Minister of State (Netherlands)

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The Minister of State (Dutch: Minister van Staat) is an honorary title in the Netherlands. The title is formally granted together with the style Excellency, by the Monarch, but on the initiative of the cabinet of the Netherlands. It is given on a personal basis, for life rather than for a specified period. The title is granted for exceptional merits, generally to senior politicians at the end of their party career. Ministers of state are often former cabinet members or party leaders. Ministers of State advise the Sovereign in delicate situations, with moral authority but without formal competence. A Minister of State is not part of a cabinet, but may be asked to represent the government for certain events. The Ministers of State have a diplomatic passport. Before World War II it was common for Ministers of State to still have a public function, some notable as Pieter Cort van der Linden and Hendrikus Colijn, were Minister of State while they served as Prime Minister of the Netherlands. After World War II, Louis Beel was the only person who still sat in the cabinet while he was Minister of State.

Marga Klompé was until 2012 the only female Minister of State in Dutch history.

List of current Ministers of State[edit]

Minister of State Former Position(s) Party(s) Since
Ruud Lubbers
Ruud Lubbers
Minister of Economic Affairs
Member of the House of Representatives
Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives
Minister of General Affairs
Prime Minister of the Netherlands
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Christian Democratic Appeal
(Catholic People's Party)
January 31, 1995
(19 years, 331 days)
Frits Korthals Altes
Frits Korthals Altes
Member of the Senate
Minister of Justice
Minister of the Interior
Member of the House of Representatives
Parliamentary leader in the Senate
President of the Senate
People's Party for Freedom and Democracy
October 26, 2001
(13 years, 63 days)
Jos van Kemenade
Jos van Kemenade
Minister of Education, Culture and Science
Member of the House of Representatives
Mayor of Eindhoven
Queen's Commissioner of North Holland
Labour Party
April 5, 2002
(12 years, 267 days)
Wim Kok
Wim Kok
Member of the House of Representatives
Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives
Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands
Minister of Finance
Minister of General Affairs
Prime Minister of the Netherlands
Labour Party
April 11, 2003
(11 years, 261 days)
Hans van den Broek
Hans van den Broek
Member of the House of Representatives
State Secretary for Foreign Affairs
Minister of Foreign Affairs
European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy
Christian Democratic Appeal
(Catholic People's Party)
February 25, 2005
(9 years, 306 days)
Herman Tjeenk Willink
Herman Tjeenk Willink
Member of the Senate
President of the Senate
Vice President of the Council of State
Labour Party
December 21, 2012
(2 years, 7 days)

List of deceased Ministers of State[edit]

By date of death (List incomplete)

Minister of State Former Position(s) Party(s) Period Duration Life
Born Died
Willem Lodewijk de Vos van Steenwijk
Member of the Senate
Parliamentary leader in the Senate
President of the Senate
Christian Historical Union
July 11, 1946 - April 12, 1947
0 years, 275 days
(1859-07-10)July 10, 1859
April 12, 1947(1947-04-12) (aged 87)

Dirk Jan de Geer

Dirk Jan de Geer
Member of the House of Representatives
Mayor of Arnhem
Minister of Finance
Minister of the Interior and Agriculture
Prime Minister
Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives
Christian Historical Union
August 31, 1933 - November 12, 1947
14 years, 73 days
(1870-12-14)December 14, 1870
November 28, 1960(1960-11-28) (aged 89)
Piet Aalberse
Member of the House of Representatives
Minister of Labour
Minister of Labour, Commerce and Industry
Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives
President of the House of Representatives
Member of the Council of State
Catholic People's Party
(General League of Roman Catholic Caucuses, Roman-Catholic State Party)
December 31, 1934 - July 5, 1948 13 years, 187 days (1871-03-27)March 27, 1871 July 5, 1948(1948-07-05) (aged 77)
Frans Beelaerts van Blokland
Frans Beelaerts van Blokland
Ambassador to China
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Vice President of the Council of State
Christian Historical Union December 22, 1936 - March 27, 1956 19 years, 96 days (1872-01-21)January 21, 1872 March 27, 1956(1956-03-27) (aged 84)
Pieter Sjoerds Gerbrandy
Pieter Sjoerds Gerbrandy
Minister of Justice
Prime Minister
Minister of Colonial Affairs
Minister for General Warfare
Member of the House of Representatives
Anti Revolutionary Party April 5, 1955 - September 7, 1961 6 years, 155 days (1885-04-13)April 13, 1885 September 7, 1961(1961-09-07) (aged 76)
Josef van Schaik
Josef van Schaik
Member of the House of Representatives
President of the House of Representatives
Minister of Justice
Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives
Minister without portfolio
Deputy Prime Minister
Minister of Transport, Public Works and Water Management
Minister of the Interior
Member of the Council of State
Catholic People's Party
(Roman-Catholic State Party)
March 15, 1951 - March 23, 1962 11 years, 8 days (1882-01-31)January 31, 1882 March 23, 1962(1962-03-23) (aged 80)
Pieter Oud
Pieter Oud
Member of the House of Representatives
Minister of Finance
Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives
Mayor of Rotterdam
People's Party for Freedom and Democracy
(Free-thinking Democratic League, Labour Party)
November 9, 1963 - August 12, 1968 4 years, 277 days (1886-12-05)December 5, 1886 August 12, 1968(1968-08-12) (aged 81)
Jo Cals
Jo Cals
Member of the House of Representatives
State Secretary for Education, Arts and Science
Minister of Education, Arts and Science
Minister of General Affairs
Prime Minister
Catholic People's Party
(Roman-Catholic State Party)
December 5, 1966 - December 30, 1971 5 years, 25 days (1914-07-18)July 18, 1914 December 30, 1971(1971-12-30) (aged 57)
Louis Beel
Louis Beel
Minister of the Interior
Member of the House of Representatives
Prime Minister
Minister of Colonial Affairs
Minister of General Affairs
Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies
Deputy Prime Minister
Minister of Social Work
Minister of Education, Arts and Science
Minister of Justice
Member of the Council of State
Minister of Social Affairs
Minister of Health
Vice President of the Council of State
Catholic People's Party
(Roman-Catholic State Party)
November 21, 1956 - February 11, 1977 20 years, 82 days (1902-04-12)April 12, 1902 February 11, 1977(1977-02-11) (aged 74)
Tjarda van Starkenborgh Stachouwer
Tjarda van Starkenborgh Stachouwer
Queen's Commissioner of Groningen
Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies
Ambassador to France
Independent June 28, 1956 - August 16, 1978 22 years, 49 days (1888-03-07)March 7, 1888 August 16, 1978(1978-08-16) (aged 90)
Carl Romme
Carl Romme
Member of the House of Representatives
Member of the Senate
Minister of Social Affairs
Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives
Member of the Council of State
Catholic People's Party
(Roman-Catholic State Party)
December 16, 1971 - October 16, 1980 8 years, 305 days (1896-12-21)December 21, 1896 October 16, 1980(1980-10-16) (aged 83)
Jan Donner
Jan Donner
Minister of Justice
President of the Supreme Court
Anti Revolutionary Party December 16, 1971 - February 2, 1981 9 years, 48 days (1891-02-03)February 3, 1891 February 2, 1981(1981-02-02) (aged 89)
Eelco van Kleffens
Eelco van Kleffens
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Minister without portfolio
Ambassador to the United States
Ambassador to Portugal
President of the United Nations General Assembly
Independent July 4, 1950 - June 17, 1983 32 years, 348 days (1894-11-17)November 17, 1894 June 17, 1983(1983-06-17) (aged 88)
Jaap Burger
Jaap Burger
Minister without portfolio
Minister of the Interior
Member of the House of Representatives
Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives
Member of the Senate
Member of the European Parliament
Member of the Council of State
Labour Party
(Social Democratic Workers' Party)
January 4, 1975 - August 19, 1986 11 years, 227 days (1904-08-20)August 20, 1904 August 19, 1986(1986-08-19) (aged 81)
Marga Klompé
Marga Klompé
Member of the House of Representatives
Minister of Social Work
Minister of Education, Arts and Science
Minister of Culture, Recreation and Social Work
Christian Democratic Appeal
(Catholic People's Party)
July 17, 1971 - October 26, 1986 15 years, 101 days (1912-08-16)August 16, 1912 October 26, 1986(1986-10-26) (aged 74)
Willem Drees
Willem Drees
Member of the House of Representatives
Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives
Minister of Social Affairs
Deputy Prime Minister
Minister of Colonial Affairs
Minister of Finance
Minister of General Affairs
Prime Minister
Labour Party
(Social Democratic Workers' Party)
December 22, 1958 - May 14, 1988 29 years, 144 days (1886-07-05)July 5, 1886 May 14, 1988(1988-05-14) (aged 101)
Marinus Ruppert
Marinus Ruppert
Member of the Senate
Member of the Council of State
Vice President of the Council of State
Christian Democratic Appeal
(Anti Revolutionary Party)
November 29, 1980 - February 27, 1992 11 years, 90 days (1911-09-01)September 1, 1911 February 27, 1992(1992-02-27) (aged 80)
Ivo Samkalden
Ivo Samkalden
Minister of Justice
Member of the House of Representatives
Member of the Senate
Minister of the Interior
Mayor of Amsterdam
Labour Party January 22, 1985 - May 11, 1995 10 years, 109 days (1912-08-10)August 10, 1912 May 11, 1995(1995-05-11) (aged 82)
Emiel van Lennep
Emiel van Lennep
Treasurer Christian Democratic Appeal
(Christian Historical Union)
April 29, 1986 - October 2, 1996 10 years, 156 days (1915-01-20)January 20, 1915 October 2, 1996(1996-10-02) (aged 81)
Jelle Zijlstra
Jelle Zijlstra
Minister of Economic Affairs
Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives
Member of the House of Representatives
Minister of Finance
Member of the Senate
Minister of General Affairs
Prime Minister
President of the Central Bank
Christian Democratic Appeal
(Anti Revolutionary Party)
April 30, 1983 - December 23, 2001 18 years, 237 days (1918-08-27)August 27, 1918 December 23, 2001(2001-12-23) (aged 83)
Willem Scholten
Willem Scholten
Member of the House of Representatives
State Secretary for Finance
Member of the European Parliament
Member of the Council of State
Minister of Defence
Vice President of the Council of State
Christian Democratic Appeal
(Christian Historical Union)
July 1, 1997 - January 1, 2005 7 years, 184 days (1927-06-01)June 1, 1927 January 1, 2005(2005-01-01) (aged 77)
Edzo Toxopeus
Edzo Toxopeus
Member of the House of Representatives
Minister of the Interior
Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives
Queen's Commissioner of Groningen
Member of the Council of State
People's Party for Freedom and Democracy January 22, 1985 - August 23, 2009 24 years, 213 days (1918-02-19)February 19, 1918 August 28, 2009(2009-08-28) (aged 91)
Hans van Mierlo
Hans van Mierlo
Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives
Member of the House of Representatives
Minister of Defence
Member of the Senate
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Deputy Prime Minister
Democrats 66 October 24, 1998 - March 11, 2010 11 years, 138 days (1931-08-18)August 18, 1931 March 11, 2010(2010-03-11) (aged 78)
Max van der Stoel
Max van der Stoel
Member of the Senate
Member of the House of Representatives
State Secretary for Foreign Affairs
Member of the European Parliament
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Ambassador to the United Nations
Member of the Council of State
High Commissioner on National Minorities
Labour Party May 17, 1991 - April 23, 2011 19 years, 341 days (1924-08-03)August 3, 1924 April 23, 2011(2011-04-23) (aged 86)
Pieter Kooijmans
Pieter Kooijmans
State Secretary for Foreign Affairs
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Judge of the International Court of Justice
Christian Democratic Appeal
(Anti Revolutionary Party)
July 13, 2007 - February 13, 2013
5 years, 215 days
(1933-07-06)July 6, 1933
February 13, 2013(2013-02-13) (aged 79)
Els Borst
Els Borst
Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport
Member of the House of Representatives
Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives
Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands
Democrats 66
December 21, 2012 - February 8, 2014
1 year, 49 days
(1932-03-22)March 22, 1932
February 8, 2014(2014-02-08) (aged 81)

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