Michigan Rep. Pete Hoekstra to Retire in 2010
From a post put quietly on Hoekstra’s campaign Website this morning:
We would like to let you personally know that we have decided that this past election will signify my last term in the House of Representatives. In 2010 it will be time for us to move on to new challenges.
Hoekstra says he’s eying a run to become Michigan’s governor.
First elected in 1992, the former Fortune-500 executive ran on a reform platform, but hasn’t always kept to the script. He went back on his vow to stay in Washington only 12 years, for example, and veered from another promise not to accept money from political action committees, or PACs.
In 2004, Hoekstra was named head of the House intelligence committee, where he rankled Democrats with a disputed 2006 report that the U.S. military had discovered hundreds of WMDs in Iraq. Another 2006 report coming out of the Hoekstra-led intelligence committee found that Iran was well on its way to procucing a nuclear weapon — an assertion blasted by the United Nations as “erroneous” and “misleading.”
Even Hoekstra seems to acknowledge the prickly nature of his tenure. “While I know that on any given day there would be differences on policy, I tried to insure that disagreements would not become disagreeable,” his statement reads. “Civility and respect are cornerstones of our democracy. That has always been my goal and my vision. I recognize that on some days I came up short. I apologize for that.”