|U.S. Senate, Michigan|
|U.S. House, Michigan, District 2|
|Master's||University of Michigan|
|Place of birth||Netherlands|
|Profession||Former U.S. Representative|
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was a 2012 Republican
candidate who sought election to the U.S. Senate
. Hoekstra was a Republican
candidate for the Michigan 2010 gubernatorial elections
. He lost the Republican bid to Rick Snyder
in the August 3 primary along with Mike Cox
, Tom George
and Mike Bouchard
Pete Hoekstra for Congress campaign logo.
Hoekstra graduated from Hope College and then earned his M.B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1975. Hoekstra started his career at Herman Miller in Zeeland, Michigan. In 1992, Hoekstra was elected to Congress, where he served until 2010. 
- See also: United States Senate elections in Michigan, 2012
Hoekstra lost to incumbent Debbie Stabenow Hoekstra ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Michigan.  He defeated Clark Durant, Gary Glenn, and Randy Hekman in the August 7, 2012, Republican primary. He will face incumbent Debbie Stabenow (D), Scotty Boman (L), Harley Mikkelson (G), Richard Matkin (UST), and John Litle (NLP) in the general election on November 6, 2012.
An October 2012 article in The Daily named Hoekstra one of the 20 worst candidates in 2012.
|Debbie Stabenow vs. Pete Hoekstra
||(September 20, 2012)||Average|
|Margin of error
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Above is a breakdown of funds for the 2012 election, according to source.
Hoekstra lost the U.S. Senate election in 2012. During that election cycle, Hoekstra's campaign committee raised a total of $5,840,334 and spent $5,646,406.
|United States Senate, 2012 - Pete Hoekstra Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Winner
|Total Spent by Election Winner
|Top contributors to Pete Hoekstra's campaign committee|
|Dickstein Shapiro LLP||$20,999|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Securities & Investment||$612,970|
During the 2012 Super Bowl, Hoekstra ran a campaign ad featuring a young Chinese woman speaking in broken English. The woman states, “Debbie spend so much American money. You borrow more and more from us. Your economy get very weak. Ours get very good. We take your jobs. Thank you Debbie Spend-it-now.” Hoekstra then appears, sitting by a fire, and says, “I think this race is between Debbie Spenditnow and Pete Spenditnot.” The ad was met with immediate criticism as being racist.
Hoekstra has been married to his wife, Diane, for over thirty years. They live in Holland, MI.
- ↑ Pete Spend It Not "Meet Pete" May 30, 2012
- ↑ Politico "2012 Election Map, Michigan"
- ↑ The Grand Rapids Press "U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow beats Republican Pete Hoekstra by 10 points, says Dem-sponsored poll," Accessed January 5, 2012
- ↑ Associated Press primary results
- ↑ The Daily, "The worst candidates of 2012," October 29, 2012
- ↑ Open Secrets " 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 2013
- ↑ Washington Post, "Pete Hoekstra’s China ad provokes accusations of racism," February 6, 2012
- ↑ Official Campaign Site "Meet Pete," Accessed February 11, 2012