Pete Hoekstra

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Pete Hoekstra
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Candidate for
U.S. Senate, Michigan
Prior offices
U.S. House, Michigan, District 2
Bachelor'sHope College
Master'sUniversity of Michigan
Place of birthNetherlands
ProfessionFormer U.S. Representative
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Pete Hoekstra was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. Senate from Michigan. 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. [1]



See also: United States Senate elections in Michigan, 2012

Hoekstra lost to incumbent Debbie Stabenow[2] Hoekstra ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Michigan. [3] 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.[4]

An October 2012 article in The Daily named Hoekstra one of the 20 worst candidates in 2012.[5]


Debbie Stabenow vs. Pete Hoekstra
Poll Debbie Stabenow Pete HoekstraNeitherUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
(September 20, 2012)
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Campaign donors


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.[6]


China ad

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.[7]


Hoekstra has been married to his wife, Diane, for over thirty years. They live in Holland, MI.[8]

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