Jozias van Aartsen

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Jozias van Aartsen
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Mayor of The Hague
Incumbent
Assumed office
March 27, 2008
Preceded by Wim Deetman
Party leader of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy
In office
November 27, 2004 – March 8, 2006
Preceded by Gerrit Zalm
Succeeded by Mark Rutte
Parliamentary leader of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy in the House of Representatives
In office
May 27, 2003 – March 8, 2006
Preceded by Gerrit Zalm
Succeeded by Willibrord van Beek
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
May 23, 2002 – November 30, 2006
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
August 3, 1998 – July 22, 2002
Prime Minister Wim Kok
Preceded by Hans van Mierlo
Succeeded by Jaap de Hoop Scheffer
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
May 19, 1998 – August 3, 1998
Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality
In office
August 22, 1994 – August 3, 1998
Prime Minister Wim Kok
Preceded by Piet Bukman
Succeeded by Haijo Apotheker
Personal details
Born Jozias Johannes van Aartsen
(1947-12-25) December 25, 1947 (age 66)
The Hague, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Political party People's Party for Freedom and Democracy
Spouse(s) Henriëtte Warsen (m. 1972)[1][2]
Children 3
Residence The Hague, Netherlands
Alma mater VU University Amsterdam (Juris Doctor)
Occupation Politician
Civil servant
Religion Reformed Protestant
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Website Mayor Jozias van Aartsen

Jozias Johannes van Aartsen (born 25 December 1947) is a Dutch politician of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD). He has been the Mayor of The Hague since 27 March 2008.

Van Aartsen previously served as the Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality from 22 August 1994 until 3 August 1998 in the Cabinet Kok I. He became a Member of the House of Representatives for a short period serving from 19 May 1998 until 3 August 1998 following the Dutch general election of 1998. He served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 3 August 1998 until 22 July 2002 in the Cabinet Kok II. He returned to the Member of the House of Representatives serving from 23 May 2002 until 30 November 2006, when the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy Party leader and Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives Gerrit Zalm became Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister in the Cabinet Balkenende II.

Van Aartsen became the Parliamentary leader serving from 27 May 2003 until 8 March 2006. After disagreeing with Zalm about his position that the Party leader shouldn't be a member of the cabinet unless that person is the Prime Minister, the Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives should be the Party leader. After months of discussions and arguing, Van Aartsen took over as Party leader from Zalm in all but name. After poor results in the Dutch municipal elections of 2006 he stepped down as Parliamentary leader and was temporally succeeded by Willibrord van Beek, until the election of Mark Rutte as the new Parliamentary leader and Party leader.[3]

In August 2006 Van Aartsen announced he would not run as a candidate for the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy for the upcoming Dutch general election of 2006.[4] In 2008 he was nominated to succeed Wim Deetman as Mayor of The Hague and took office on 27 March 2008.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Jozias Johannes van Aartsen born on 25 December 1947 in The Hague, son of Jan van Aartsen a politician of the Anti Revolutionary Party (ARP), who served as Minister of Transport and Water Management, Minister of Housing and Construction and Queen's Commissioner of Zeeland. After completing the Gymnasium-a he studied law at the Vrije Universiteit but did not graduate. At the age of 22 van Aartsen moved to The Hague to work in politics.

Politics[edit]

When Hans Wiegel became Party leader, in 1971, van Aartsen was asked to work for Hans Wiegel as employee of the party in the House of Representatives. In 1974 he became Director-general of the Teldersstichting, the scientific institute of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy. In 1978 Van Aartsen became Chef de Bureau of the Secretary General of Interior. He did this under ministers Rietkerk, van Dijk, de Korte, de Koning, Dales and de Graaf. In 1985 he became Secretary General of Interior himself. He was minister of Agriculture from 1994-1998 in the First cabinet of Wim Kok. In the Second cabinet of Wim Kok he was the Minister of Foreign Affairs. When the cabinet fell as a direct result of the NIOD report about the fall of Srebrenica, he became parliamentary leader in the Dutch parliament.

On 1 April 2004 an attempt was made to overrun van Aartsen by a car when he and a co-worker were doing a photoshoot in front of Hotel Des Indes in The Hague. Van Aartsen was not hurt but the co-worker did sustain a shoulder injury. The assailant, a 41 year old lawyer by the name of Frederiek de Jongh and an employee of Bureau Rechtshulp in Utrecht confessed her action was politically motivated.[5]

In a letter to party leader Mark Rutte he expressed his disappointment with the demise of the Second Balkenende cabinet which in his view was uncalled for. He also warned for VVD interparty warring between a populist fraction with a no-nonsense attitude and focus on tax cuts and law and order and a liberal fraction focused on personal freedoms, rule of law, international orientation and education. Jozias van Aartsen is a member of the Bilderberg Group.

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Dutch) Schoktherapeut in een mooi Haags streepjespak, NRC, 4 September 2000
  2. ^ (Dutch) Minister Jozias van Aartsen langs de Feministische Meetlat, Opzij.nl, 1 October 2000
  3. ^ (Dutch) 'Tussenpaus' Van Beek gaat VVD-fractie leiden, Trouw, March 9, 2006
  4. ^ (Dutch) Jozias van Aartsen vertrekt na verkiezingen, Elsevier, August 21, 2006
  5. ^ (Dutch) Verwarde advocate reed met opzet Van Aartsen aan, Volkskrant, 4 April 2004

External links[edit]

Official
Party political offices
Preceded by
Gerrit Zalm
Party leader of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy
2004-2006
Succeeded by
Mark Rutte
Preceded by
Gerrit Zalm
Parliamentary leader of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy
in the House of Representatives

2003-2006
Succeeded by
Willibrord van Beek
Government offices
Preceded by
Piet Bukman
Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality
1994-1998
Succeeded by
Haijo Apotheker
Preceded by
Hans van Mierlo
Minister of Foreign Affairs
1998-2002
Succeeded by
Jaap de Hoop Scheffer
Political offices
Preceded by
Wim Deetman
Mayor of The Hague
2008-
Succeeded by
Incumbent