
Succeeded by


Recent Elections

2018 US Representative for 2nd

Bill Huizenga (R)168,67043.0%
Rob Davidson (D)131,25455.3%
Ronald Graeser ()5,2391.7%
TOTAL305,163

2016 US Representative for 2nd

Bill Huizenga (R)212,50862.6%
Dennis Murphy (D)110,39132.5%
Erwin Haas (L)8,1542.4%
Matthew Brady (G)5,3531.6%
Ronald Graeser ()2,904.9%
Write-ins (Write-in)18
TOTAL339,328

Finances

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Committees

Committees

House Financial Services Committee
   Congressman Huizenga serves on the prestigious House Financial Services Committee, which has jurisdiction over issues pertaining to banking, housing, insurance, monetary policy, and international finance, Congressman Huizenga adds his life experience as a small business leader to legislative decision-making

Subcommittees

Housing, Community Development, and Insurance
   Congressman Huizenga also serves on the Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development, and Insurance, which handles matters related to public, affordable, and rural housing, community development projects, and sponsored insurance programs, including Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Investor Protection, Entrepeneurship, and Capital Markets
   During the 116th Congress, Congressman Huizenga will be serving on two subcommittees. He is the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship, and Capital Markets. Congressman Huizenga assists in minority leadership, spearheading efforts regarding all aspects of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) operations, activities, and initiatives to ensure that it fulfills its congressional mandate to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation

Voting Record

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Issues

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Committees

  • Committee on Financial Services
    • Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit
    • Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology
    • Subcommittee on International Monetary Policy and Trade

Legislation

Sponsored and Cosponsored

Issues

 

Governance

Budget and Spending

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Families across the nation understand what it means to make tough choices each day about what they can and cannot afford. As a small business owner, Congressman Huizenga understands this principle is one of the most basic tenets of business as well. Elected officials should not be allowed to simply pass on making these tough decisions and should be held to the same standard as American taxpayers and small business job creators.

However, today our nation is in the red by more than $23,000,000,000,000 –  and yes, there are 12 zeroes in one trillion dollars. Our nation’s long-term deficit and current national debt level is both unfathomable and unsustainable.  We simply must change the trajectory of spending in Washington. In the short-term, Congress can begin immediately by enacting sensible cost-cutting measures and eliminating wasteful and duplicative federal programs.  In order to prevent crippling deficits and debt over the long-term, federal entitlement programs must be reformed in a way that protects current beneficiaries and allows current workers to enjoy a safe and stable retirement. We must restore fiscal sanity.

As a matter of principle, taxpayers have the right to a federal government that does not grow beyond their ability to pay for it and the right to expect a balanced federal budget. Additionally, Congress must create an atmosphere that fosters job growth. Simply put, the private sector, not the public sector, creates prosperity. We don’t need more government or a bigger one. We just need our government to focus on accountability, fiscal responsibility, and oversight.  A balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution would help achieve this objective and is something Congressman Huizenga strongly supports.

Many states, including Michigan, require a balanced budget. There is no reason the federal government cannot achieve the same. This common-sense measure would force Congress to eliminate unnecessary and wasteful spending and make the decisions necessary to balance the budget and eliminate the federal deficit

Financial Services Committee

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America’s entrepreneurial spirit is as old as the country itself, and is foundational to our unique experiment in democracy. Even the words of our Constitution were penned with the same fearless ambition, courage through adversity, and bold dreams that small business owners have embodied for over 240 years.
Today, American small businesses are the backbone our economy, accounting for nearly 90% of all companies and half of the working population. In recent years, however, the entrepreneurial spirit of small businesses has been under attack by burdensome regulations, which increases costs, slows growth, and eliminates opportunities.

Congressman Huizenga knows firsthand what it takes to operate a small business, and continues to fight on behalf of small businesses across the country. As a member of the House Financial Services Committee, which has jurisdiction over issues pertaining to banking, housing, insurance, monetary policy, and international finance, Congressman Huizenga adds his life experience as a small business leader to legislative decision-making.

Congressman Huizenga serves on two subcommittees for the 116th Congress. He is the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship, and Capital Markets. Congressman Huizenga assists in minority leadership, spearheading efforts regarding all aspects of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) operations, activities, and initiatives to ensure that it fulfills its congressional mandate to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation.

Congressman Huizenga also serves on the Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development, and Insurance, which handles matters related to public, affordable, and rural housing, community development projects, and sponsored insurance programs, including Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

This is Congressman Huizenga’s fifth term on the Financial Services Committee. Previous memberships include Chair of the Monetary Policy and Trade Subcommittee, the Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee, International Monetary Policy and Trade Subcommittee, and Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology Subcommittee.

Civil Rights

Life Issues and Adoption

Long before Representative Huizenga had the honor and privilege to serve as West Michigan’s voice in Congress, he made a commitment to always promote a culture that respects life. Every child deserves the right to make their impact on this world.

As a member of the bipartisan pro-life caucus, Congressman Huizenga has remained steadfast in his defense of the unborn by working to prevent taxpayer dollars from being used to fund abortions; promote quality care centers over abortion facilities; and advocate against gruesome, late-term abortions.

Congressman Huizenga’s commitment to life has not wavered. He has continued to be a tireless voice for unborn children and work to ensure that these precious lives are protected. Rep. Huizenga has consistently supported legislation to end federal funding for Planned Parenthood, prevent taxpayer dollars from being used to pay for abortion services, and protect lives through legislation such as the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.

When tax reform came before the House in late 2017, Congressman Huizenga was one of leading voices calling for the restoration of the Adoption Tax Credit. West Michigan has a strong history of opening its doors to children in need of a forever home. If a loving family wants to welcome a child into their home, the federal government should encourage the removal of financial barriers to adoption.

Congressman Huizenga is committed to creating a culture that protects and values life.

Economy

Jobs and Economy

For decades, Washington’s spending problem led to a tax code that hurt American families, small businesses, and our nation’s economy. In December of 2017, Congress passed and the president signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. This bill creates a simpler and fairer code for all Americans. It creates and keeps jobs here at home while giving small business owners the flexibility they need to grow. Most importantly, this plan allows you to keep more of your hard-earned paycheck.

With passage of this law, America can once again be the world leader in job creation and economic growth, and we can rebuild our middle class by making sure those high-paying jobs are created right here at home instead of in foreign countries. Since passage of this bill, numerous companies across West Michigan and around the country have announced bonuses, pay raises, new hiring, and more investments in the American economy.

Equally important is the size, scope, and efficiency of our regulatory structure. As a small business owner, Congressman Huizenga understands that poorly constructed and outdated regulations can weigh on job creators. Which is why he continues his work to reform and modernize our regulatory structure to help create an environment where both job creators and workers can thrive instead of being held back by their government.

 

Energy

The United States must adopt a long-term, multifaceted approach to address the current status of energy prices. We cannot allow the federal government to pick winners and losers when it comes to various forms of energy, and Congress can prevent this by enacting an “all-of-the-above” energy strategy. A comprehensive energy package that increases energy independence and job creation encourages the development of alternative and renewable energy sources and promotes greater efficiencies and conservation for a cleaner environment.  This approach would ensure that we are providing energy solutions without placing America at a competitive disadvantage with the rest of the world.

Agriculture and Food

Agriculture is an important job creator and a major contributor to the U.S. economy, and particularly in West Michigan. In fact, Michigan’s food and agriculture industry contributes $101.2 billion annually to the state’s economy and employs nearly a quarter of the state’s workforce. The agricultural diversity in the 2nd Congressional District is second only to California. In fact, the Second District leads Michigan not only in market value, but also in livestock, poultry, pork, fruit, nursery, greenhouse, and floriculture production.

It is important for Congress to provide an environment in which agricultural producers can flourish and remain competitive domestically, and abroad. As Congress debates the various agricultural issues, Congressman Huizenga is focused on trade, labor, and regulation and its impact on Michigan’s agricultural businesses.

Education

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Congressman Huizenga supports an approach to education that re-establishes local control. Our teachers, school administrators, parents and neighbors are the best qualified to make decisions regarding the education of our children. They know the names of our children and what they need to succeed, not bureaucrats in Washington who try a one-size fits all approach.

For too long, the federal approach to education has been layering mandate after mandate upon states and schools.

This is why Congress recently passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This law aims to remove the bureaucracy handed down to states from Washington by granting states the flexibility they need to spend more of their own money on priorities that will best help students achieve academic excellence.

While it is important to reduce the achievement gap and hold schools responsible for failing to adequately educate their students, key reforms must be balanced with increased educational options. When a school is not the best fit for a child, parents should have the flexibility to choose the school that best meets their child’s needs. In the same way, schools should have the ability to use innovation to improve their educational programs, without burdensome federal interference.

Environment

Great Lakes Issues

The protection and restoration of our Great Lakes is one of Congressman Huizenga’s top priorities in Congress.

In West Michigan, the Great Lakes are directly linked to our way of life. As the Republican co-chair of the Congressional Great Lakes Task Force, Congressman Huizenga has been on the forefront of the efforts to enhance the environmental health of the Great Lakes while also ensuring the full economic potential of the Great Lakes region is realized.

The Great Lakes account for approximately 90% of the nation’s fresh surface water, serve as the primary source of drinking water for 48 million people, and create the foundation for $6 trillion in economic in activity here in the United States and Canada.

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) is a bipartisan program that works to protect and strengthen the ecology and the economy of the Great Lakes. Here in Michigan, the GLRI has played a vital role in combating the spread of invasive species, accelerating the cleanup of legacy pollution, limiting harmful algal blooms, and restoring wetlands and habitats.

Here in West Michigan we have seen the success of the GLRI in the restoration of the areas surrounding Lake Macatawa in Ottawa County, the delisting of White Lake as an environmental area of concern in Muskegon County, and the clean up of legacy pollution that has contaminated Muskegon Lake in Muskegon County.

Congressman Huizenga has continued to lead the bipartisan effort to fully fund the GLRI and make the preservation and protection of the Great Lakes a national priority. For a more complete list of restoration, prevention, and rehabilitation projects supported by the GLRI click here.

Invasive Species and Asian Carp

The introduction of non-native species to the Great Lakes is currently one of the greatest economic and environmental threats to the region. In building a better defense for the Great Lakes against new invasive species, we must vigorously employ the most effective tools available, while anticipating improved techniques derived from additional research and application.

Today, we remain particularly vulnerable to the migration of Asian carp, which are a non-indigenous, invasive species that have the potential to severely impact the Great Lakes.

Preventing Asian Carp and other invasive species from infiltrating the Great Lakes ecosystem and devastating our lakes, rivers, and streams is one of Congressman Huizenga’s highest priorities. The threat Asian carp pose to the Great Lakes both ecologically and economically is clear and any threat to the Great Lakes must be met with every tool and tactic we can employ. That is why Congressman Huizenga is working with his Great Lakes colleagues in a bipartisan manner to ensure the preservation of this invaluable ecosystem.

 

Health Care

Health Care

Access to affordable health care is out of reach for too many people. Congressman Huizenga believes that Obamacare has failed the American people and our economy. That is why he is working with his colleagues in Congress to enact meaningful legislation that will provide patients’ rights to choose the coverage that best suits their needs.

Congressman Huizenga believes there is a better way to reduce costs and increase access to health care for all Americans. This includes curbing costly junk lawsuits, encouraging the use of health savings accounts, and empowering small business and states to use innovative means to reduce health care costs for you and your family.

Any reforms Congress passes must also include protections for patients with pre-existing conditions. That is why Congressman Huizenga helped introduce the Pre-Existing Conditions Protection Act. This legislation aims to achieve three important goals for patients: guaranteed access to coverage, a prohibition on pre-existing condition benefit exclusions, and a ban on premium rating based on health status.

 

Safety

Homeland Security

Congressman Huizenga understands the need to readily support and supply our military and intelligence officials with the tools that they need to achieve success in keeping the United States secure. As new threats emerge, our armed forces must have the tools they need to respond.

Congressman Huizenga believes the United States needs to strongly support our allies in regions where threats exist or may emerge. We must also continue to support democratic movements in countries where leaders have used the elimination of basic human rights and oppression as a means to govern.

Social Security

Retirement and Social Security

Social Security is not sustainable without significant reform. Future benefits cannot be paid under current taxation levels. There are a limited number of options for addressing this actuarial time bomb. We can increase the retirement age, raise tax rates, or increase the cap on earnings subject to taxes. The sooner that adjustments are made, the smaller the adjustments need to be. Keep in mind that younger workers already don’t believe Social Security will provide for them.

The government has to honor its promises to protect retirees and those nearing retirement age. A long-term fix to Social Security should include the option of a personal retirement account that younger workers can count on as their own individual asset. Congressman Huizenga supports making Social Security workable for all generations.

Veterans

Veterans Affairs

As the son of a disabled WWII veteran, protecting and providing for America’s veterans is one of Congressman Huizenga’s top priorities. That is why he has voted to expand treatment options for veterans by making it easier for them to see their own doctor;  improve educational opportunities for veterans through the Forever GI Bill;  hold bureaucrats at the VA accountable, so our veterans receive the care they deserve; make the transition from active duty to civilian life smoother by expanding training opportunities for our men and women in uniform when they come home.

While many improvements have been made, including in the areas of mental health and suicide prevention, more work must be done to help our veterans. Congressman Huizenga strives to ensure that the men and women who have served, are serving, or will serve in the U.S. military are afforded the respect that they deserve and the benefits and services that they have earned. It is because of their selfless sacrifices that the freedoms we enjoy as Americans are possible.

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Current Position: US Representative for MI 3rd District since 2021
Affiliation: Republican

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2 US lawmakers’ Kabul trip prompts Biden administration fury

August 25, 2021
FILE - Michigan's 3rd District Congressional Republican candidate Peter Meijer speaks at a campaign rally on Oct. 14, 2020, in Grand Rapids, Mich. Meijer and Massachusetts Democratic congressman Seth Moulton flew unannounced into Kabul airport in the middle of the ongoing chaotic evacuation Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021, stunning State Department and U.S. military personnel who had to divert resources to provide security and information to the lawmakers, U.S. officials said.   AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
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FILE – Michigan’s 3rd District Congressional Republican candidate Peter Meijer speaks at a campaign rally on Oct. 14, 2020, in Grand Rapids, Mich. Meijer and Massachusetts Democratic congressman Seth Moulton flew unannounced into Kabul airport in the middle of the ongoing chaotic evacuation Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021, stunning State Department and U.S. military personnel who had to divert resources to provide security and information to the lawmakers, U.S. officials said. AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two members of Congress flew unannounced into Kabul airport in the middle of the chaotic evacuation stunning State Department and U.S. military personnel who had to divert resources to provide security and information to the lawmakers, U.S. officials said.

Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., and Rep. Peter Meijer, R-Mich., flew in and out on charter aircraft and were on the ground at the Kabul airport for several hours Tuesday. That led officials to complain that they could be taking seats that would have otherwise gone to other Americans or Afghans fleeing the country, but the congressmen said in a joint statement that they made sure to leave on a flight with empty seats.

“As Members of Congress, we have a duty to provide oversight on the executive branch,’” the two said in their statement. “We conducted this visit in secret, speaking about it only after our departure, to minimize the risk and disruption to the people on the ground, and because we were there to gather information, not to grandstand.”

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Affiliation: Republican

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2 US lawmakers’ Kabul trip prompts Biden administration fury

August 25, 2021
FILE - Michigan's 3rd District Congressional Republican candidate Peter Meijer speaks at a campaign rally on Oct. 14, 2020, in Grand Rapids, Mich. Meijer and Massachusetts Democratic congressman Seth Moulton flew unannounced into Kabul airport in the middle of the ongoing chaotic evacuation Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021, stunning State Department and U.S. military personnel who had to divert resources to provide security and information to the lawmakers, U.S. officials said.   AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
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FILE – Michigan’s 3rd District Congressional Republican candidate Peter Meijer speaks at a campaign rally on Oct. 14, 2020, in Grand Rapids, Mich. Meijer and Massachusetts Democratic congressman Seth Moulton flew unannounced into Kabul airport in the middle of the ongoing chaotic evacuation Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021, stunning State Department and U.S. military personnel who had to divert resources to provide security and information to the lawmakers, U.S. officials said. AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two members of Congress flew unannounced into Kabul airport in the middle of the chaotic evacuation stunning State Department and U.S. military personnel who had to divert resources to provide security and information to the lawmakers, U.S. officials said.

Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., and Rep. Peter Meijer, R-Mich., flew in and out on charter aircraft and were on the ground at the Kabul airport for several hours Tuesday. That led officials to complain that they could be taking seats that would have otherwise gone to other Americans or Afghans fleeing the country, but the congressmen said in a joint statement that they made sure to leave on a flight with empty seats.

“As Members of Congress, we have a duty to provide oversight on the executive branch,’” the two said in their statement. “We conducted this visit in secret, speaking about it only after our departure, to minimize the risk and disruption to the people on the ground, and because we were there to gather information, not to grandstand.”

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About

Peter Meijer 1

Source: Government page

Peter is a proud fourth generation West Michigander, born and raised in Grand Rapids. Peter’s grandfather, Fred Meijer, inspired Peter to pursue a path of purpose and service, and instilled in him a love for West Michigan.

After graduating high school, Peter’s first step on his path of purpose was spending a year at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Soon thereafter, Peter enlisted in the Army reserves and deployed to Iraq.

In 2010, Peter deployed to Iraq as a non-commissioned officer, setting aside his studies to serve with an intelligence unit at joint US-Iraqi bases in the Baghdad area.

In Iraq, Peter conducted intelligence operations to protect American and allied forces. As a sergeant, he led soldiers and missions that resulted in the detention of enemy operatives responsible for killing American soldiers and disrupted Iranian-backed efforts to take more American lives.

After returning from Iraq in 2011 and finishing his studies at Columbia University, Peter joined Team Rubicon, a veteran-based disaster response organization. With Team Rubicon, Peter led humanitarian efforts in South Sudan dealing with a refugee crisis. He also led operations in New York after Superstorm Sandy, Oklahoma after a series of devastating tornadoes, and in the Philippines after Super Typhoon Yolanda.

While in the Philippines, Peter accepted a job with a conflict analysis NGO in Afghanistan,. On Christmas Day 2013 he arrived in Kabul and advised the aid community there on the safety and security issues critical to their mission.

Peter ran the NGO’s advisory operations in southern Afghanistan from Kandahar City, managing a large team to help aid workers safely deliver much-needed assistance to the Afghan people. Peter last served as acting Deputy Director for Afghanistan, delivering emergency assistance to aid workers after kidnappings and targeted killings.

After leaving Afghanistan, Peter pursued his MBA at New York University then returned to Michigan to work in urban redevelopment and real estate. A passion for service, and for West Michigan, compelled Peter to continue to serve his community by running for Congress.

With the unwavering support of his team, family and wife Gabriella, Peter Meijer was sworn in as the Congressman for Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District on January 3rd, 2021.

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Peter James Meijer (/ˈm.ər/; born January 10, 1988) is an American politician and business analyst serving as the U.S. Representative for Michigan’s 3rd congressional district since 2021.[4] The district is based in Grand Rapids. He is a member of the Republican Party.

He is a member of the Meijer family, the founders and owners of the Meijer superstore chain.[5] Meijer was one of ten Republicans who voted to impeach Donald Trump during Trump’s second impeachment.[6][7]

Early life and education

Meijer was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is the oldest son of Hank Meijer and the grandson of Frederik Meijer, whose father, Hendrik Meijer, founded supermarket chain Meijer after he emigrated to the United States from the Netherlands.[5][8] Forbes has recognized his family as one of the wealthiest in Michigan, with a net worth above $6 billion.[8] His financial disclosures list more than $50 million in assets, primarily from a Meijer family trust.[9][10]

Meijer graduated from East Grand Rapids High School in 2006.[11] He initially studied for one year at the United States Military Academy at West Point before transferring to Columbia University in 2008, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology in 2012.[8][12] At Columbia, he was an advocate for reinstating the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps on campus.[13] From 2008 to 2016, Meijer served in the United States Army Reserve and was deployed to Iraq from 2010 into 2011, serving as an intelligence advisor.[8][12][14]

In 2017, Meijer graduated from the New York University Stern School of Business with a Master of Business Administration.[8]

Career

From 2013 to 2015, Meijer worked as a conflict analyst for an international NGO.[8] He was later employed by Olympia Development of Michigan of Ilitch Holdings as an analyst from April 2018 to January 2019.[8] During this time, Meijer also worked on veterans projects such as Project Rubicon, was on the advisory board of the With Honor super political action committee, and assisted with urban renewal projects throughout Michigan.[12]

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

2020

Following Justin Amash‘s departure from the Republican Party in July 2019, Meijer announced his candidacy for Michigan’s 3rd congressional district, competing in the Republican primary. He voiced his support for Trump, saying he would work with Trump to “make sure that we advance policies and an agenda that is in the best interest of West Michigan.”[8] In his primary campaign, Meijer received funding from several wealthy Michigan-based business families and outraised the other Republican candidates.[15]

The DeVos and Van Andel families, who co-founded Amway, contributed to Meijer’s campaign, though United States Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and her husband Dick DeVos abstained from fundraising efforts.[15] Mark J. Bissell of Bissell home-care products and the late businessman Peter Secchia also donated to Meijer’s campaign.[15] Vice President Mike Pence, Representative Dan Crenshaw,[16] House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy,[17] House Minority Whip Steve Scalise,[18] and Senator Tom Cotton endorsed Meijer.[19] Meijer defeated Lynn Afendoulis in the August 4 primary election. Meijer faced Democratic nominee Hillary Scholten in the general election.[20] He raised $2.7 million during the campaign, to Scholten’s $3 million.[21] The 3rd has historically tilted Republican; the district and its predecessors have been in GOP hands for all but 35 months since 1913 (it was numbered as the 5th before 1993). But the race was very close; Cook Political Report rated it a toss-up.[22]

Ultimately, Meijer defeated Scholten, 53%-47%.[23] It was the closest race in the district since Harold S. Sawyer was held to 53% in what was then the 5th district in 1982,[24] and only the second time since 1982 that a Democrat had managed 40% of the vote (Amash’s Democratic opponent had taken 43% two years earlier[25]). He ran slightly ahead of Trump, who narrowly carried the district with 51% of the vote.[26]

Tenure

Meijer accepted the 2020 presidential election results, announcing publicly that he accepted the outcome and recognized Joe Biden as president-elect.[27] After experiencing the 2021 storming of the United States Capitol, he called on Republicans to take responsibility for their “lies” about election fraud.[28] On January 13, 2021, he voted to impeach Donald Trump alongside nine other Republicans.[29][30] The next day, Meijer stated in an interview with MSNBC that he had purchased body armor and made changes to his daily schedule due to threats against his life in reaction to his vote for impeachment.[31] On January 20, 2021, the day of the inauguration of Joe Biden, Meijer was one of 17 newly elected House Republicans to sign a letter congratulating Biden and expressing hope of working across the partisan divide.[32]

On May 19, 2021, Meijer became one of 35 Republicans who joined all Democrats in voting to approve legislation to establish the January 6, 2021 commission meant to investigate the storming of the U.S. Capitol.[33]

On May 23, 2021, Meijer condemned Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene‘s comparison between having to wear face masks on the House and the Holocaust. He was the first Republican to condemn Greene’s remarks and said that “such comparisons demean the Holocaust and contaminate American political speech.”[34]

In June 2021, Meijer was one of 49 House Republicans to vote to repeal the AUMF against Iraq.[35][36]

On August 24, 2021, Meijer and Representative Seth Moulton flew unannounced into Hamid Karzai International Airport during the 2021 Taliban offensive amid evacuation of Americans and allies. The Defense Department and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi were not given advance notice.[37][38] The next day, Pelosi sent a letter to all House members saying that “the Departments of Defense and State have requested that Members not travel to Afghanistan and the region during this time of danger” because such travel “would unnecessarily divert needed resources” from the evacuation efforts.[37]

On October 21, 2021, Meijer was one of nine House Republicans who voted to hold Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress.[39]

Meijer voted for H.R. 550: Immunization Infrastructure Modernization Act of 2021. The bill helps create confidential, population-based databases that maintain a record of vaccine administrations.[40]

Committee assignments

Meijer’s committee assignments include:[41]

Caucus memberships

References

  1. ^ Morse, Cory. “Peter Meijer wins 3rd Congressional District Republican primary”. mlive. Archived from the original on January 13, 2021. Retrieved October 20, 2020.
  2. ^ “Meet Peter”. Peter Meijer for Congress.
  3. ^ Channel 3, Sam Knef | News (September 29, 2020). “3rd District U.S. House: Peter Meijer, Republican”. WWMT. Archived from the original on January 13, 2021. Retrieved January 2, 2021.
  4. ^ “Michigan Election Results: Third Congressional District”. The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved November 4, 2020.
  5. ^ a b Jacobs, Julia (September 5, 2019). “Complaint Filed After Door Closes on Drag Performers With Down Syndrome”. The New York Times. Retrieved June 17, 2020.
  6. ^ “10 GOP lawmakers vote to impeach Trump, trial moves to Senate”. FOX 35. January 13, 2021.
  7. ^ “These 10 House Republicans voted to impeach Trump on Wednesday”. CNN. January 13, 2021. Retrieved January 13, 2021.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h West Michigan needs a new voice in Congress,’ says Amash challenger Peter Meijer”. MLive. July 3, 2019. Retrieved June 17, 2020.
  9. ^ “Financial Disclosure Report” (PDF). house.gov. October 31, 2019. Retrieved November 5, 2020.
  10. ^ “Meet The Michigan Congressman…”. Forbes.com. January 16, 2021. Retrieved May 5, 2021.
  11. ^ “Meijer heir puts his military experience to use helping Hurricane Sandy victims”. mlive. November 19, 2012.
  12. ^ a b c “About Peter”. Peter Meijer for Congress. Retrieved June 17, 2020.
  13. ^ “Making the Case for the Military”. Columbia Daily Spectator. Retrieved November 5, 2020.
  14. ^ “Baghdad Missive: Stay Civil, On Subject”. Columbia Daily Spectator. Retrieved November 5, 2020.
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  16. ^ “Rep. Dan Crenshaw endorses Peter Meijer for Congress”. WZZM13.com. May 8, 2020. Archived from the original on January 13, 2021. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  17. ^ Spangler, Todd. “House Republican leader endorses Peter Meijer in race to replace Justin Amash”. Detroit Free Press. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  18. ^ “Rep. Steve Scalise endorses Peter Meijer for Congress”. WXMI. May 6, 2020. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  19. ^ “Tom Cotton on Twitter: “Glad to support @VoteMeijer who served his country in uniform and now we need him to fight for West Michigan in Congress. Peter will stand up to China, he’s tough on illegal immigration, and he’s the best bet to keep this seat red. #MI03. Twitter. May 8, 2020. Retrieved August 5, 2020.
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In the 117th Congress, Representative Meijer serves on the Committee on Homeland Security as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Oversight, Management, & Accountability, Committee on Foreign Affairs, and the Space Science & Technology Committee.

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John MoolenaarJohn Moolenaar- MI4

Current Position: US Representative for MI 4th District since 2015
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Senator from 2011 – 2014; State Delegate from 2003 – 2008

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Congress should never allow the money of hardworking taxpayers to be used to end the lives of unborn children. We should continue to protect unborn children and keep the Hyde Amendment. #HydeSavesLives

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Moolenaar: “Michigan Farm Convoys Represent the Best of America”

Moolenaar welcomes $3.4 million grant for MBS Airport
Huron Daily Tribune, Midland Daily NewsAugust 20, 2021 (Short)

On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced a new $3.4 million grant for MBS International Airport in Freeland. The $3,474,533 grant will be used to install airfield guidance signs and rehabilitate the taxiway and taxiway lighting.

“MBS provides important flight service to mid Michigan and this funding will allow the airport to make major improvements to its infrastructure,” said U.S. Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Midland. “MBS is a critical part of the economy of the Great Lakes Bay Region and this grant will help the airport continue to serve passengers who live in and visit our state.”

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Current Position: US Representative for MI 4th District since 2015
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Senator from 2011 – 2014; State Delegate from 2003 – 2008

Featured Quote: 
Congress should never allow the money of hardworking taxpayers to be used to end the lives of unborn children. We should continue to protect unborn children and keep the Hyde Amendment. #HydeSavesLives

Featured Video: 
Moolenaar: “Michigan Farm Convoys Represent the Best of America”

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Moolenaar welcomes $3.4 million grant for MBS Airport
Huron Daily Tribune, Midland Daily NewsAugust 20, 2021 (Short)

On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced a new $3.4 million grant for MBS International Airport in Freeland. The $3,474,533 grant will be used to install airfield guidance signs and rehabilitate the taxiway and taxiway lighting.

“MBS provides important flight service to mid Michigan and this funding will allow the airport to make major improvements to its infrastructure,” said U.S. Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Midland. “MBS is a critical part of the economy of the Great Lakes Bay Region and this grant will help the airport continue to serve passengers who live in and visit our state.”

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Congressman John Moolenaar represents the residents of Michigan’s Fourth Congressional District. He is currently a member of the House Appropriations Committee.

Moolenaar brings years of leadership experience in the private and public sectors to Congress. He has worked as a chemist and business development director, and as a school administrator.

As a public servant, Moolenaar has been elected to the Midland City Council, the Michigan House of Representatives, and the Michigan Senate. Moolenaar was born and raised in Midland, where he now lives with his wife, Amy, and together they have raised six children. He has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Hope College and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University.

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Congressman Moolenaar is also co-founder and co-chairman of the bipartisan Congressional Chemistry Caucus.

Offices

Washington, DC Office

117 Cannon House Office Building
WashingtonDC 20515

Cadillac Office

201 North Mitchell Street
Suite L4
CadillacMI 49601

Phone: (231) 942-5070
Fax: (231) 876-9505

The Cadillac office is a satellite office.
It is staffed from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, with time reserved for lunch at noon.

Visitors are encouraged to call ahead, as staff may be working in the district.  If immediate assistance is needed, please contact the Midland office.

Midland Office

200 East Main Street
Suite 230
MidlandMI 48640

Phone: (989) 631-2552
Fax: (989) 631-6271

Below you can find information for the Midland District office. You are welcome to phone or send a message to us through the U.S. Postal Service. Please note that postal mail is the slowest method for contacting us. All postal mail sent to our offices must be scanned for security purposes, which means it will take an additional two weeks for us to receive it. If you prefer, you may contact us by e-mail.

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Offices

Washington, D.C.
117 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: Phone: (202) 225-3561

Cadillac
201 North Mitchell Street
Suite L4
Cadillac, MI 49601
Phone: Phone: (231) 942-5070

Midland
200 East Main Street
Suite 230
Midland, MI 48640
Phone: Phone: (989) 631-2552

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John Robert Moolenaar (/ˈmlənɑːr/ MOLE-ən-arr; born May 8, 1961) is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Michigan’s 4th congressional district since 2015. A member of the Republican Party, he served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 2003 to 2008 and the Michigan Senate from 2011 to 2014.[1]

Early life and education

Moolenaar was born in a family of Dutch Americans on May 8, 1961, in Midland, Michigan. In 1983, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Hope College. He earned a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University in 1989.

Career

Moolenaar is a chemist, and worked at Dow Chemical Company for eight months before entering politics.[2] He was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2002, where he served three terms. In 2010, he was elected to the Michigan Senate, where he served one term.[3] Before his election to the legislature, Moolenaar served on the Midland City Council.[4]

In 2014, Moolenaar ran for the United States House of Representatives seat representing Michigan’s 4th congressional district. He won the Republican primary election in August, defeating Paul Mitchell,[5] and the general election in November.

Moolenaar and fellow Michigan representative Andy Levin have introduced legislation to delay any deportations of Iraqis to Iraq for two years.[6]

In December 2020, Moolenaar signed an amicus brief before the United States Supreme Court in Texas v. Pennsylvania, et al., which sought to overturn the 2020 United States presidential election results.[7]

Elections

Moolenaar was elected to represent the 36th district in the Michigan State Senate in 2010. He defeated Democrat Andy Neumann in the November 2 general election, 56,634 votes to 32,154.

Moolenaar ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Michigan’s 4th District. He won the Republican nomination in the August 5 primary against Paul Mitchell and Peter Konetchy. He defeated Jeff Holmes (D), Will Tyler White (Libertarian) and George Zimmer (U.S. Taxpayers) in the November 4 general election.

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Tenure

In December 2020, Moolenaar was one of 126 Republican members of the House of Representatives to sign an amicus brief in support of Texas v. Pennsylvania, a lawsuit filed at the United States Supreme Court contesting the results of the 2020 presidential election, in which Joe Biden defeated[11] incumbent Donald Trump. The Supreme Court declined to hear the case on the basis that Texas lacked standing under Article III of the Constitution to challenge the results of an election held by another state.[12][13][14]

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a statement that called signing the amicus brief an act of “election subversion.” She also reprimanded Moolenaar and the other House members who supported the lawsuit: “The 126 Republican Members that signed onto this lawsuit brought dishonor to the House. Instead of upholding their oath to support and defend the Constitution, they chose to subvert the Constitution and undermine public trust in our sacred democratic institutions.”[15][16] New Jersey Representative Bill Pascrell, citing section three of the 14th Amendment, called for Pelosi to not seat Moolenaar and the other Republicans who signed the brief supporting the suit, arguing that “the text of the 14th Amendment expressly forbids Members of Congress from engaging in rebellion against the United States. Trying to overturn a democratic election and install a dictator seems like a pretty clear example of that.”[17]

References

  1. ^ 2011-2012 Michigan Manual: State Senator John Moolenaar
  2. ^ “Biography”. house.gov. December 11, 2012. Retrieved May 29, 2015.
  3. ^ Gonzales, Nathan L. (November 21, 2014). “Freshman Class Filled With Losers”. Roll Call. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  4. ^ “Meet Senator Moolenaar – Senator John Moolenaar”. Senator John Moolenaar. Archived from the original on October 29, 2014. Retrieved October 29, 2014.
  5. ^ “Sen. John Moolenaar defeats Paul Mitchell in 4th District congressional Republican primary race”. MLive.com. August 6, 2014. Retrieved October 29, 2014.
  6. ^ article on death of Aldaoud and related issues
  7. ^ “Motion of U.S. Representative Mike Johnson and 105 Other Members for leave to file amicus brief” (PDF). Supreme Court of the United States. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
  8. ^ “Member List”. Republican Study Committee. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  9. ^ “Members”. Republican Main Street Partnership. Archived from the original on August 26, 2018. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  10. ^ “Members”. U.S. – Japan Caucus. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  11. ^ Blood, Michael R.; Riccardi, Nicholas (December 5, 2020). “Biden officially secures enough electors to become president”. AP News. Archived from the original on December 8, 2020. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
  12. ^ Liptak, Adam (December 11, 2020). “Supreme Court Rejects Texas Suit Seeking to Subvert Election”. The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on December 11, 2020. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
  13. ^ “Order in Pending Case” (PDF). Supreme Court of the United States. December 11, 2020. Archived (PDF) from the original on December 11, 2020. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
  14. ^ Diaz, Daniella. “Brief from 126 Republicans supporting Texas lawsuit in Supreme Court”. CNN. Archived from the original on December 12, 2020. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
  15. ^ Smith, David (December 12, 2020). “Supreme court rejects Trump-backed Texas lawsuit aiming to overturn election results”. The Guardian. Retrieved December 13, 2020.
  16. ^ “Pelosi Statement on Supreme Court Rejecting GOP Election Sabotage Lawsuit” (Press release). Speaker Nancy Pelosi. December 11, 2020. Retrieved December 13, 2020.
  17. ^ Williams, Jordan (December 11, 2020). “Democrat asks Pelosi to refuse to seat lawmakers supporting Trump’s election challenges”. TheHill. Archived from the original on December 12, 2020. Retrieved December 12, 2020.

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Preceded by

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan’s 4th congressional district

2015–present
Incumbent
U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by

United States representatives by seniority
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Recent Elections

2020 US Representative for 4th

John Moolenaar (L)178,51062.6%
Jerry Hillard (D)106,54037.4%
TOTAL285,050

Source: Ballotpedia

Finances

MOOLENAAR, JOHN R has run in 8 races for public office, winning 7 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $4,907,912.

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Committees

Congressman John Moolenaar is on the following committees:

House Committee on Appropriations

House Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies

House Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies

Legislation

Learn more about legislation sponsored and co-sponsored by Congressman Moolenaar.

Issues

Governance

Budget

The hardworking families of mid and northern Michigan understand how to balance their checkbook and it’s about time the federal government does the same. Excessive spending in Washington has been unchecked for too long, and as a result, our nation faces over $20 trillion in debt. Plain and simple, our obligations are growing faster than our ability to pay them.

We must find a way to get the federal government’s spending under control and restore confidence in our economy. As a member of the House Committee on Appropriations, I support legislation that promotes fiscal responsibility, accountability and puts our nation on a brighter path for our children and grandchildren. Ultimately, I believe the strength of our economy is the thousands of people and businesses like those in Michigan’s Fourth District, not with government spending.

Foreign Affairs

American leadership ensures global stability. We must use all possible diplomatic tools to partner with our allies and further the interests of the American people. We must also hold countries and organizations accountable for their actions and use sanctions when necessary to show the resolve of United States to stand up to rogue regimes that wish to harm our country.

Civil Rights

Life and Adoption

I believe that everyone has an unalienable right to life and that life begins at conception. We must work to protect life and ensure that every child has the opportunity to live life to the fullest.

Second Amedment

As a supporter of the Second Amendment, I believe the right to bear arms is a fundamental principle upon which the founders built our nation. This right must be preserved for future generations.

Democracy

Accountability

Congress should lead by example to reduce federal spending and the national debt. Since 2010, Congress has passed legislation to freeze the pay of legislators. Members of Congress and their staff are also required to participate in the health care exchanges set up by the Affordable Care Act.

Economy

Jobs and the Economy

Energy

Education

Scientific and technological discoveries have made our country a global economic leader. I support efforts aimed at spurring innovation, which will lead to economic growth and create jobs for the American people. Additionally, I believe we should encourage our children to become the scientists and engineers of tomorrow. I support efforts to increase access to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs in order to inspire children to pursue these fields.

Environment

Great Lakes

I strongly support the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). Since the initiative was launched in 2010, GLRI funds have been used to support over 3,000 restoration projects to improve water quality, protect and restore native habitat, fight invasive species, and prevent beach closings. I will continue to work across the aisle to ensure funding for protecting the Great Lakes.

Health Care

I am a member of the House Appropriations Committee and the subcommittee with oversight of HHS and its response to the opioid crisis. I support funding for states to combat the opioid crisis and I have also backed legislation funding research into new pain relief treatments so patients can safely recover without the risk of addiction. I have also supported funding that will help our country find cures for cancer and Alzheimer’s. These diseases rob us of our loved ones and we must continue research that will bring us closer to finding life-saving treatments.

Infrastructure

Transportation and Infrastructure

It is well known that Michigan put the world on wheels; however, Michigan is also home to the linchpin of the North American industrial economy, the Soo Locks. An extended, unscheduled closure of this single lock would have devastating effects felt across the country. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers must work with Congress and local stakeholders to build a replacement lock. I am committed to working with the Corps and my colleagues in Congress to bring this vital project to fruition.

Social Security

I believe that Congress must keep the promises made to our nation’s seniors. While many programs, like Social Security and Medicare, face problems with their long-term financial solvency, any changes to these programs must should only be made if they do not affect the benefits retirees and individuals nearing retirement receive.

Veterans

Our nation’s veterans and wounded warriors have sacrificed in defense of our country. Their dedication and commitment, along with that of their families, has ensured our freedom and should never be taken for granted.

Our veterans deserve the absolute highest quality medical care and benefits for their service. We must ensure that returning military members have access to every benefit they have been promised, As such, Congress should focus on stringent oversight of the VA to ensure veterans are getting the services they need. I will continue to put our veterans first, and fight for legislation that removes barriers for our returning veterans.