Gert Schutte

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Gert Schutte
Gert Schutte 1982.jpg
Member of the House of Representatives (Netherlands) for the Reformed Political League
In office
10 June 1981 – 13 February 2001
Member of the House of Representatives for the ChristianUnion
In office
31 January 2000 – 13 February 2001
Parliamentary group leader - Reformed Political League
House of Representatives
In office
10 June 1981 – 13 February 2001
Preceded by Bart Verbrugh
Succeeded by Eimert van Middelkoop
Personal details
Born Gerrit Jan Schutte
(1939-05-24) 24 May 1939 (age 75)
Nieuwpoort, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Political party Reformed Political League (till 2001), ChristianUnion (current)
Spouse(s) Married
Residence Zeist, Netherlands
Occupation Politician, civil servant
Religion Reformed (Liberated)

Gerrit Jan (Gert) Schutte (born 24 May 1939 in Nieuwpoort) is a former Dutch politician. He was a member of the Dutch House of Representatives for the Reformed Political League and in the end for the ChristianUnion.

After finishing high school in 1956 Schutte started working as a civil servant for the municipality of Giessenburg. He would work in the same function for the municipalities of Schoonhoven, Elst en Nieuwpoort. In 1968 until 1981 he was deputy-secretary, the second highest civil servant, of the municipality of Zeist. In the same years he followed a number of educations specializing in governing in local governments. From 1969 until 1974 he also taught Law for Municipalities.

From 1974 until 1978 Schutte became a member of the States-Provincial of the province of Utrecht for the Reformed Political League. In 1981 he was elected in the Dutch House of Representatives. He was the only representative of his party and, because of that, Parliamentary group leader. In 1989 the party did get a second seat in Parliament and until his resignment in 2001 he worked together with Eimert van Middelkoop. In this years Schutte would be known as the Constitutional law conscience of the Parliament. He felt that other politicians didn't pay enough attention to the Constitutional laws.

After his resignment Schutte served as a member of the Select Board. He also investigated fraud of a number of Dutch institutions in the Higher education and was a member of the committee which was involved in preparing the Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe.

Schutte was a columnist of the Friesch Dagblad and the Persunie. He is the father of six children and is a member of the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands (Liberated).

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