Bill Huizenga

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Bill Huizenga
Bill Huizenga.jpg
U.S. House, Michigan, District 2
In office
January 3, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 4
PredecessorPete Hoekstra (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,751,071
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Michigan House of Representatives
High schoolHolland Christian High School
Bachelor'sCalvin College
Date of birthJanuary 31, 1969
Place of birthZeeland, Michigan
Net worth$734,006
ReligionChristian Reformed
Office website
Campaign website
Bill Huizenga campaign logo
William P. "Bill" Huizenga (b. January 31, 1969 in Zeeland, Michigan) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Michigan's 2nd congressional district. Huizenga was first elected to the House in 2011.

He most recently won re-election in 2012. He defeated Democratic write-in Willie German, Jr., Mary Buzuma (L), William Opalicky (G), and Ronald Graeser in the general election on November 6, 2012.

Huizenga began his political career as an aide to Representative Pete Hoekstra from 1996 to 2002. He then served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 2003 to 2008.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Huizenga is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.


Huizenga was born in 1969 in Zeeland, Michigan. After graduating from Holland Christian High School in 1987, Huizenga went on to earn his B.A. at Calvin College in 1991.[1]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Benishek's political career[1]:

Prior to his political career, Huizenga worked as an administrator and small business owner.

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Huizenga serves on the following committees:[2]

  • Financial Services Committee
    • Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises
    • Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade


Huizenga served on the following House committees:[3]

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


Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Bill Huizenga endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [4]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Huizenga voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[5]

Campaign themes


The following are several issues that were outlined on Huizenga's campaign website.[6]

  • On Job Creation and the Economy

Excerpt: "It is not the government’s responsibility to create jobs. It is, however, the government’s responsibility to create a suitable environment for the private sector to succeed."[7]

  • On the Current Federal Debt Levels and a Balanced Budget Amendment

Excerpt: "Our nation is over $16 trillion dollars in debt. Not only is the total amount of debt incomprehensible, it’s unsustainable. I continue to support reining in government spending and enacting a Balanced Budget Amendment."[8]

  • Reforming the Tax Code

Excerpt: "I am a strong advocate of a Flat Tax system. Today’s tax system is an accounting disaster that limits investment, taxes death, and hampers business."[9]

  • On Reforming Social Security and Medicare

Excerpt: "Social Security is not sustainable without significant reform. No reforms or changes will affect anyone over the age of 55. Future benefits cannot be paid under current taxation levels."[10]

  • Sanctity of Life

Excerpt: "The sanctity of life is close to my heart and dear to my family. Protecting life beginning with conception is a value that cannot be compromised and something that I will continue to fight for as your voice in Washington, D.C."[11]

  • Immigration Reform

Excerpt: "I will continue to advocate for immigration reform that respects the rule of law, protects our borders, and does not provide amnesty. We should not reward those that have broken the law with citizenship."[12]

  • Healthcare

Excerpt: "While I remain fundamentally opposed to President Obama’s health care law, I stand ready to address the cost of health care through an incremental approach of common-sense solutions that puts patients, not Washington bureaucrats, in charge of their own health care decisions and allows employers the flexibility they require to provide coverage."[13]

  • On Protecting our Second Amendment Rights

Excerpt: "As a longtime gun-owner, I support the right of all law-abiding citizens to exercise their constitutional right to own firearms and use firearms for lawful purposes."[14]

  • Education

Excerpt: "Programs like No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top constitute an unwarranted and unhelpful intrusion into matters that the people of Michigan and other states can decide on their own. Only by returning the federal government to its constitutional role and expanding educational opportunities will we get our nation’s education system back on track."[15]

  • Environment

Excerpt: "As a member of the bipartisan Great Lakes Task Force, I continue to work closely with my Great Lakes colleagues to fight the introduction of non-native species."[16]



See also: Michigan's 2nd congressional district elections, 2012

Huizenga won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Michigan's 2nd District.[17] He ran unopposed in the August 7 Republican primary. He then defeated Democratic write-in Willie German, Jr., Mary Buzuma (L), William Opalicky (G), and Ronald Graeser in the general election on November 6, 2012.[18]

Bill Huizenga, "Bill means Business"[19]
U.S. House, Michigan District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Willie German, Jr. 34.2% 108,973
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBill Huizenga Incumbent 61.2% 194,653
     Libertarian Mary Buzuma 2.7% 8,750
     Green William Opalicky 0.9% 2,715
     UST Ronald Graeser 1% 3,176
Total Votes 318,267
Source: Michigan Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Awards and Endorsements

Huizenga's awards and endorsements for the 2012 election are listed below.[20]

  • Right to Life of Michigan
  • Michigan Agri-Business Association
  • Guardian of Small Business by NFIB
  • American Farm Bureau Federation’s “Friend of Farm Bureau”
  • FreedomWorks Freedom Fighter Award
  • American Conservative Union, Ratings Award for 2011
  • National Taxpayers Union (NTU), “2011 Taxpayers’ Friend Award”
  • US Chamber of Commerce’s “Spirit of Enterprise” Award
  • Club for Growth’s “Defender of Economic Freedom “
  • Michigan Restaurant Association
  • Michigan Chamber of Commerce
  • A perfect 100% from the American Security Council

Full history

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Huizenga is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Huizenga raised a total of $1,751,071 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 16, 2013.[22]

Bill Huizenga's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Michigan, District 2) Won $1,066,724
2010 US House (Michigan, District 2) Won $684,347
Grand Total Raised $1,751,071


Breakdown of funds according to source.

Huizenga won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Huizenga's campaign committee raised a total of $1,066,724 and spent $977,483.[23]


Breakdown of the source of Huizenga's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Huizenga won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Huizenga's campaign committee raised a total of $684,347 and spent $634,952.[24]


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Huizenga is a "far-right Republican" as of June 2013.[25]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Huizenga missed 26 of 1,695 roll call votes from Jan 2011 to Mar 2013, which is 1.5% of votes during that period. This is better than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.[26]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Huizenga paid his congressional staff a total of $892,607 in 2011. He ranked 111th on the list of the lowest paid Republican Representative Staff Salaries and he ranked 135th overall of the lowest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Michigan ranked 13th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[27]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Huizenga was one of nearly 25 percent of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Huizenga's staff was given an apparent $49,892.00 in bonus money.[28]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Huizenga's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $422,013 and $1,046,000. This averages to $734,006, which is a 0.3107% increase since 2010. This is lower than the 5,107,874.16 average net worth for Republican representatives in 2011. [29]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Huizenga's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $172,015 and $947,999. That averages to $560,007, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[30]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year, National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted, as compared to other members in the previous year. More information about the analysis process can be found on the vote ratings page.


According to the data released in 2013, Huizenga was ranked the 94th most conservative representative during 2012.[31]


According to the data released in 2012, Bill Huizenga was ranked the 47th most conservative representative during 2011.[32]

Voting with party


Bill Huizenga voted with the Republican Party 97.6% of the time, which ranked 82nd among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[33]


Huizenga lives in Zeeland, Michigan, with his wife, Natalie, and their five children.[34]

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External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Biographical Guide to Members of Congress "Bill Huizenga" Accessed December 11, 2011
  2., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  3. U.S. Congress House Clerk "House of Representatives Committee Assignments" Accessed December 11, 2011
  4. MLive, "U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga endorses Mitt Romney for the GOP presidential nomination," January 9, 2012
  5. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  6. Huizenga's Campaign Website, Issues (Accessed: October 5, 2012)
  7. Huizenga's Campaign Website, Issues (Accessed: October 5, 2012)
  8. Huizenga's Campaign Website, Issues (Accessed: October 5, 2012)
  9. Huizenga's Campaign Website, Issues (Accessed: October 5, 2012)
  10. Huizenga's Campaign Website, Issues (Accessed: October 5, 2012)
  11. Huizenga's Campaign Website, Issues (Accessed: October 5, 2012)
  12. Huizenga's Campaign Website, Issues (Accessed: October 5, 2012)
  13. Huizenga's Campaign Website, Issues (Accessed: October 5, 2012)
  14. Huizenga's Campaign Website, Issues (Accessed: October 5, 2012)
  15. Huizenga's Campaign Website, Issues (Accessed: October 5, 2012)
  16. Huizenga's Campaign Website, Issues (Accessed: October 5, 2012)
  17. Politico "2012 Election Map, Michigan"
  18. Associated Press primary results
  19. YouTube channel
  20. Huizenga's Campaign Website, Endorsements (Accessed: October 5, 2012)
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  22. 'Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Bill Huizenga," Accessed May 16, 2013
  23. Open Secrets "Bill huizenga 2012 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed February 15, 2013
  24. Open Secrets "Bill Huizenga 2010 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed December 11, 2011
  25. Gov Track "Bill Huizenga," Accessed June 7 2013
  26. GovTrack, "Bill Huizenga" Accessed April 2013
  27. LegiStorm "Bill Huizenga"
  28. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  29., "Huizenga, (R-Michigan), 2011"
  30., "Huizenga, (R-Michigan), 2010"
  31. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  32. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  33. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  34. Official House Site "Biography," Accessed December 11, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Pete Hoekstra
U.S. House of Representatives - Michigan, District 2
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Michigan House of Representatives
Succeeded by