André Rouvoet

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André Rouvoet
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Member of the House of Representatives
In office
17 June 2010 – 17 May 2011
Succeeded by Carola Schouten
Parliamentary leader - ChristianUnion
House of Representatives
In office
10 June 2010 – 28 April 2011
Preceded by Arie Slob
Succeeded by Arie Slob
Minister of Education, Culture and Science
In office
23 February 2010 – 14 October 2010
Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende
Preceded by Ronald Plasterk
Succeeded by Marja van Bijsterveldt
Minister of Youth and Family
In office
22 February 2007 – 14 October 2010
Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende
Preceded by None
Succeeded by None
Deputy Prime Minister
In office
22 February 2007 – 14 October 2010
Serving with Wouter Bos (2007-2010)
Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende
Preceded by Gerrit Zalm
Succeeded by Maxime Verhagen
Parliamentary leader - ChristianUnion
House of Representatives
In office
12 November 2002 – 22 February 2007
Preceded by Kars Veling
Succeeded by Arie Slob
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
17 May 1994 – 22 February 2007
Personal details
Born André Rouvoet
(1962-01-04) 4 January 1962 (age 52)
Hilversum, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Political party Reformatory Political Federation (1985-2001)
ChristianUnion (since 2001)
Spouse(s) Liesbeth Rouvoet
Residence Woerden, Netherlands
Alma mater Vrije Universiteit (LL.M.)
Occupation Politician
Civil servant
Teacher
Religion Christian Reformed Churches
Website Official site

André Rouvoet (born 4 January 1962) is a former Dutch politician of the ChristianUnion (CU). First as a member of the RPF until the party merged with the Reformed Political League (GPV) to form the ChristianUnion. He served as a Member of the House of Representatives from 17 May 1994 until 22 February 2007. When the ChristianUnion party leader Kars Veling retired, Rouvoet unexpectedly became the new party leader and the Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives serving from 12 November 2002 until 22 February 2007. On that day, he became Minister of Youth and Family and Deputy Prime Minister serving from 22 February 2007 until 14 October 2010 in the Fourth Balkenende cabinet. He returned to the House of Representatives on 17 June 2010 and again as parliamentary leader. On 29 April 2011 he announced his retired from politics. He was succeeded as party leader and parliamentary leader by Arie Slob.

He was the party leader of the ChristianUnion from 9 November 2002 until 28 April 2011.[1]

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Rouvoet was born in Hilversum. After attending a Protestant primary school in Hilversum, Rouvoet continued at a Protestant gymnasium, specializing in humanities until 1980. In 1981 he began to study law at the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam where he received his LL.M. degree in philosophy of law in 1986. During his study he became assistant to the Reformatory Political Federation party. He also was chairperson of the Reformatory Political Federation branch in Hilversum and later in Maarssen.

Between 1986 and 1987 he combined working for the Foundation of Schools of Protestant Christian Children's Homes, and an assistantship at the RPF parliamentary party. After that he became an employee and later director (in 1989) of the Marnix van St. Aldegonde Foundation, the scientific foundation linked to the RPF, as such he was member of the committee on the party's election manifesto for 1989 elections. During this period he also taught political science at the Evangelical School for Journalism in Amersfoort.

Politics[edit]

In the Dutch general election of 1994 Rouvoet was heavily involved in the programmatic preparation of the election. He was editor of the party's election manifesto and the party's manifesto of principals. Rouvoet was also a candidate in these elections. The RPF won considerably and Rouvoet was elected to the House of Representatives. He immediately became secretary of the RPF political party. Rouvoet was member of the parliamentary research committee on the IRT affair, which involved failures in a criminal investigation unit. In 1997 he was made fellow of the Marnix van Sint Aldegonde Foundation.

After the Dutch general election of 1998 Rouvoet became a member of the presidium of the House of Representatives. In 2000 Rouvoet published the book "Politics with a Heart. a reflection on politics and morality". In 2001 the RPF united with another Protestant-Christian party, the Reformed Political League, to become the ChristianUnion. When its parliamentary party was formed Rouvoet became secretary of the parliamentary party. After the unexpected Dutch general election of 2002, Rouvoet became party leader of the ChristianUnion. He led the party in the Dutch general election of 2003, which also ended in defeat.

In 2005 Rouvoet's star rose as his party, together with the Pim Fortuyn List, Geert Wilders and the Socialist Party, opposed the European Constitution in the 2005 referendum. This proposal was subsequently rejected by the Dutch electorate, three days after the French had turned it down.

As a member of parliament, Rouvoet served as spokesperson for Justice, Finance, Health, Antillian and European Affairs. He was particularly involved in the debate on moral values and norms, which was initiated by Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende.

In 2007 he became Minister of Youth and Family and Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands. As minister he was responsible for Youth, Children and Family affairs. His post was one of the two newly formed 'programme ministers'. His office was housed at the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, but civil servants of other departments also worked directly for the programme ministry. The ministry had a budget of its own, among which were the child benefits and youth care budget.[2]

Rouvoet in 2003 received the Johan Rudolph Thorbecke award for eloquence and was elected "Politician of the Year 2004" by the parliamentary press.

Trivia[edit]

  • Rouvoet is an avid snooker player;
  • His wife is a medical doctor, and he has four daughters and one son.

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References[edit]

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Kars Veling
Party leader
ChristianUnion

2002-2011
Succeeded by
Arie Slob
Preceded by
Kars Veling
Parliamentary leaderChristianUnion
House of Representatives

2002-2007
Succeeded by
Arie Slob
Preceded by
Arie Slob
Parliamentary leaderChristianUnion
House of Representatives

2010-2011
Succeeded by
Arie Slob
Government offices
Preceded by
None
Minister for Youth and Families
2007-2010
Succeeded by
None
Preceded by
Ronald Plasterk
Minister of Education, Culture and Science
2010
Succeeded by
Marja van Bijsterveldt