Hoekstra won't run for another term

U.S. Representative Peter Hoekstra is announcing this next term in congress will be his last. Read more
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Since: Jun 08

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#25 Dec 15, 2008
He said that before, and guess what he did? He ran again. Wishy washy. IMO he is putting out his feelers for the governorship. Too much campaigning and not enough work going on with all of our elected officials.
tom

Greenville, MI

#26 Dec 16, 2008
John M wrote:
<quoted text> He sure caved on the Wall Street bailout the second time around the voting table and what changed in the bill from the first one? Pork! Yeah this is exactly who I want to Govern my state. Then after he supports giving Wall Street 800 billion, he votes no on giving the Big Three 15? Yeah Pete you go right ahead and run.
amen. could work at the casino, but it isn't there. being dutch, could go bakc to herman miller? no, they're laying off. haworth maybe? no, they're laying off too, same with steelcase. hmmm, how about back to
DC and be a lobbyist?
Tom

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#27 Dec 16, 2008
Hurley35 wrote:
He said this over 16 years ago. He promised that he would serve no more than 2 terms if he was elected. I guess he really wanted those life-time pension and health care bennies that Congresspeople receive first. I'll believe it when I see it.
I heard a person only has to serve two years in congress or Senate and they're eligible for a lifetime pension?
Tom

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#28 Dec 16, 2008
KCGR wrote:
Too much campaigning and not enough work going on with all of our elected officials.
Heck, not even the elected, most of the higher ups in govt period. But you're right, it's mostly elected. I wish they feared the public like they used to, and we had like a committee of people that could overide the govt and fire people if we felt they werent doing an efficient job, or played favorites to their friends, corruption etc. We need a govt again that fears the people. These govt people just want to keep making the government bigger. Pretty soon, they'll want to hire their own kids to find them a secure job.

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Since: Jan 08

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#29 Dec 16, 2008
Tom wrote:
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I heard a person only has to serve two years in congress or Senate and they're eligible for a lifetime pension?
Nope, they are vested in their pension after 5 years. So two terms wouldn't do it for Hoekstra or any Representative (Senators who are elected for 6 years would receive the pension after only 1 term). Hoekstra would need to serve at least 3 terms to be eligible. No wonder he broke his two term promise! I think He's on his 7th or 8th term.

I briefly looked but I couldn't find how many years it takes for a Michigan State Representative or Senator to be vested in their state pension. If anyone has this information it would be appreciated.
tom

Greenville, MI

#30 Dec 16, 2008
Tom wrote:
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I heard a person only has to serve two years in congress or Senate and they're eligible for a lifetime pension?
with lifetime healthcare(ridiculous) and a pension paid for by the taxpayers,
and having enjoyed a cushy govt job for 18years, he's moving on to something else. how suprising is that? given bad shape we're in, and the way govt has failed us miserably in recent years to the condition that we're in today. don't be suprised if more of em decide to 'move on, keeping our options open'.......please.
tom

Greenville, MI

#31 Dec 16, 2008
Hurley35 wrote:
<quoted text>Nope, they are vested in their pension after 5 years. So two terms wouldn't do it for Hoekstra or any Representative (Senators who are elected for 6 years would receive the pension after only 1 term). Hoekstra would need to serve at least 3 terms to be eligible. No wonder he broke his two term promise! I think He's on his 7th or 8th term.
I briefly looked but I couldn't find how many years it takes for a Michigan State Representative or Senator to be vested in their state pension. If anyone has this information it would be appreciated.
pretty sure it's 2 terms, but, the job should not provide lifetime healthcare/pension. it should be short-term as intended for one. for another, we DON'T have the money.......hello.

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Since: Jan 08

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#32 Dec 16, 2008
tom wrote:
<quoted text> pretty sure it's 2 terms, but, the job should not provide lifetime healthcare/pension. it should be short-term as intended for one. for another, we DON'T have the money.......hello.
2 terms for State Reps and Senators?

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