The Honorable Pete Hoekstra is an IPT Shillman Senior Fellow, specializing in national security, international relations, global terrorism and cyber security.
Mr. Hoekstra served in the United States Congress for 18 years, representing Michigan’s 2nd Congressional District from 1993 to 2011. After leaving the House, he became a senior advisor at Dickstein Shapiro LLP, consulting on intelligence and national security, education, and labor matters. He serves on the Board of Directors of Gentex, Inc. and West Michigan Community Bank, and the Advisory Boards of Newsmax and TransCertain.
Congressman Hoekstra was named chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in 2004 and held the post until January 2007. He served as the top Republican on the committee until January 2011. He was responsible for helping to lead Congressional oversight of U.S. intelligence during its modernization to confront the threats of the 21st century global war on terror, including restructuring the intelligence community with landmark legislation following the 9-11 Commission report. Prior to his appointment as committee chairman, Pete served as chairman of the Subcommittee on Technical and Tactical Intelligence.
Congressman Hoekstra is a graduate of Holland Christian Schools. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Hope College and a master’s of Business Administration from the University of Michigan. He was born in Groningen, the Netherlands, and immigrated to Michigan with his family at the age of 3.