Gerrit Braks

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Gerrit Braks
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Gerrit Braks in 1984
Mayor of Eindhoven
In office
1 September 2007 – 7 April 2008
Ad interim
Preceded byAlexander Sakkers
Succeeded byRob van Gijzel
President of the Senate
In office
2 October 2001 – 10 June 2003
Preceded byFrits Korthals Altes
Succeeded byYvonne Timmerman-Buck
Parliamentary leader in the Senate
In office
8 June 1999 – 2 October 2001
Preceded byLuck van Leeuwen
Succeeded byYvonne Timmerman-Buck
Parliamentary groupChristian Democratic Appeal
Member of the Senate
In office
11 June 1991 – 10 June 2003
Parliamentary groupChristian Democratic Appeal
Minister of Agriculture,
Nature and Fisheries
In office
7 November 1989 – 18 September 1990
Prime MinisterRuud Lubbers
Preceded byHimself
as Minister of Agriculture
and Fisheries
Succeeded byBert de Vries (Ad interim)
Minister of Education and Sciences
In office
14 September 1989 – 7 November 1989
Ad interim
Prime MinisterRuud Lubbers
Preceded byWim Deetman
Succeeded byJo Ritzen
Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries
In office
4 November 1982 – 7 November 1989
Prime MinisterRuud Lubbers
Preceded byJan de Koning
Succeeded byHimself
as Minister of Agriculture,
Nature and Fisheries
In office
5 March 1980 – 11 September 1981
Prime MinisterDries van Agt
Preceded byFons van der Stee
Succeeded byJan 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
Parliamentary groupChristian Democratic Appeal
(1980–1989)
Catholic People's Party
(1977–1980)
Personal details
Born
Gerardus Johannes Maria Braks

(1933-05-23)23 May 1933
Uden, Netherlands
Died12 July 2017(2017-07-12) (aged 84)
Sint-Michielsgestel, Netherlands
NationalityDutch
Political partyChristian Democratic Appeal
(from 1980)
Other political
affiliations
Catholic People's Party
(1975–1980)
Spouse(s)
Francisca Antonia Maria Bardoel
(m. 1965; her death 2000)
Children5 children
Alma materWageningen University
(Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Master of Science in Engineering)
OccupationPolitician · Civil servant · Agronomist · Civil engineer · Corporate director · Nonprofit director · Media administrator

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

Braks worked as a agronomist and agricultural engineer in Eindhoven from 1966 until 1970 and as a civil servant for the Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Commission from 1970 until 1977. Braks was elected as a Member of the House of Representatives after the election of 1977, taking office on 8 June 1977. Braks was nominated as Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries in the Cabinet Van Agt I following the appointed of Fons van der Stee as Minister of Finance, taking office on 5 March 1980. Following the election of 1981 Braks returned as a Member of the House of Representatives, serving from 10 June 1981 until 9 September 1981 and again from 15 September 1981 until 4 November 1982. Braks was not giving a ministerial post in the new Cabinet Van Agt II. After the election of 1982 Braks was again appointed as Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries in the Cabinet Lubbers I, taking office on 4 November 1982.

After the election of 1986 Braks again returned as a Member of the House of Representatives, taking office on 3 June 1986. Braks continued as Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries in the Cabinet Lubbers II, taking office on 14 July 1986. Following the election of 1989 Braks once again returned as a Member of the House of Representatives, taking office on 14 September 1989. Braks served as acting Minister of Education and Sciences from 14 September 1989 until 7 November 1989 following the selection of Wim Deetman as Speaker of the House of Representatives. Braks continued as Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Fisheries in the Cabinet Lubbers III, taking office on 7 November 1989. On 18 September 1990 Braks resigned after the Labour Party in the House of Representatives indicated that they had lost confidence in his ability to remain in office after strongly disagreeing in his animal welfare and fraud policy.

Braks remained in active politics, he was elected as a Member of the Senate after the Senate election of 1991, taking office on 11 June 1991 and he also served as Chairman of the Catholic Radio Broadcasting, from 11 March 1991 until 1 April 1996. Following the Senate election of 1999 Braks was selected as Parliamentary leader of the Christian Democratic Appeal in the Senate, taking office on 8 June 1999. Braks was nominated as President of the Senate following the resignation of Frits Korthals Altes, taking office on 2 October 2001. In February 2003 Braks announced his retirement from national politics and that he would not stand for the Senate election of 2003. In August 2007 Braks was appointed as Ad interim Mayor of Eindhoven following a proposed referendum for the introduction of elected Mayors, serving from 1 September 2007 until 7 April 2008.[1][2]

Following the end of his active political career, Braks occupied numerous seats as a corporate director and nonprofit director for supervisory boards in the business and industry world and several international non-governmental organizations and research institutes (Rabobank, Campina, UTZ Certified, Enza Zaden, Vereniging Natuurmonumenten and the European Centre for Nature Conservation and leading several state commission on behalf of the government.

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed] The Spanish king made him Knight Grand Cross in the Order of Isabella the Catholic.[citation needed]

Decorations[edit]

Honours
Ribbon bar Honour Country Date Comment
Ordre du Merite agricole Commandeur 1999 ribbon.svg Commander of the Order of Agricultural Merit France 10 December 1986
ESP Isabella Catholic Order GC.svg Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Isabella the Catholic Spain 17 September 1987
Legion Honneur GO ribbon.svg Grand Officer of the Legion of Honour France 20 November 1988
NLD Order of the Dutch Lion - Commander BAR.png Commander of the Order of the Netherlands Lion Netherlands 1 May 1991 Elevated from Knight (26 October 1981)
BEL Order of Leopold II - Grand Cross BAR.png Grand Cross of the Order of Leopold II Belgium 15 June 1992
NLD Order of Orange-Nassau - Commander BAR.png Commander of the Order of Orange-Nassau Netherlands 10 June 2003 Elevated from Knight (30 April 1996)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gerrit Braks (CDA) nieuwe Voorzitter Eerste Kamer, Wim van Eekelen (VVD) nieuwe ondervoorzitter" (in Dutch). Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal. 2 October 2001. Retrieved 28 December 2010.
  2. ^ "Ir. G.J.M. Braks (CDA)" (in Dutch). Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal. Retrieved 28 December 2010.

External links[edit]

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 and Fisheries
1980–1981
1982–1989
Succeeded by
Jan de Koning
Preceded by
Jan de Koning
Succeeded by
Himself
as Minister of Agriculture,
Nature and Fisheries
Preceded by
Wim Deetman
Minister of Education and Sciences
Ad interim

1989
Succeeded by
Jo Ritzen
Preceded by
Himself
as Minister of Agriculture
and Fisheries
Minister of Agriculture, Nature
and Fisheries

1989–1990
Succeeded by
Bert de Vries
Ad interim
Preceded by
Frits Korthals Altes
President of the Senate
2001–2003
Succeeded by
Yvonne Timmerman-Buck
Preceded by
Alexander Sakkers
Mayor of Eindhoven
Ad interim

2007–2008
Succeeded by
Rob van Gijzel
Media offices
Preceded by
Ben Schmitz
Chairman of the
Catholic Radio Broadcasting

1991–1996
Succeeded by
Frans Slangen