Fred Teeven

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Fred Teeven
Fred Teeven 2013 (3).jpg
Fred Teeven in 2013
Member of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands
Incumbent
Assumed office
26 March 2015
In office
20 September 2012 – 5 November 2012
In office
30 November 2006 – 14 October 2010
In office
23 May 2002 – 30 January 2003
State Secretary for Security and Justice of the Netherlands
In office
14 October 2010 – 10 March 2015
Prime Minister Mark Rutte
Preceded by Nebahat Albayrak
Succeeded by Klaas Dijkhoff
Parliamentary leader of Livable Netherlands in the House of Representatives of the Netherlands
In office
23 May 2002 – 30 January 2003
Preceded by Position created
Succeeded by Position abolished
Personal details
Born Fredrik Teeven
(1958-08-05) 5 August 1958 (age 56)
Haarlem, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Political party People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (since 2003)
Other political
affiliations
People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (until 2002)
Livable Netherlands (2002–2003)
Children 2 daughters
Residence Amsterdam, Netherlands
Alma mater Vrije Universiteit (Master of Laws)
University of Twente
(Master in Project Management)
Occupation Politician
Civil servant
Jurist
Prosecutor
Religion None

Fredrik "Fred" Teeven (born 5 August 1958) is a Dutch politician of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD). He has been a Member of the House of Representatives since 26 March 2015.

Teeven previously served as the Parliamentary leader of the Livable Netherlands (NL) party in the House of Representatives and a Member of the House of Representatives from 23 May 2002 until 30 January 2003. In 2003 he rejoined the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy and after Dutch general election of 2006 became again a Member of the House of Representatives serving from 30 November 2006 until 14 October 2010 when he became State Secretary for Security and Justice in the Cabinet Rutte I and Rutte II.

Early career[edit]

Teeven was born in the province of North Holland. He studied law at the Vrije Universiteit and public management at the University of Twente. Working first as a tax collector he became a prosecutor, becoming known as a crimefighter, since he led many investigations into organised crime. Teeven was involved in the prosecutions of Dési Bouterse, Mink Kok, Johan Verhoek, and Willem Holleeder.

Politics[edit]

In 2002, Teeven succeeded Pim Fortuyn as Front runner (lijsttrekker) of Livable Netherlands (Leefbaar Nederland). From May 16, 2002 to January 30, 2003, he was the parliamentary group leader of Livable Netherlands in the House of Representatives and also a member of the House of Representatives from July 22, 2002 to May 27, 2003. After he found out that he would not be Front runner in the 2003 elections, he quit the party and returned to his former post of public prosecutor.

In 2006, Teeven announced his return to politics, this time for the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD). For the Dutch general election of 2006, he was 6th on the candidate list for the VVD, and was elected into House of Representatives on November 30, 2006. He was the main spokesperson for justice policy.

For the Dutch general election of 2010 he was 3rd on the candidate list for the VVD. After the cabinet formation of 2010 for the first Rutte cabinet, Teeven became the State Secretary for Security and Justice taking office on October 14, 2010 and resigned the same day as an MP. On November 5, 2012, he continued as State Secretary for Security and Justice in the second Rutte cabinet. Meanwhile he was an MP again from September 20, 2012 to November 5, 2012. As State Secretary he was tasked with dealing with prevention, family law, youth justice, and copyright law.[1][2]

On 9 March 2015 Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten resigned together with Teeven after the former had informed the House of Representatives wrongly on a deal made by Teeven as state prosecutor in the early 2000s. The deal concerned money paid to a drug trafficker whose money had been seized and received compensation after the origin of the money could not be proved to be illegal. Opstelten had mentioned to the House of Representatives a lower amount than the one that was actually paid, and that the receipt of the transaction had gone missing, while it later surfaced.[3][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ As State Secretary for Security and Justice Teeven was allowed to use the ministerial title Minister of Security while on foreign business.
  2. ^ (Dutch) Alle namen van het nieuwe kabinet Rutte II, RTL Nieuws, October 25, 2012
  3. ^ "Dutch ministers Opstelten and Teeven quit over payment to drug-trafficker". BBC News. 10 March 2015. Retrieved 3 April 2015. 
  4. ^ (Dutch)Resignation speech

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Official
Party political offices
Preceded by
Position created
Parliamentary leader of Livable Netherlands
in the House of Representatives of the Netherlands

2002–2003
Succeeded by
Position abolished
Government offices
Preceded by
Nebahat Albayrak
State Secretary for Security and Justice of the Netherlands
2010–2015
Succeeded by
Klaas Dijkhoff