Bill Huizenga Committee Assignments 1

U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga (HIGH-zen-guh) represents the 2nd District of Michigan, which stretches from Kentwood to the lakeshore and up the coast of Lake Michigan from Holland to Ludington. Huizenga was first elected to Congress in 2010 and is currently serving in his second term.

Congressman Huizenga is a proven leader in efforts to protect life, limit government, and enact common sense regulatory and tax reform. During his time in Congress, he has focused on removing government barriers to private-sector job creation and economic growth, cutting government spending, ensuring transparency, and rebuilding the bonds of trust between the American people and their representatives in Washington.

Huizenga will be returning to serve a second term on the prestigious House Financial Services Committee. The Committee has jurisdiction over all issues pertaining to: the banking system, housing, insurance, and securities and exchanges. Additionally the committee also oversees monetary policy, international finance, international monetary organizations, and efforts to combat terrorist financing.

This Congress, Congressman Huizenga has been selected to be Vice-Chairman of the Monetary Policy and Trade Subcommittee. As Vice Chair, Congressman Huizenga will assist Subcommittee Chairman John Campbell (CA-45) in running committee hearings and essential committee operations.

The subcommittee has jurisdiction over legislation pertaining to: economic growth and stabilization; domestic monetary policy, including the effect of such policy and other financial actions on interest rates, the allocation of credit, and the structure and functioning of domestic financial institutions; coins, coinage, currency, and medals, including commemorative coins and medals, proof and mint sets and other special coins, and counterfeiting; international trade; the International Monetary Fund (IMF); and international investment policies, both as they relate to United States investments for trade purposes by citizens of the United States and investments made by all foreign entities in the United States.

Huizenga got his start in both business and politics as a child sitting at the dinner table, where his family was encouraged to discuss both – even if they didn’t always agree. Huizenga attended Holland Christian High School, and received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Calvin College. He made his first real estate investment during college, and worked in the private sector as a Realtor and entrepreneur.

He became deeply familiar with issues and communities across West Michigan when he began working for Congressman Pete Hoekstra as Director of Public Policy in 1997. As co-owner of Huizenga Gravel, Inc., in Jenison, MI, he intimately understands the regulatory and tax issues small business owners face, having first-hand experience as its owner since 1999.

In 2002, Huizenga felt the call for public service, running and being elected to serve the southern portion of Ottawa County, Michigan’s 90th District, in the Michigan House of Representatives. There, he served in elected leadership roles as well as Chairman of the Commerce Committee. He was re-elected until term-limited out in 2008.

Huizenga was born and raised in Zeeland, Michigan, where he currently resides with his wife, Natalie, and their five children. His children were the reason he ran for public office. They inspired him to strive for an environment of prosperity for their generation, too; one that encourages job creation through private sector growth, cuts spending, reduces the size of government and keeps Americans safe at home and abroad.


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Top Contributors, 2017 - 2018

ContributorTotalIndividualsPACs
Nasdaq Inc$16,000$11,000$5,000
Cantor Fitzgerald$14,450$14,450$0
Rock Holdings$12,600$8,100$4,500
MetLife Inc$12,000$0$12,000
Paul Hastings LLP$12,000$0$12,000

Top Industries, 2017 - 2018

IndustryTotalIndividualsPACs
Securities & Investment$176,138$36,900$139,238
Insurance$120,633$250$120,383
Real Estate$74,175$10,675$63,500
Commercial Banks$67,798$800$66,998
Lawyers/Law Firms$34,798$8,091$26,707

Total Raised vs. Average Raised

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NOTE: All the numbers on this page are for the 2017 - 2018 election cycle and based on Federal Election Commission data released electronically on 03/13/18 for Fundraising totals, Source of Funds and Total Raised vs Average, and on 02/20/18 for Top Contributors and Industries.  ("Help! The numbers don't add up...")

WHY DON'T THE NUMBERS ADD UP?

Sometimes it's hard to make apple-to-apple comparisons across some of the pages in a candidate's profile. Here's why:

Summary numbers - specifically "Total Raised and Spent" and "PAC/Individual Split" - are based on summary reports filed by the candidates with the Federal Election Commission. All other numbers in these profiles ("Quality of Disclosure," "Geography" and "Special Interests") are derived from detailed FEC reports that itemize all contributions of $200 or more.

There is also a time lag in posting the information. While summary numbers are reported almost immediately by the FEC -- and listed quickly on OpenSecrets -- processing and analyzing the detailed records takes much longer. For that reason, summary numbers are usually higher (and more current) than the numbers based on detailed records.

HOW CURRENT ARE THESE FIGURES?

The figures in these profiles are taken from databases uploaded by the FEC to the internet on the first day of every month. Those databases are only as current as the FEC has been able to compile by that date (see the note above about lag times for data entry).

The Center updates figures for "Total Raised and Spent" and for "PAC/Individual Split" a few days after the first of the month. The remaining figures - based on detailed contribution data - is updated by the Center after the 20th of every month. This gives us time to analyze the contributions and categorize them by industry and interest group.

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. Organization totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.

Why (and How) We Use Donors' Employer/Occupation Information

The organizations listed as "Top Contributors" reached this list for one of two reasons: either they gave through a political action committee sponsored by the organization, or individuals connected with the organization contributed directly to the candidate.

Under federal law, all contributions over $200 must be itemized and the donor's occupation and employer must be requested and disclosed, if provided. The Center uses that employer/occupation information to identify the donor's economic interest. We do this in two ways:

  • First, we apply a code to the contribution, identifying the industry. Totals for industries (and larger economic sectors) can be seen in each candidate and race profile, and in the Industry Profile section of the OpenSecrets website.
  • Second, we standardize the name of the donor's employer. If enough contributions came in from people connected with that same employer, the organization's name winds up on the Top Contributor list.

Of course, it is impossible to know either the economic interest that made each individual contribution possible or the motivation for each individual giver. However, the patterns of contributions provide critical information for voters, researchers and others. That is why Congress mandated that candidates and political parties request employer information from contributors and publicly report it when the contributor provides it.

In some cases, a cluster of contributions from the same organization may indicate a concerted effort by that organization to "bundle" contributions to the candidate. In other cases—both with private companies and with government agencies, non-profits and educational institutions—the reason for the contributions may be completely unrelated to the organization.

Showing these clusters of contributions from people associated with particular organizations provides a valuable—and unique—way of understanding where a candidate is getting his or her financial support. Knowing those groups is also useful after the election, as issues come before Congress and the administration that may affect those organizations and their industries.

METHODOLOGY

The figures profiled here include money from two sources: These contributors were either the sponsors of a PAC that gave to the politician, or they were listed as an individual donor's employer. Donors who give more than $200 to any federal candidate, PAC or party committee must list their occupation and employer. Based on that information, the donor is given an economic code. These totals are conservative, as not all of the individual contributions have yet been classified by the Center.

In cases where two or more people from the same family contributed, the income-earner's occupation/employer is assigned to all non-wage earning family members. If, for instance, Henry Jones lists his employer as First National Bank, his wife Matilda lists "Homemaker" and 12-year old Tammy shows up as "Student," the Center would identify all their contributions as being related to the "First National Bank" since that's the source of the family's income.

Although individual contributions are generally categorized based on the donor's occupation/employer, in some cases individuals may be classified instead as ideological donors. A contribution to a candidate may be given an ideological code, rather than an economic code, if the contributor gives to an ideological political action committee AND the candidate has received money from PACs representing that same ideological interest.

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