WASHINGTON, DC (WHTC News) - It can be seen as either a logistical necessity or as a step of spite. Either way, Pete Hoekstra apparently won't be given a gradual exit out of Capitol Hill.
In a statement released today, Hoekstra said that, "The ability of my office in Washington to respond to constituent concerns will begin to diminish beginning on Dec. 1. The Speaker of the House is forcing my staff from my official office while Congress is still in session. It is unfortunate that she is doing so, but that is the reality in which we are working."
With over 60 new members of the House arriving in January, getting them settled into their new digs apparently has taken precedence. Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi will relinquish those duties as well, with Republicans assuming majority control of that chamber. Hoekstra is stepping down after nine terms and 18 years.
"We will continue to work hard at responding to questions and concerns that arise as we have always done," Hoekstra continued in his statement. "Through the month of December, however, a more effective means of doing so will be by contacting my staff in Holland."
That contact can be made via phone at (616) 395-0030. The Holland office is located at 184 S. River Ave., Holland, MI 49423.