Hans van Mierlo

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His Excellency
Hans van Mierlo
Hans van Mierlo fractievoorzitter.jpg
Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands
In office
August 22, 1994 – August 3, 1998
Serving with Hans Dijkstal
Prime Minister Wim Kok
Preceded by Wim Kok
Succeeded by Annemarie Jorritsma
Els Borst
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
August 22, 1994 – August 3, 1998
Prime Minister Wim Kok
Preceded by Pieter Kooijmans
Succeeded by Jozias van Aartsen
Party leader of the Democrats 66
In office
January 25, 1986 – February 15, 1998
Preceded by Maarten Engwirda
Succeeded by Els Borst
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
June 3, 1986 – August 22, 1994
Parliamentary leader of the Democrats 66 in the House of Representatives
In office
May 22, 1986 – August 19, 1994
Preceded by Maarten Engwirda
Succeeded by Gerrit-Jan Wolffensperger
Member of the Senate
In office
September 13, 1983 – June 4, 1986
Minister of Defense
In office
September 11, 1981 – November 4, 1982
Prime Minister Dries van Agt
Preceded by Pieter de Geus
Succeeded by Job de Ruiter
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
Februari 23, 1967 – June 8, 1977
Parliamentary leader of the Democrats 66 in the House of Representatives
In office
February 16, 1967 – September 1, 1973
Preceded by Position created
Succeeded by Jan Terlouw
Party leader of the Democrats 66
In office
September 14, 1966 – September 1, 1973
Preceded by Position created
Succeeded by Jan Terlouw
Party chair of the Democrats 66
In office
October 14, 1966 – February 16, 1967
Preceded by Position created
Succeeded by Geb Ringnalda
Personal details
Born Henricus Antonius Franciscus Maria Oliva van Mierlo
(1931-08-18)August 18, 1931
Breda, Netherlands
Died March 11, 2010(2010-03-11) (aged 78)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Political party Democrats 66
Spouse(s) Anna Los
(m. 1961-1963; divorced)
Olla van Maasdijk
(m. 1964-1984; divorced)
Connie Palmen
(m. 2009-2010; his death)
Domestic partner Gretta Nieuwenhuizen
(1985-1986)
Aafke van der Made
(1987-1997)
Connie Palmen
(1999-2009)
Children 3 children
Alma mater Radboud University Nijmegen (Master of Laws)
Occupation Politician
Journalist
Religion Roman Catholicism
(1931–1952)
Non-religious (Atheism)
(from 1952)
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Henricus Antonius Franciscus Maria Oliva "Hans" van Mierlo (August 18, 1931 – March 11, 2010) was a Dutch politician of the Democrats 66 (D66). In 1966 Van Mierlo together with Hans Gruijters founded the Democrats 66. He served as Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives for a total of 14 years, from February 16, 1967 until September 1, 1973 and from May 22, 1986 until August 19, 1994. He has been member of both the Senate and House of Representatives of the States-General.

He served as Minister of Defense from September 11, 1981 until November 4, 1982 in the Cabinets van Agt II and III. He later served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister from August 22, 1994 until August 3, 1998 in the Cabinet Kok I.

On October 24, 1998 he was granted the honorary title of Minister of State.[1]

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Hans van Mierlo attended high school at the Canisius College in Nijmegen. He studied law Radboud University Nijmegen. In 1960 he did his examination as Master of Laws. From 1960 up to 1967 he worked at NRC Handelsblad in Amsterdam, first as an editor Home Affairs, later as the opinion page's chief editor.

Politics[edit]

In 1966 he co-founded the social liberal Democrats 66 (D66). He was a Member of the House of Representatives from Februari 23, 1967 until June 8, 1977. He was the Democrats 66 first Chair of the Parliamentary Party in the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) from February 16, 1967 until September 1, 1973. From September 11, 1981 until November 4, 1982 he was Minister of Defense in the Cabinets van Agt II and III. He served as a Member of the Senate (Eerste Kamer) from September 13, 1983 until June 4, 1986. He again served as a Member of the House of Representatives from June 3, 1986 until August 22, 1994 and as Chair of the Parliamentary Party of the House of Representatives from May 22, 1986 until August 19, 1994. Van Mierlo concluded his political career as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister from August 22, 1994 until August 3, 1998 in the Cabinet Kok I.

Personal[edit]

He was appointed Minister of State on October 24, 1998, a mainly honorary title for politicians with an extensive history of government service. Hans van Mierlo has been married three times. He has a son from his first marriage and two daughters from the second. Since 1999 Van Mierlo had a relationship with the Dutch writer Connie Palmen; they got married on November 11, 2009, in Amsterdam.[2]

Death[edit]

Hans van Mierlo died on March 11, 2010 at the of age 78.;[3][4] he had been living with a transplanted liver since 2000 [5] which was required after liver failure as a consequence of a hepatitis C contamination contracted from a blood transfusion in 1982.[6]

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Position created
Party chair of the Democrats 66
1966–1967
Succeeded by
Geb Ringnalda
Preceded by
Position created
Party leader of the Democrats 66
1966–1973
Succeeded by
Jan Terlouw
Preceded by
Position created
Parliamentary leader of the Democrats 66
in the House of Representatives

1967–1973
Succeeded by
Jan Terlouw
Preceded by
Maarten Engwirda
Party leader of the Democrats 66
1986–1998
Succeeded by
Els Borst
Preceded by
Maarten Engwirda
Parliamentary leader of the Democrats 66
in the House of Representatives

1986–1994
Succeeded by
Gerrit-Jan Wolffensperger
Government offices
Preceded by
Pieter de Geus
Minister of Defence
1981–1982
Succeeded by
Job de Ruiter
Preceded by
Pieter Kooijmans
Minister of Foreign Affairs
1994–1998
Succeeded by
Jozias van Aartsen
Political offices
Preceded by
Wim Kok
Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands
1994-1998
With: Hans Dijkstal
Succeeded by
Annemarie Jorritsma
Els Borst