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Peter Hoekstra

Peter "Pete" Hoekstra (born October 30, 1953) is a Dutch-born American politician from the U.S. state of Michigan. A Republican, Hoekstra has represented the Michigan's 2nd congressional district[1] since taking office in 1993 following his win in the 1992 election.

Born Cornelius Peter Hoekstra in Groningen in the Netherlands, Hoekstra emigrated to Holland, Michigan, U.S., at the age of three with his family when his first name was dropped [2]. (Hoekstra's district has the largest concentration of Dutch Americans in the country.) Hoekstra attended Hope College, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1975 and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan Business School in 1977.

Prior to running for Congress, Hoekstra worked for office furniture manufacturer Herman Miller, eventually rising to vice president for marketing. In 1992, he ran in the Republican primary for the 2nd District, which had been renumbered from the 9th district after the 1990 Census.

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