Herman Tjeenk Willink

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His Excellency
Herman Tjeenk Willink
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Vice President of the Council of State
In office
1 July 1997 – 1 February 2012
Monarch Beatrix
Preceded by Willem Scholten
Succeeded by Piet Hein Donner
President of the Senate
In office
11 June 1991 – 11 March 1997
Preceded by Piet Steenkamp
Succeeded by Frits Korthals Altes
Member of the Senate of the Netherlands
In office
23 June 1987 – 11 March 1997
Personal details
Born Herman Diederik Tjeenk Willink
(1942-01-23) 23 January 1942 (age 75)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Political party Labour Party
Residence The Hague, Netherlands
Alma mater Leiden University (Master of Laws)
Occupation Politician
Civil servant

Herman Diederik Tjeenk Willink (born 23 January 1942) is a retired Dutch politician of the Labour Party (PvdA).

Tjeenk Willink served as a Member of the Senate from 23 June 1987 until 11 March 1997 and served as President of the Senate from 11 June 1991 until 11 March 1997. He resigned both positions when he was selected as the Vice President of the Council of State taking office on 1 July 1997 and therefore the most important advisor to Queen Beatrix during that time.



  1. ^ (in Dutch) Benoeming ministers van Staat, Rijksoverheid, December 21, 2012
  2. ^ Koninklijk Huis verleent Tjeenk Willink eretitel - website nu.nl

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Political offices
Preceded by
Piet Steenkamp
President of the Senate
Succeeded by
Frits Korthals Altes
Preceded by
Willem Scholten
Vice President of the Council of State
Succeeded by
Piet Hein Donner