Liesbeth Spies

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Liesbeth Spies
Liesbeth Spies 2012.jpg
Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations
In office
December 16, 2011 – November 5, 2012
Prime Minister Mark Rutte
Preceded by Piet Hein Donner
Succeeded by Ronald Plasterk
Party chair of the Christian Democratic Appeal
In office
November 1, 2010 – April 2, 2011
Leader Vacant
Preceded by Henk Bleker
Succeeded by Ruth Peetoom
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
May 23, 2002 – June 17, 2010
Personal details
Born Jantje Wilhelmina Elisabeth Spies
(1966-04-06) April 6, 1966 (age 49)
Alphen aan den Rijn, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Political party Christian Democratic Appeal
Residence Alphen aan den Rijn, Netherlands
Alma mater Leiden University (LL.M., M.Econ)
Occupation Politician
Civil servant
Management consultant
Religion Protestant Church in the Netherlands

Jantje Wilhelmina Elisabeth "Liesbeth" Spies (born April 6, 1966) is a former Dutch politician of the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA). She served as Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations in the Cabinet Rutte I from December 16, 2011 to November 5, 2012.[1] She was named to this post on December 16, 2011, following the appointment of her predecessor, Piet Hein Donner, to be the new Vice President of the Council of State. She was a Member of the House of Representatives from May 23, 2002 to June 17, 2010 and served as acting Party Chair of the Christian Democratic Appeal from November 1, 2010 until April 2, 2011.[2]

Following her departure from the House of Representatives she became the top candidate (lijsttrekker) for the CDA in the 2011 elections for the States-Provincial of South Holland. In the election the CDA lost over half its seats (going from thirteen seats to six) and went from largest party in the province to the fourth-largest when compared with the previous election in 2007. Despite this the CDA joined the coalition for the provincial government and Spies was appointed as a member of the States Deputed, with a portfolio including spatial planning and economic affairs. She vacated this position following her ministerial appointment.

As of 8 July 2014 she is interim mayor of Stichtse Vecht.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Dutch) 'Liesbeth Spies opvolger Donner', NOS, December 16, 2011
  2. ^ (Dutch) Liesbeth Spies tijdelijk partijvoorzitter CDA, NOS, November 1, 2010
  3. ^ Annelies Karman (18 June 2014). "Alphense oud-minister Liesbeth Spies burgemeester in Stichtse Vecht" (in Dutch). Leidsch Dagblad. Retrieved 26 July 2014. 
Party political offices
Preceded by
Henk Bleker
Party chair of the Christian Democratic Appeal
2010-2011
Succeeded by
Ruth Peetoom
Government offices
Preceded by
Piet Hein Donner
Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations
2011-2012
Succeeded by
Ronald Plasterk