The Honorable Kurt D. Dykstra
Holland City Hall
270 South River Avenue
Kurt D. Dykstra has been a member of the City Council since 2005. He represented Holland’s fifth ward until November 2009 when he was elected as Holland’s 40th Mayor.
As Mayor, Kurt is the chief elected official in the City of Holland and one of nine members of the City Council. Kurt also serves on the Holland Planning Commission, Elections Commission, and is the chairperson of the City Manager Search Committee. Additionally, Kurt is the city’s representative to the Macatawa Area Coordinating Council and West Michigan Airport Authority. In the past, he has served as the Council's representative to the International Relations Commission, the Leisure and Cultural Services Commission, and the Housing Board of Appeals.
Kurt was born and raised in the small town of Oostburg, Wisconsin – a place, like Holland, settled predominantly by Dutch immigrants and nestled near the shores of Lake Michigan. He then attended Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, graduating magna cum laude. Thereafter he attended the Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee where he graduated first in his class and served as the editor in chief of the Marquette Law Review. He is an attorney at the Grand Rapids-based law firm of Warner Norcross & Judd LLP, residing in the firm’s downtown Holland office. Prior to moving to Holland in 2002, Kurt practiced law in a large, downtown Milwaukee law firm and served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Ann Walsh Bradley of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
He is a graduate of Leadership Holland, formerly served as the secretary to the board of directors at Community Action House, on the public policy subcommittee of the Holland Area Chamber of Commerce, and as a member of the building committee for Western Theological Seminary's Friendship House project. He also is an instructor in the departments of Political Science and Economics, Management and Accounting at Hope College, a member of the Wisconsin Board of Bar Examiners, a Trustee at Northwestern College, a Director on the West Michigan Strategic Alliance, and a member of the Netherland-America Foundation and the Dutch Heritage Coordinating Council. He is a member of Pillar Church and has served on the Reformed Church in America's Holland Classis Overtures and Judicial Business committee.
Kurt and his wife, Leah, have two young daughters: Juliana attends Holland High School and Emma-Elisabeth attends Holland Christian Schools. Leah is an Assistant Director of Admissions at Hope College and extensively volunteers at school, church, and community events.
Kurt also has a personal blog at which he (very!) occasionally shares his thoughts on "All Things Holland (Michigan) and Beyond." You also can follow him on Twitter: @kurtdykstra.