US Senate confirms Pete Hoekstra as Netherlands ambassador


The U.S. Senate has confirmed former Republican Congressman Pete Hoekstra to serve as the U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands.

Hoekstra was confirmed on Thursday. President Donald Trump nominated Hoekstra for the ambassador post earlier this year.

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 the Zeeland-based furniture maker Herman Miller and later ran unsuccessful campaigns for Michigan governor and U.S. Senate.

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