Ivo Opstelten

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Ivo Opstelten
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Minister of Security and Justice
Incumbent
Assumed office
October 14, 2010
Prime Minister Mark Rutte
Preceded by Ernst Hirsch Ballin
Party chair of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy
In office
May 23, 2008 – October 14, 2010
Leader Mark Rutte
Preceded by Jan van Zanen
Succeeded by Benk Korthals
Acting Mayor of Tilburg
In office
November 4, 2009 – July 16, 2010
Preceded by Ruud Vreeman
Succeeded by Peter Noordanus
Mayor of Rotterdam
In office
February 16, 1999 – January 1, 2009
Preceded by Bram Peper
Succeeded by Ahmed Aboutaleb
Mayor of Utrecht
In office
November 1, 1992 – February 16, 1999
Preceded by Lien Vos-van Gortel
Succeeded by Annie Brouwer-Korf
Acting Mayor of Beerta
In office
December 1, 1983 – March 1, 1984
Preceded by Hanneke Jagersma
Succeeded by Hanneke Jagersma
Mayor of Delfzijl
In office
December 1, 1980 – September 1, 1987
Preceded by Paul Scholten
Succeeded by Ed Haaksman
Mayor of Doorn
In office
October 1, 1977 – December 1, 1980
Preceded by Anton van Harinxma thoe Slooten
Succeeded by Henk Goudsmit
Mayor of Dalen
In office
August 16, 1972 – October 1, 1977
Preceded by Frits Fontein
Succeeded by Joost Hoffscholte
Personal details
Born Ivo Willem Opstelten
(1944-01-31) January 31, 1944 (age 70)
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Political party People's Party for Freedom and Democracy
Spouse(s) Mariette Dutilh
Children 4 children
Residence Rotterdam, Netherlands
Alma mater Leiden University
(Master of Laws)
Occupation Politician
Civil servant
Television presenter
Religion Remonstrants
Website Ministry of Security and Justice

Ivo Willem Opstelten (born January 31, 1944) is a Dutch politician of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD). He has been the Minister of Security and Justice in the Cabinets Rutte I and II since October 14, 2010. Previously he served as the Mayor of Dalen from 1972 to 1977, Mayor of Doorn from 1997 to 1980, and Mayor of Delfzijl from 1980 to 1987, during which he also served Acting Mayor of Beerta from 1983 until 1984. After resigning as Mayor of Delfzijl in 1987, he become the Director-General for Public Order and Security at the Ministry of Interior. In 1992 he left the Ministry when he was selected as the Mayor of Utrecht. In 1999 he was nominated as the Mayor of his birthplace, Rotterdam, and traded Utrecht for Rotterdam on February 16, 1999. On May 23, 2008, he was elected as the Party chair of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy and remained Mayor of Rotterdam until his retirement on January 1, 2009. He also served as Acting Mayor of Tilburg from 2009 to 2010.[1]

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Opstelten studied law at Leiden University, where he specialised in constitutional and public law. He graduated in 1969 and worked from 1970 to 1972 at the municipality of Vlaardingen before starting a long-term career as Mayor.

Politics[edit]

In 1972 Opstelten began as Mayor of Dalen, at the age of 28 the youngest Mayor of the Netherlands. In 1977 he became Mayor of Doorn. In 1980 he became the Mayor of Delfzijl. In 1983 he became Acting Mayor of Beerta for four months because of the pregnancy of Mayor Hanneke Jagersma. In 1992 he made the switch to the fourth largest Municipality of the Netherlands, Utrecht. In 1999 he was nominated as Mayor of Rotterdam, the second biggest city of the Netherlands. In 2002 he was praised for his handling of the aftermath of the assassination of politician Pim Fortuyn. He served as Mayor of Rotterdam for ten years. He resigned on January 1, 2009. He was succeeded by Ahmed Aboutaleb. On March 31, 2008, he was elected as the new Party chair of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy. On November 6, 2009, it was announced by Wim van de Donk, the Queen's Commissioner of North Brabant, that Opstelten had accepted the position as Acting Mayor of Tilburg after Mayor Ruud Vreeman's resignation was sought by the City council of Tilburg.

On August 4, 2010, Queen Beatrix nominated Opstelten as fifth informateur in the 2010 Dutch cabinet formation.[2] On September 4, the Queen replaced Opstelten with Herman Tjeenk Willink, the Vice President of the Council of State as the new informateur.[3] On September 13, 2010 he became informateur a second time[4] and on September 28 the negotiations were finished. A coalition agreement was reached between People's Party for Freedom and Democracy and Christian Democratic Appeal to form a minority coalition, supported by the Party for Freedom to obtain a majority. Formateur Mark Rutte asked Opstelten as the Minister of Security and Justice in the new cabinet. Because a Party chair can not serve in the cabinet, he resigned as a Party chair of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy on October 14, 2010, the same day he took office as the new Minister of Security and Justice.[5]

Personal[edit]

Ivo Opstelten is married to Mariette Dutilh and they have four children.

Decorations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Dutch) Ivo Opstelten interim-burgemeester Tilburg, NOS, November 4, 2009
  2. ^ (Dutch) Ivo Opstelten benoemd tot informateur, NRC, August 5, 2010
  3. ^ (Dutch) Koningin benoemt Tjeenk Willink weer tot informateur, Elsevier, September 7, 2010
  4. ^ (Dutch)De complete persconferentie van informateur Opstelten, NOS, September 13, 2010
  5. ^ (Dutch) Ivo Opstelten (VVD) over zijn ministerspost, NOS, October 8, 2010

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Jan van Zanen
Party chair of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy
2008-2010
Succeeded by
Benk Korthals
Government offices
Preceded by
Ernst Hirsch Ballin
Minister of Security and Justice
2010-
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Frits Fontein
Mayor of Dalen
1972-1977
Succeeded by
Joost Hoffscholte
Preceded by
Anton van Harinxma thoe Slooten
Mayor of Doorn
1977-1980
Succeeded by
Henk Goudsmit
Preceded by
Paul Scholten
Mayor of Delfzijl
1980-1987
Succeeded by
Ed Haaksman
Preceded by
Hanneke Jagersma
Acting Mayor of Beerta
1983-1984
Succeeded by
Hanneke Jagersma
Preceded by
Lien Vos-van Gortel
Mayor of Utrecht
1992-1999
Succeeded by
Annie Brouwer-Korf
Preceded by
Bram Peper
Mayor of Rotterdam
1999-2009
Succeeded by
Ahmed Aboutaleb
Preceded by
Ruud Vreeman
Acting Mayor of Tilburg
2009-2010
Succeeded by
Peter Noordanus