|Hoekstra, left, with wife Diane and Vice President Mike Pence|
By Brandon Hall
(Email Him At WestMIPolitics@Gmail.com)
Former Congressman Pete Hoekstra was officially sworn in to be President Trump's Ambassador to the Netherlands in a ceremony led by Vice President Pence earlier today.
Hoekstra, who was born in the Netherlands, proved his loyalty to Trump repeatedly during the 2016 campaign.
In addition to serving as a Trump Co-Chair in Michigan, Hoekstra was frequently a national surrogate for Trump in major media interviews.
Hoekstra also emceed multiple Trump/Pence rallies across Michigan, and he was a regular at campaign offices throughout the Great Lakes State. Hoekstra even advised President Trump on key national security issues throughout the campaign, and spent time with Trump on his plane.
Hoekstra retired from his Congressional seat in 2010 to run for Governor, falling short to Rick Snyder in the primary. He then took on Debbie Stabenow in the 2012 Senate race.
West Michigan Politics first broke the news that Hoekstra was about to be named Ambassador to the Netherlands weeks before it was announced publicly.
|Hoekstra and Trump/Pence Michigan Deputy State Director CJ Galdes at a Mike Pence rally in Holland (DarKen Photography)|
Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.
>>>Email him at WestMIPolitics@Gmail.com