U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga (HIGH-zen-guh) represents the 2nd District of Michigan, which stretches along the beautiful West Coast of Michigan from Fennville to Frankfort. He was elected to his first term in Congress on November 3, 2010.
Huizenga is a proven leader in the drive for efficient government, common sense reform in regulation and lowering taxes. In Congress, he is focused on removing government barriers to private-sector job creation and economic growth, cutting government spending, ensuring transparency, and rebuilding the bonds of trust between the American people and their representatives in Washington.
Selected to serve on the exclusive House Financial Services Committee, Huizenga is the highest-ranking freshman member. The Committee has jurisdiction over all issues pertaining to: the economy, the banking system, housing, insurance, and securities and exchanges, and also oversees monetary policy, international finance, international monetary organizations, and efforts to combat terrorist financing. Huizenga was named to three subcommittees, where he will focus on: Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit; International Monetary Policy and Trade; and Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology.
Huizenga got his start in both business and politics as a child at the dinner table, where the family was encouraged to discuss both - even if they didnít always agree. He attended Holland Christian High School, and received his bachelorís degree in Political Science from Calvin College. He made his first real estate investment during college, and worked in the private sector as a Realtor and entrepreneur.
He became deeply familiar with issues and communities across West Michigan when he began working for Congressman Pete Hoekstra as Director of Public Policy in 1997, where he represented the Congressman in the 2nd District.
As co-owner of Huizenga Gravel, Inc., in Jenison, MI, he intimately understands the regulatory and tax issues small business owners face, having first-hand experience as its owner since 1999.
In 2002, Huizenga felt the call for public service, running and being elected to serve the southern portion of Ottawa County, Michiganís 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.
Huizenga was born and raised in Zeeland, Michigan, where he currently resides with his wife, Natalie, and their five children. His children were the reason he ran for public office. They inspired him to strive for an environment of prosperity for their generation, too; one that encourages job creation through private sector growth, cuts spending, reduces the size of government and keeps Americans safe at home and abroad.