WASHINGTON - Former U.S. Representative Pete Hoekstra has been tapped to be the United States' next ambassador to the Netherlands, according to a statement from the White House.
The announcement of President Donald Trump's intention to nominate Hoekstra for the position was made in a news release Monday evening.
Hoekstra was born in the Netherlands, but moved to West Michigan at a young age. He currently resides in Holland, Mich.
He served in Congress from 1993-2011, was the Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence from 2004 to 2007 and the ranking Republican on the Committee until 2011.
Hoekstra has degrees from Hope College and University of Michigan -- he also worked at Herman-Miller for 15 years.
Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga released this statement in support of Hoekstra's nomination:
“I want to congratulate my colleague, mentor, and friend Pete Hoekstra on his nomination to become our nation's Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Pete's heritage, deep-rooted ties to the Dutch community in West Michigan, and combination of public service and private sector experience make him uniquely qualified to serve as Ambassador to the Netherlands. I cannot think of a better person to further strengthen the relationship between the United States and the Netherlands than Pete Hoekstra.”
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