Henk Kamp

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Henk Kamp
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Minister of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands
Incumbent
Assumed office
November 5, 2012
Prime Minister Mark Rutte
Preceded by Maxime Verhagen
Minister of Social Affairs and Employment
In office
October 14, 2010 – November 5, 2012
Prime Minister Mark Rutte
Preceded by Piet Hein Donner
Succeeded by Lodewijk Asscher
Commissioner of the Netherlands Antilles
In office
January 1, 2009 – October 10, 2010
Preceded by New creation
Succeeded by Hans Gerritsen (as Representative)
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
November 30, 2006 – December 18, 2008
Minister of Defense
In office
December 12, 2002 – February 22, 2007
Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende
Preceded by Benk Korthals
Succeeded by Eimert van Middelkoop
Minister of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment
In office
July 22, 2002 – May 27, 2003
Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende
Preceded by Jan Pronk
Succeeded by Sybilla Dekker
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
May 17, 1994 – July 22, 2002
Personal details
Born Henricus Gregorius Jozeph Kamp
(1952-07-23) July 23, 1952 (age 62)
Hengelo, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Political party People's Party for Freedom and Democracy
Spouse(s) Married (since 1975)
Children 1 son and 1 daughter
Residence Zutphen, Netherlands
Occupation Politician
Civil servant
Religion Non-religious (Humanism)[1]
Website Ministry of Economic Affairs

Henricus Gregorius Jozeph "Henk" Kamp (born July 23, 1952) is a Dutch politician of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD). He is the Minister of Economic Affairs in the Cabinet Rutte II since November 5, 2012.

He previously served as a Member of the House of Representatives from May 17, 1994 until July 22, 2002 when he became Minister of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment in the Cabinet Balkenende I. Kamp became acting Minister of Defense following the resignation of Benk Korthals on December 12, 2002 and remained as Minister of Defense in the successive Cabinets Balkenende II and III. He was succeeded as Minister of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment on May 27, 2003 by Sybilla Dekker at the inauguration of the Cabinet Balkenende II. After the Dutch general election of 2006 the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy became an opposition party and Kamp returned to the House of Representatives on November 30, 2006. He stepped down as a Member of the House of Representatives on December 18, 2008 after he was named as Commissioner of the Netherlands Antilles to lead the Dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles, he took office on January 1, 2009 and left October 10, 2010 the day the Netherlands Antilles was dissolved. Following the Dutch general election of 2010 the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy has become the largest party in the House of Representatives and after the cabinet formation the Cabinet Rutte I was formed Kamp became Minister of Social Affairs and Employment on October 14, 2010. After the Dutch general election of 2012 the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy remain the largest party in the House of Representatives and Kamp was asked to make preparations for a new cabinet formation, Kamp and former Labour Party leader Wouter Bos became informateurs for the Cabinet Rutte II and Kamp became Minister of Economic Affairs and took office on November 5, 2012.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Henricus Gregorius Jozeph Kamp was born on July 23, 1952 in Hengelo in the Netherlands Province of Overijssel in a Roman Catholic family. He left the Roman Catholic faith years later and became a Humanist. After completing his HAVO diploma he worked at two wholesalers in Enschede, Borculo and Tilburg until 1977. From 1977 to 1980 he attended the auditors training at the Tax Training in Utrecht. He worked as an investigator for the Fiscal Intelligence and Investigation Service (FIOD) until 1986.

Politics[edit]

From 1976 to 1994 he was a member of the municipal council in Borculo. From 1986 he was in also alderman in Borculo. From 1987 to 1994 he was a member of the Provincial Council of Gelderland. He became a Member of the House of Representatives on May 17, 1994. On July 22, 2002, Kamp became Minister of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment. He was Minister of Defense from December 12, 2002 till February 22, 2007. After early elections where held as a result of parliamentary agreements following the formation of the minority cabinet Balkenende III. As part of his "farewell tour" as Minister of Defence, Henk Kamp visited the Dutch troops in Afghanistan and paid his respects to president Hamid Karzai. President Karzai awarded Henk Kamp the High State Medal of Ghazi Wazir Mohammad Akbar Khan.[2] Kamp left the House of Representatives on January 1, 2009 to head the transformation of Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius to special municipalities within the Netherlands.

On September 13, 2012, the day after the parliamentary elections, Kamp has gone to work to prepare for the formation of a new cabinet and had exploratory conversations with several parties. Already on that very day the party leaders of the new parliament met with the (former) President of the House Gerdi Verbeet. His opinion after the talks was to start a formation on a coalition VVD-PvdA with himself and Wouter Bos as informants.

Decorations[edit]

 Netherlands NLD Order of Orange-Nassau - Officer BAR.png Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau (11 April 2007)
 Japan JPN Kyokujitsu-sho 1Class BAR.svg Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun (24 October 2014)[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Dutch) ?IK BEN EIGENLIJK EEN TEVREDEN MENS?, Rooms-Katholiek Kerkgenootschap, April 29, 2007
  2. ^ (English) Minister awards Afghan president clogs, Dutchnews.nl, February 13, 2007
  3. ^ Foreign honours recipients 2014 - website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

External links[edit]

Government offices
Preceded by
Jan Pronk
Minister of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment of the Netherlands
2002-2003
Succeeded by
Sybilla Dekker
Preceded by
Benk Korthals
Minister of Defense of the Netherlands
2002-2007
Succeeded by
Eimert van Middelkoop
Preceded by
Piet Hein Donner
Minister of Social Affairs and Employment of the Netherlands
2010-2012
Succeeded by
Lodewijk Asscher
Preceded by
Maxime Verhagen
Minister of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands
2012-
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Office created
Commissioner of the Netherlands Antilles
2009-2010
Succeeded by
Hans Gerritsen (as Representative)