Guusje ter Horst
|Guusje ter Horst|
|Member of the Senate of the Netherlands|
June 7, 2011
|Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations|
February 22, 2007 – February 23, 2010
|Prime Minister||Jan Peter Balkenende|
|Preceded by||Johan Remkes|
|Succeeded by||Ernst Hirsch Ballin|
|Mayor of Nijmegen|
April 15, 2001 – January 1, 2007
|Preceded by||Ed d'Hondt|
|Succeeded by||Thom de Graaf|
|Born||Guusje ter Horst
March 22, 1952
Deventer, The Netherlands
|Alma mater||University of Amsterdam (PhD, MSc)|
|Website||Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations|
Guus (Guusje) ter Horst (born March 22, 1952 in Deventer) is a Dutch politician of the Dutch Labour Party (PvdA). Since June 7, 2011, she has been a member of the Senate. From February 22, 2007, till February 23, 2010, she was Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations in the Cabinet Balkenende IV. She was Mayor of Nijmegen from April 15, 2001, until January 1, 2007.
Ter Horst attended school in The Hague and subsequently studied at University of Amsterdam where she obtained a MSc degree in psychology. In 1984 she received a PhD degree in social science on her thesis concerning the question how people who never go to the dentist can be made to do so. Between 1986 and 1994 she was associate professor of Social Dentistry at the subfaculty of Dentistry of the University of Amsterdam.
In 1984 Ter Horst joined the Dutch Labour Party (PvdA). In 1986 she was elected into the Amsterdam city council. In 1994 she became alderwoman, responsible for spatial planning, she initiated a major renovation of the city of Amsterdam.
In 2001 she became mayor of Nijmegen. During her six-year term, she moved to a new house every year, to get to know the city. In August 2006 Ter Horst was fined for drunk driving, strangely, without political consequence. On 1 January 2007 her term as mayor ended and she did not pursue a second one. She was succeeded by Thom de Graaf.
In 2010 Ter Horst received one of the Dutch Big Brother Awards for her lack of nuance in the privacy debate. Her project of a centrally organised fingerprint database for passports won an award as well.
She resigned, together with all PvdA ministers, on the morning of February 20, 2010. The Queen accepted the resignation on February 23, 2010.
- (Dutch) Parlement.com biography
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