Kathy Hoekstra

Development Communications Officer

A broadcast journalist by trade, I already knew the value of sharing with radio and television audiences the stories of real people—people facing long odds, tragedy, or, alternatively, doing good things for citizens in need.

Then I joined the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and discovered the degree to which government policies trample the rights of everyday citizens. The worst part for me? Government restricts our freedoms—using our own hard-earned tax dollars.

This moral outrage, combined with my writing skills and video production know-how, brought to life the stories of the good people in my home state of Michigan whose lives and livelihoods were being harmed by bad government policies. People like home daycare providers who unwittingly became state employee union members. Small business owners who watched helplessly as the state tossed their tax dollars at Hollywood producers and actors to lure movie-making to Michigan.

I consider it a privilege to bring to PLF my abilities and zeal in fighting back against government overreach and abuse , as I work closely with both the development and communications teams. Whether it’s website or email copy, a newsletter or op-ed, or a grant proposal, I make sure everything that comes from my keyboard shares our clients’ courageous journeys in standing up to Big Government Bullies and how they’re empowered to do so through the relentless work of the entire PLF staff.

PLF was already well-established as the nation’s premier pro-liberty law firm before my hire in 2017. But in the few short years since joining PLF, two things have become clear: No one at PLF is content to rest on past success, which is good, because government will never rest from finding new ways to skirt the rule of law at the expense of individual liberty.

When I’m not cheering on my alma mater, the University of Michigan, binging on high-end television, or hiking our country’s astounding national parks, you’ll find me hunkered over my keyboard in the office of my Saginaw Township, Michigan, home, where I live with my husband.

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June 22, 2021

The Detroit News: Michigan can learn from emergency powers battles in other states

The pandemic is subsiding in America. Masks are coming off. People are gathering. There is light at the end of the tunnel. But in a few states, governors are still fighting tooth and nail to keep their emergency powers. Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear is suing his own state Legislature after it passed laws that put ...

May 25, 2021

Royal Pain: Prince Harry—and his media fans—need educating on why the First Amendment matters

Poor Prince Harry! After surrendering his royal position in the House of Windsor last year to start life anew in the United States with his actress wife Meghan Markle, he's had a tough time adjusting to our country's ways. It seems certain aspects of our American society leave the prince befuddled. In a recent podcast ...

September 04, 2019

At Stake – California’s Gag Rule statutes keep workers in the dark about their rights

As enthusiastic members of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) parking staff, Mike Jackson and Tory Smith love their jobs. As reluctant members of Teamsters Local 2010, however, they hate being forced to give the union money against their will. "We handle all logistics for campus special events, and I oversee a fine staff," ...

August 05, 2019

At Stake – Government steals family’s legacy over $144 tax debt

PLF fights home equity theft to protect American Dream ERICA PEREZ REMEMBERS THE DAY IN 2017 when she learned the government stole her family's legacy and shattered their American Dream—over a $144 tax debt."We were in shock," Erica recalled. "We've always believed that if you work hard for something in this country, you can achieve ...

June 21, 2019

Rose Knick on her Supreme Court win: “Doing the Constitution the way it’s supposed to be”

It's a rare honor to be able to tell someone they won a landmark Supreme Court case. And when I called PLF client Rose Knick to let her know she won her property rights case at the U.S. Supreme Court, in typical Rose-fashion, her first words to me were very matter-of-fact. "Tell me," she said. ...

May 28, 2019

Rising from the ashes: When the Camp Fire hit Paradise, California

At Pacific Legal Foundation, we fight to protect everyday, hardworking Americans from misguided government policies that do more harm than good. Our clients are forced to wage battles that can be painful beyond measure, part of our duty is helping them deal with that agony.   When that pain hits a member of the PLF ...

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