Gerrit Braks

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His Excellency
Gerrit Braks
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Gerrit Braks in 1984
Acting Mayor of Eindhoven
In office
1 September 2007 – 7 April 2008
Preceded by Alexander Sakkers
Succeeded by Rob van Gijzel
President of the Senate
In office
2 October 2001 – 10 June 2003
Preceded by Frits Korthals Altes
Succeeded by Yvonne Timmerman-Buck
Parliamentary leader of the Christian Democratic Appeal in the Senate
In office
8 June 1999 – 2 October 2001
Preceded by Luck van Leeuwen
Succeeded by Yvonne Timmerman-Buck
Member of the Senate
In office
11 June 1991 – 10 June 2003
Minister of Education and Science
In office
15 September 1989 – 7 November 1989
Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers
Preceded by Wim Deetman
Succeeded by Jo Ritzen
Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Fisheries
In office
4 November 1982 – 18 September 1990
Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers
Preceded by Jan de Koning
Succeeded by Bert de Vries
In office
5 March 1980 – 11 September 1981
Prime Minister Dries van Agt
Preceded by Fons van der Stee
Succeeded by Jan de Koning
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
14 September 1989 – 7 November 1989
In office
3 June 1986 – 14 July 1986
In office
15 September 1981 – 4 November 1982
In office
10 June 1981 – 9 September 1981
In office
8 June 1977 – 5 March 1980
Personal details
Born Gerardus Johannes Maria Braks
(1933-05-23)23 May 1933
Uden, Netherlands
Died 12 July 2017(2017-07-12) (aged 84)
Sint-Michielsgestel, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Political party Christian Democratic Appeal
(from 1980)
Other political
affiliations
Catholic People's Party
(1975–1980)
Spouse(s)
Francisca Antonia Maria Bardoel
(m. 1965; her death 2000)
Children 5 children
Alma mater Wageningen University
(Bachelor of Engineering, Master of Engineering)
Occupation Politician
Civil servant
Agronomist
Civil engineer
Corporate director
Nonprofit director

Gerardus Johannes Maria "Gerrit" Braks (23 May 1933 – 12 July 2017) was a Dutch politician of the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA).

He was a member of the Catholic People's Party from 1975 until 1980 when this party became part of the Christian Democratic Appeal. He was a member of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands in 1977–1980, 1981–1982, 1986 and 1989. He was minister of farming and fishery in 1980–1981, and 1982–1989, and was in this function during the Chernobyl disaster. In 1989 he was minister of education and sciences and he was minister of farming, nature management and fishery in 1989–1990. He was a member of the Senate of the Netherlands from 11 June 1991 until 10 June 2003. And as such he was parliamentary group leader in the senate from 18 June 1999 until 2 October 2001 when he became president of the Senate until 2003.[1][2]

Other functions[edit]

From 11 March 1991 until 1 April 1996 he was chairman of the Katholieke Radio Omroep. On 1 September 2007 he was named acting mayor of Eindhoven until after a referendum the next mayor was named by the crown on 7 April 2008.

Honours[edit]

He was invested as a Commander in the Order of the Netherlands Lion and as a Knight inof the Order of Orange-Nassau.[citation needed] He also received the Jacoba van Beierenprijs in 1990, an honorary badge from the Wageningen University and Research Centre in 1993 and was an honorary citizen of the Dutch province of North Brabant. The Spanish king made him Knight Grand Cross in the Order of Isabella the Catholic.

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Official
Party political offices
Preceded by
Luck van Leeuwen
Parliamentary leader of the Christian Democratic Appeal
in the Senate

1999–2001
Succeeded by
Yvonne Timmerman-Buck
Political offices
Preceded by
Fons van der Stee
Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Fisheries
1980–1981
Succeeded by
Jan de Koning
Preceded by
Jan de Koning
Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Fisheries
1982–1990
Succeeded by
Bert de Vries
Preceded by
Wim Deetman
Minister of Education and Science
1989
Succeeded by
Jo Ritzen
Preceded by
Frits Korthals Altes
President of the Senate
2001–2003
Succeeded by
Yvonne Timmerman-Buck
Preceded by
Alexander Sakkers
Acting Mayor of Eindhoven
2007–2008
Succeeded by
Rob van Gijzel
Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
Ben Schmitz
Chairman of the Catholic Radio Broadcasting
1991–1996
Succeeded by
Frans Slangen