Franc Weerwind

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Franc Weerwind
Weerwind in 2022
Minister for Legal Protection
Assumed office
10 January 2022
Prime MinisterMark Rutte
Preceded bySander Dekker
Mayor of Almere
In office
9 September 2015 – 10 January 2022
Preceded byAnnemarie Jorritsma
Succeeded byAnk Bijleveld (acting)
Mayor of Velsen
In office
16 September 2009 – 9 September 2015
Mayor of Niedorp
In office
1 December 2004 – 16 September 2009
Personal details
Franciscus Max Weerwind

(1964-09-22) 22 September 1964 (age 59)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Political partyDemocrats 66

Franciscus Max "Franc" Weerwind (born 22 September 1964) is a Dutch politician of Democrats 66 (D66) who has been serving as minister for legal protection in the cabinet of Prime Minister Mark Rutte since 10 January 2022.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Weerwind was born in Amsterdam and is of Surinamese descent. He grew up in Nieuw-Vennep and studied Public administration at Leiden University between 1986 and 1992 (he did not complete his study).[2] During his attending years at the university, and at the same time as the then crown prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, he became a member of the student fraternity LSV Minerva in 1987.[3]

Political career[edit]

In 2000, Weerwind became deputy city manager of Leiderdorp and a year later he became city manager of Wormerland. On 1 december 2004, he was appointed mayor of the municipality of Niedorp, and from September 2009 until September 2015 he was mayor of Velsen.[4] From September 2015 until January 2022 he was mayor of Almere.[5]

Under Weerwind’s leadership, the Dutch government resumed adoptions of children from the Philippines, Hungary, Lesotho, Taiwan, Thailand and South Africa in 2022, after a nearly two-year-freeze on new international adoptions.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Weerwind is married to Ilse Overzier, they have two children. [7]

Electoral history[edit]

Electoral history of Franc Weerwind
Year Body Party Pos. Votes Result Ref.
Party seats Individual
2023 House of Representatives Democrats 66 72[a] 210 9 Lost [8]


  1. ^ Weerwind participated as a lijstduwer.


  1. ^ F.M. (Franc) Weerwind,
  2. ^ Members of the government: Franc Weerwind - official website of the Government of the Netherlands
  3. ^ Voormalig student bestuurskunde nu burgemeester van Almere - website of Leiden University
  4. ^ De heer Weerwind nieuwe burgemeester van Velsen Provincie Noord-Holland. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  5. ^ Franc Weerwind geïnstalleerd als burgemeester Omroep Flevoland. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  6. ^ Stephanie van den Berg (31 October 2022), Netherlands to resume international adoptions from selected countries Reuters.
  7. ^
  8. ^ "Proces-verbaal van de uitslag van de verkiezing van de Tweede Kamer der Staten-Generaal 2023 d.d. 4 december 2023" [Report of the results of the election of the House of Representatives on 4 December 2023] (PDF). Dutch Electoral Council (in Dutch). 4 December 2023. pp. 21–22. Retrieved 21 December 2023.

External links[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Leny Jansen-van der Gevel
Mayor of Niedorp
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Peter Cammaert
Mayor of Velsen
Succeeded by
Amy Koopmanschap
Preceded by Mayor of Almere
Succeeded by
Ank Bijleveld (acting)
Preceded by Minister for Legal Protection