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Rep. Bill Huizenga

Representative for Michigan’s 2nd District

pronounced bil // HĪ-zing-guh


Huizenga is the representative for Michigan’s 2nd congressional district (view map) and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 5, 2011. Huizenga is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.

Huizenga is among the Republican legislators whose attempt to disenfranchise Democratic states in the 2020 presidential election was a part of the months-long attempted coup that included the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the Capitol. Shortly after the 2020 election, Huizenga joined a case before the Supreme Court calling for all the votes for president in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin — states that were narrowly won by Democrats — to be discounted based on lies, conspiracy theories, and a preposterous legal argument which the Supreme Court rejected. Following the rejection of several related cases before the Supreme Court, another legislator who joined the case called for violence.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

Rep. Huizenga was accused of failing to complete security screening on Aug. 25, 2021 and fined $5,000 by the House Committee on Ethics. Huizenga has yet to appeal the fine.

Aug. 25, 2021 House Committee on Ethics announced the fine.

In 2019, Huizenga was accused of accepting campaign contributions from staff and making improper campaign expenditures. In August, the Office of Congressional Ethics recommended further review by the House Committee on Ethics. In November, the House Committee on Ethics published the Office of Congressional Ethics Report.

Aug. 16, 2019 Office of Congressional Ethics recommended further review by the House Committee on Ethics.
Nov. 14, 2019 House Committee on Ethics published the Office of Congressional Ethics Report.
Photo of Rep. Bill Huizenga [R-MI2]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2020 Report Card for Huizenga.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Huizenga is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Huizenga has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Oct 12, 2021. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

United States Chamber of Commerce: 92% The Club for Growth: 82% The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws: D League of Conservation Voters: 3% Human Rights Campaign: 0% Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 0%

Committee Membership

Bill Huizenga sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Huizenga was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:

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Does 5 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Huizenga sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Finance and Financial Sector (55%) International Affairs (14%) Health (14%) Labor and Employment (9%) Taxation (9%)

Recent Bills

Some of Huizenga’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Huizenga voted Nay

Passed 410/13 on Dec 5, 2019.

Huizenga voted Nay

Huizenga voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of ...

Huizenga voted Yea

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December ...

Huizenga voted Aye

Huizenga voted Nay

Huizenga voted No

Huizenga voted Nay

Passed 378/11 on Jul 17, 2012.

Huizenga voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack ...

Huizenga voted No

Missed Votes

From Jan 2011 to Oct 2021, Huizenga missed 174 of 6,614 roll call votes, which is 2.6%. This is on par with the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

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