Ed van Thijn

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Ed van Thijn
Ed van Thijn portrait.jpg
Ed van Thijn in 2010
Member of the Senate
In office
8 June 1999 – 12 June 2007
Minister of the Interior
In office
18 January 1994 – 27 May 1994
Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers
Preceded by Ernst Hirsch Ballin
Succeeded by Dieuwke de Graaff-Nauta
Mayor of Amsterdam
In office
16 June 1983 – 18 January 1994
Preceded by Wim Polak
Succeeded by Schelto Patijn
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
16 September 1982 – 16 June 1983
Minister of the Interior
In office
11 September 1981 – 29 May 1982
Prime Minister Dries van Agt
Preceded by Hans Wiegel
Succeeded by Max Rood
Parliamentary leader of the Labour Party in the House of Representatives
In office
15 May 1973 – 16 January 1978
Preceded by Joop den Uyl
Succeeded by Joop den Uyl
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
23 February 1967 – 11 September 1981
Personal details
Born Eduard van Thijn
(1934-08-16) 16 August 1934 (age 82)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Political party Labour Party
Spouse(s) First wife (m. 1964; div. 1972)
Eveline Herfkens (m. 1983; div. 1990)
Odette Taminiau (m. 1992)
Domestic partner Hedy d'Ancona
Children Carla van Thijn (born 1965)
Marion van Thijn (born 1968)
Residence Amsterdam, Netherlands
Alma mater University of Amsterdam (Master of Science)
Occupation Politician, author, professor
Religion Progressive Judaism

Eduard "Ed" van Thijn (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈeːdyɑrt ˈɛt fɑn ˈtɛi̯n];[1] born 16 August 1934) is a retired Dutch politician of the Labour Party (PvdA).

Early life[edit]

Eduard van Thijn was born on 16 August 1934 in Amsterdam in the Netherlands.


1960s to 1970s[edit]

He served as a Member of the House of Representatives from 23 February 1967 until 11 September 1981. When Joop den Uyl became Prime Minister, Van Thijn became the Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives, serving from 15 May 1973 until 16 January 1978.


Van Thijn became Minister of the Interior serving from 11 September 1981 until 29 May 1982 in the Cabinet Van Agt II and again a Member of the House of Representatives from 16 September 1982 until 16 June 1983. [2]

16 June 1983, Van Thijn became Mayor of Amsterdam, serving as Mayor until resignation on 18 January 1994. [2]

On 4 October 1992, while Van Thijn was the mayor, an Israeli airline El Al Flight 1862 crashed into the Groeneveen and Klein-Kruitberg flats in the Bijlmermeer (colloquially "Bijlmer") neighbourhood (part of Amsterdam-Zuidoost) of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Hundreds of people were left homeless by the crash; the city's municipal buses were used to transport survivors to emergency shelters. Firefighters and police also were forced to deal with reports of looting in the area. [3]


In January 1994, van Thijn became Minister of the Interior again serving from 18 January 1994 until 27 May 1994, when he resigned following the IRT-affair. He later served as a Member of the Senate from 8 June 1999 until 12 June 2007. [2]

Personal life[edit]

Van Thijn in 2010

Van Thijn had two ex-wives and a domestic partner. In 1992, Van Thijn married Odette Taminiau. Van Thijn's children are Carla van Thijn (b. 1965) and Marion van Thijn (b. 1968). Although not raised religiously observant, in recent years he orients himself with Progressive Judaism.



  • Brouwer, Jan Willem; van Merriënboer, Johan (2001). Van buitengaats naar Binnenhof: P.J.S. de Jong, een biografie. Netherlands: Sdu Uitgevers. ISBN 9789012087742. 


  1. ^ van in isolation: [vɑn].[citation needed]
  2. ^ a b c (Dutch) Archief Ed van Thijn
  3. ^ "Bijlmerramp". National Fire Service Documentation Centre (in Dutch). Archived from the original on 7 January 2015. Retrieved 7 January 2015. 

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Joop den Uyl
Parliamentary leader of the Labour Party
in the House of Representatives

Succeeded by
Joop den Uyl
Government offices
Preceded by
Hans Wiegel
Minister of the Interior
Succeeded by
Max Rood
Preceded by
Ernst Hirsch Ballin
Minister of the Interior
Succeeded by
Dieuwke de Graaff-Nauta
Political offices
Preceded by
Wim Polak
Mayor of Amsterdam
Succeeded by
Schelto Patijn