Bill Huizenga (R)

Background:

Bill Huizenga is a member of the Republican Party running for reelection to represent Michigan’s 2nd Congressional District in the U.S. House. He first assumed office in January 2011.

Huizenga was born in Zeeland and graduated from Holland Christian High School in 1987. He earned his B.A. at Calvin College in 1991.

He started his career working as an aide to Representative Pete Hoekstra. From there, he went on to serve in the Michigan House of Representatives from 2003 to 2008. He currently serves on the Committee on Financial Services.

Huizenga lives in Zeeland with his wife Natalie and their five children. To learn more, check out his campaign website. 

Endorsements:

Michigan Right to Life

National Right to Life

Michigan Farm Bureau

National Rifle Association (NRA)

The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste PAC

FRC Action PAC (Family Research Council)

Michigan Association of Police Organizations

US Chamber of Commerce

Sponsored Legislation:

H.R.7912 – Introduced 7/31/2020: Increasing National Patient Access To Improved Effective Necessary Mental Health Treatment Act of 2020 or the INPATIENT Act of 2020. This bill requires the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to establish programs that test the impact of expanding the coverage of certain psychiatric services under Medicaid.

H.R.6629 – Patriot Bonus Tax Credit Act of 2020: This bill allows employers a employment tax credit for qualified bonuses paid to their employees after March 12, 2020, and before January 1, 2021. The credit is equal to 50% of such bonuses paid in a calendar quarter taking into account not more than $25,000 for any employee for all calendar quarters.

H.R.6433 – Helping Emergency Responders Overcome Emergency Situations Act of 2020 or the HEROES Act of 2020: This bill excludes from gross income, for income tax purposes, wages and other income up to $50,000 of qualified first responders for the period beginning on February 15, 2020, and ending on June 15, 2020. A qualified first responder is any individual (1) who is a physician, nurse, pharmacist, law enforcement officer, corrections officer, firefighter, emergency medical technician, or paramedic who provides services in a county with at least one confirmed case of COVID-19 (i.e., coronavirus disease 2019); or (2) who provides services in a licensed medical or care facility located in such county.

Issues:

The Economy: “As a small business owner, I understand what American job creators need: less interference and lower taxes. That is why my number one priority in Congress is to promote an atmosphere for job creation, economic growth, and higher wages for families across West Michigan.” Huizenga believes in enacting a Balanced Budget Amendment to prevent the federal government from spending outside its means.

Pro-Life: “Protecting life beginning with conception is a value that cannot be compromised and something that I will continue to fight for.” Huizenga is pro-life and served as his church’s Right to Life representative for 10 years.

Energy & Environment: “Our nation is in the midst of an energy boom. Affordable, reliable energy has never been more accessible. This keeps costs down, creates jobs, and protects us from relying on foreign nations to meet our energy needs. At the same time, we must strike a balance between economic growth and protecting our environment.” Huizenga says he believes in a responsible ‘all of the above’ approach to increasing energy supplies. He does not elaborate on any specific plan to achieve this.

Top Donors (as of Sept. 21):

Votesane PAC

Amway/Alticor Inc

New York Life Insurance

Captrust Finanacial Advisors

Rock Holdings

*Donor information comes from opensecrets.org. Please note: The organizations themselves did not donate, rather the money came from the organizations’ PACs, their individual members or employees or owners, and those individuals’ immediate families.