|Minister of Defence|
October 14, 2010 – November 5, 2012
|Prime Minister||Mark Rutte|
|Preceded by||Eimert van Middelkoop|
|Succeeded by||Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert|
|Member of the Senate|
June 27, 2007 – October 17, 2010
|Member of the House of Representatives|
March 20, 1990 – May 23, 2002
|Born||Johannes Stefanus Joseph Hillen
June 17, 1947
The Hague, Netherlands
|Political party||Christian Democratic Appeal|
|Alma mater||Utrecht University (M.A.)|
|Website||Ministry of Defence|
Johannes Stefanus Joseph "Hans" Hillen (born June 17, 1947) is a former Dutch politician of the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA). He served as Minister of Defence in the Cabinet Rutte I from 2010 to 2012.
Hillen studied sociology at Utrecht University. He has been a (sports) journalist for the Nederlandse Omroep Stichting (NOS), teacher and civil servant (in the eighties he was spokesman of minister of Finance Onno Ruding and defender of his outspoken budget cuts) before entering in politics
From 1990 till 2002 he was a member of the House of Representatives and from 2007 till 2010 a member of the Senate. From October 14, 2010 to November 5, 2012 he was minister of Defence. He is in favor of a strong defence and close ties with NATO.
From 2003 till 2007 Hillen was president of CVZ, the Dutch council for the healthcare, and from 2005 till 2010 a member of the executive board of the Dutch employers' organization VNO-NCW. He also did some writing, he wrote columns for Elsevier and Katholiek Nieuwsblad.
Furthermore he is involved in the Edmund Burke Foundation, a Dutch conservative think tank. In 2004 he left the advisory council because a conflict of opinion with prominent co-member Bart Jan Spruyt, who wanted to found a new political party with Geert Wilders.
- Order of Orange-Nassau
- Knight (May 22, 2002)
- (Dutch) Parlement.com biography
- His father worked in the army.
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