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Senate confirms former congressman as Netherlands ambassador

November 10, 2017

FILE - In this March 8, 2016 file photo, U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra R-Mich., introduces Republican presidential candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich in Lansing, Mich. The U.S. Senate confirmed former Republican Congressman Hoekstra to serve as the U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017. First elected to Congress in 1992, Hoekstra was born in the Netherlands and moved to the U.S. with his family when he was 3. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Senate has confirmed former Republican Congressman Pete Hoekstra (HUK’-struh) to serve as the U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands.

Hoekstra was confirmed on Thursday. He previously served as chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and was the ranking Republican on the Committee until 2011.

First elected to Congress in 1992, Hoekstra was born in the Netherlands and moved to the U.S. with his family when he was 3. He was an executive with Michigan-based office furniture maker Herman Miller and later ran unsuccessful campaigns for Michigan governor and U.S. Senate.

President Donald Trump nominated Hoekstra for the ambassador post earlier this year.

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