Frank Swaelen

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Frank Swaelen
President of the Senate
In office
11 October 1988 – 14 June 1999
Preceded by Lambert Kelchtermans
Succeeded by Armand De Decker
Personal details
Born (1930-03-23)23 March 1930
Antwerp, Belgium
Died 23 December 2007(2007-12-23) (aged 77)
Antwerp, Belgium
Political party Christian Democratic and Flemish

Frank Swaelen (23 March 1930 – 23 December 2007) was a Belgian Christian Democratic politician and member of the Christian People's Party (CVP). He was born in Antwerp. In 1968, he became a member of the Chamber of Representatives. He became Minister of Defence in 1980 but one year later he becomes the national chairman of the CVP, which he remained until 1988, when the became the President of the Senate.

He became a Minister of State in 1995 and retired from active politics in 1999 after having presided over the Senate for more than 10 years. He died on 23 December 2007 in Antwerp.

Political career[edit]

  • 1964–1966: National chairman of the CVP Youth
  • 1966–1976: General political secretary of the CVP
  • 1968–1985: Member of the Chamber of Representatives
  • 1971–1988: Mayor of Hove
  • 1980–1981: Minister of Defence
  • 1981–1988: National chairman of the CVP
  • 1985–1999: Senator
  • 1988–1999: President of the Senate
Political offices
Preceded by
Lambert Kelchtermans
President of the Senate
1988–1999
Succeeded by
Armand De Decker