Herman De Croo

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Herman De Croo
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Herman De Croo (2009)
President of the Chamber of Representatives
In office
1 July 1999 – 12 July 2007
Preceded by Raymond Langendries
Succeeded by Herman Van Rompuy
Assumed office
8 June 1995
In office
31 March 1968 – 15 December 1991
In office
16 December 1991 – 7 June 1995
Personal details
Born (1937-08-12) 12 August 1937 (age 80)
Brakel, Belgium
Political party Open Flemish Liberals and Democrats
Alma mater Free University of Brussels, French
University of Chicago

Herman Francies Joseph De Croo (born 12 August 1937 in Opbrakel) is a Belgian liberal politician. He is a member of the Open VLD. First elected in March 1968, he is the longest serving Belgian Member of Parliament. He is the father of Open VLD Minister of Pensions and Deputy Prime Minister Alexander De Croo.

He obtained a doctorate in law from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (U.L.B.) in 1961. With a Fulbright scholarship he attended University of Chicago Law School (United States) (1961‑1962).

From 1999 until July 2007 De Croo was the President of the Chamber of Representatives, the lower house of the country's Federal Parliament. He is the current mayor of Brakel.

De Croo was first elected to the Chamber of Representatives in 1968 for the PVV-PLP. He has since served in various governments as minister of Transport and Foreign Trade; minister of Transport, Postal Services, Telegraphy and Telephony; minister of Education and minister of Postal Services, Telegraphy, Telephony and Pensions.

Herman De Croo, who holds a Ph.D. in law, is a former Professor of Common Law at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.



  • Parlement et Gouvernement (1965)
  • Het Parlement aan het werk, de taak van de hedendaagse vertegenwoordiging" (1966)
  • België/Belgique : Service Nation (1985 and 1988)
  • De wereld volgens Herman De Croo (1999)

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Political offices
Preceded by
Raymond Langendries
President of the Chamber of Representatives
Succeeded by
Herman Van Rompuy