|U.S. Senate, Michigan|
|U.S. House, Michigan, District 2|
|Master's||University of Michigan|
|Place of birth||Netherlands|
|Profession||Former U.S. Representative|
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. 
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|
|Poll||Debbie Stabenow||Pete Hoekstra||Neither||Undecided||Margin of Error||Sample Size|
|(September 20, 2012)||53%||37%||3%||7%||+/-4.5||500|
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|2010 Race for Governor - Republican Primary|
|Mike Bouchard (R)||12.16%|
|Mike Cox (R)||22.96%|
|Tom George (R)||1.62%|
|Pete Hoekstra (R)||26.84%|
|Rick Snyder (R)||36.42%|
|United States Senate, 2012 - Pete Hoekstra Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Winner||$14,376,142|
|Total Spent by Election Winner||$13,434,824|
|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.
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- Hoekstraforsenate.com 2012 Campaign website
The Internet Archive's Wayback Machine was used to recall this version of the website from August 5, 2010.
- 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
- Michigan Department of State, "Unofficial Primary 2010 Election Results,Governor", accessed August 4, 2010
- 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