Bram Stemerdink

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Bram Stemerdink

Bram Stemerdink 1979 (1).jpg
Bram Stemerdink in 1979
Minister of Defence
In office
1 January 1977 – 19 December 1977
Prime MinisterJoop den Uyl
Preceded byHenk Vredeling
Succeeded byRoelof Kruisinga
State Secretary for Defence
In office
11 September 1981 – 29 May 1982
Serving with Jan van Houwelingen
Prime MinisterDries van Agt
Preceded byWim van Eekelen
Succeeded byJan van Houwelingen
In office
11 May 1973 – 1 January 1977
Serving with Joep Mommersteeg
(1973–1974)
Cees van Lent
(1974–1977)
Prime MinisterJoop den Uyl
Preceded byAdri van Es
Succeeded byWim van Eekelen
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
16 September 1982 – 17 May 1994
In office
16 January 1978 – 11 September 1981
In office
14 June 1977 – 14 September 1977
In office
25 August 1970 – 11 May 1973
Parliamentary groupLabour Party
Personal details
Born
Abraham Stemerdink

(1936-03-06) 6 March 1936 (age 82)
Winterswijk, Netherlands
NationalityDutch
Political partyLabour Party
Spouse(s)
Elly Stemerdink (m. 1968)
Residence's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
Alma materLeiden University
(Bachelor of Laws, Master of Laws)
OccupationPolitician · Army officer · Jurist · Historian · Nonprofit director · Television presenter · Author
Military service
AllegianceNetherlands
Service/branchRoyal Netherlands Army
Years of service1954–1966
RankNl-landmacht-kapitein ritmeester.svg Captain

Abraham "Bram" Stemerdink (born 6 March 1936) is a retired Dutch politician of the Labour Party (PvdA).

Biography[edit]

Bram Stemerdink was initially a captain in the Army, but lost an eye in a military exercise, after which he studied law in Leiden. Then he became secretary of the Council of War, member of the North Brabant province government and councilor for the city 's-Hertogenbosch and since 1970 Member of Parliament (MP). In the Den Uyl administration he was Secretary of State of Defence from 1973 and from 1 January to 19 December 1977 Minister of Defence.[1] In the second van Agt administration he was secretary of state again. In the periods 1978–1981 and 1982–1994 he was an MP. Stemerdink was an independent politician with historical interest. He was an activist for the preservation of the old parliament hall. He has been a respected radio commentator for many years.[citation needed] He is also chairman of the foundation National War and Resistance in Overloon (the Netherlands).

Decorations[edit]

Honours
Ribbon bar Honour Country Date Comment
NLD Order of the Dutch Lion - Knight BAR.png Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion Netherlands 11 April 1978
NLD Order of Orange-Nassau - Commander BAR.png Commander of the Order of Orange-Nassau Netherlands 9 December 1982

References[edit]

  1. ^ Harryvan, Anjo G. (2009-04-30). In pursuit of influence: the Netherlands' European policy during the formative years of the European Union, 1952-1973. Peter Lang. pp. 225–. ISBN 978-90-5201-497-5. Retrieved 25 September 2011.

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Official
Political offices
Preceded by
Adri van Es
State Secretary for Defence
1973–1977
1981–1982
Served alongside:
Joep Mommersteeg
(1973–1974)
Cees van Lent
(1974–1977)
Jan van Houwelingen
(1981–1982)
Succeeded by
Wim van Eekelen
Preceded by
Wim van Eekelen
Succeeded by
Jan van Houwelingen
Preceded by
Henk Vredeling
Minister of Defence
1977
Succeeded by
Roelof Kruisinga