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Office of

Peter Hoekstra


Total cost of 24 office trips: $37,224.55


Trips by Peter Hoekstra
Total cost of congressperson's 10 trips: $25,194.95

Destination: ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL MISSION
Date: Jan 9, 2000 (9 days)
Expense: $10,214.00
source

Destination: DEPART DC: MARCH 10; SPEAK MARCH 11; RETURN MARCH 12
Sponsor: COUNCIL FOR NATIONAL POLICY ACTION, INC
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Mar 10, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,419.00
source

Destination: DEPART DC, MARCH 17 AM/RETURN TO GRAND RAPIDS, MI MARCH 17 PM
Sponsor: Constitutional Coalition
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Mar 17, 2000
Expense: $594.50
source

Destination: SPEAKING SEPT 24TH, CONF. OTHER TIME
Sponsor: American Foundry Society
Purpose: SPEAK REGARDING WORKFORCE/LABOR ISSUES
Date: Sep 23, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,648.64
source

Destination: MASS. INSTITUTE OF TECH., BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: TECHNET, MASSACHUSETTS; KEANE, INC.
Purpose: DISCUSSION W/ 20 LEADING NEW ENGLAND TECH EXECUTIVES REGARDING ISSUES IMPACTING THE NEW ECONOMY, INC. INTERNET TAXATION, TRADE, HIB VISAS
Date: Oct 2, 2000
Expense: $1,244.85
source

Destination: BALTIMORE
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL PURPOSE
Date: Jan 4, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $365.00
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 28, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $156.00
source

Destination: ORLANDO, FL
Sponsor: PRECISION METALFORMING ASSOCIATION
Purpose: SPEAKING AT PMA 2003 ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Oct 24, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,336.50
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO TEL AVIV, ISRAEL TO AMMAN, JORDAN TO NEW YORK, NY TO DETROIT, MI TO GRAND RAPIX, MI
Sponsor: International Foundation
Purpose: TO BUILD BRIDGES OF FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN THE LEADERSHIP OF THE UNITED STATES AND ISRAEL AND THE UNITED STATES AND JORDAN.
Date: Dec 9, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $7,888.25
source

Destination: DC-CONSERVATIVE MEMBERS RETREAT IN CAMBRIDGE, MD
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 21, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $328.21
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Peter Hoekstra

Rebecca Hunt
Rebecca Jones
John Mcdonald
Greg Vanwoerkom
Justin Wormmeester



American RadioWorks |
(Photos: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library)

The First Family of Radio

When Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected president in 1932, he and first lady Eleanor Roosevelt both used the new medium of radio to reach into American homes like never before. They rallied the nation to combat the Great Depression and fight fascism. The Roosevelts forged an uncommonly personal relationship with the people. This documentary explores how FDR and ER's use of radio revolutionized the way Americans relate to the White House and its occupants.

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  • 11.24.14

    Academic Fraud and College Athletics

    Last month the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill released a report that showed evidence of nearly two decades of academic fraud perpetuated by the school’s Afro-American Studies Department. An investigation found certain professors and administrators had an unwritten policy of “propping up” student athletes. This week on the podcast, we look at academic fraud at colleges with high-stakes sports programs.
  • 11.17.14

    The Utility of a PhD

    Humanities professors at colleges and universities are re-thinking what it means to offer a PhD. The old model is proving unsustainable. It takes an average nine years to get a doctorate, but less than 60 percent of PhDs are finding tenure-track teaching jobs. This week, we look at a new report recommending academics view doctoral programs in a new light.
  • 11.10.14

    Radio: FDR’s ‘Natural Gift’

    President Franklin D. Roosevelt was a radio natural. He spoke in a confident, informal way, using simple words and phrases that were easy to grasp.
  • 11.12.14

    The Roosevelts as a political team

    Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt were not the first White House couple to act as political partners, but they were the first to do so in such a public fashion.