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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 who, by calling for entire states to be disenfranchised in the 2020 presidential election, fomented the terrorist attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021 that aimed to prevent the determination of the next president of the United States. 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, claiming that some voters there followed procedures set by the wrong state officials. The case amplified lies and conspiracy theories that fueled the movement that led to the attack on the Capitol. The Supreme Court rejected the case. Following the rejection of several cases before the Supreme Court, one legislator called for violence.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

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

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 Jan 21, 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 Human Rights Campaign: 0% League of Conservation Voters: 0% Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 0%

Enacted Legislation

Huizenga was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:

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Does 4 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 (43%) International Affairs (19%) Health (14%) Taxation (14%) Commerce (10%)

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 Jan 2021, Huizenga missed 168 of 6,317 roll call votes, which is 2.7%. This is on par with the median of 2.0% 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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