Ien Dales

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Ien Dales
Staatssecretaris Dales (PvdA) tijdens het overleg - NL-HaNA Anefo 931-6885 WM422.jpg
Ien Dales in 1981
Minister of the Interior
In office
7 November 1989 – 10 January 1994
Prime MinisterRuud Lubbers
Preceded byKees van Dijk
Succeeded byErnst Hirsch Ballin (Ad interim)
Mayor of Nijmegen
In office
16 May 1987 – 7 November 1989
Preceded byFrans Hermsen
Succeeded byEd d'Hondt
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
16 September 1982 – 16 May 1987
Parliamentary groupLabour Party
State Secretary for Social Affairs
and Employment
In office
11 September 1981 – 29 May 1982
Serving with Hedy d'Ancona
Prime MinisterDries van Agt
Preceded byLouw de Graaf
as State Secretary
for Social Affairs
Succeeded byPiet van Zeil
Personal details
Catharina Isabella Dales

(1931-10-18)18 October 1931
Arnhem, Netherlands
Died10 January 1994(1994-01-10) (aged 62)
Utrecht, Netherlands
Cause of deathHeart attack
Political partyLabour Party (from 1968)
Domestic partnerElizabeth Schmitz (1981–1994)
Alma materUniversity of Amsterdam
(Bachelor of Education, Master of Education)
OccupationPolitician · Civil servant · Social worker

Catharina Isabella "Ien" Dales (18 October 1931 – 10 January 1994) was a Dutch politician of the Labour Party (PvdA) and social worker.[1]

Dales worked as a social worker from February 1953 until September 1977 and as a civil servant for municipality of Rotterdam as director of the Social Service from September 1977 until September 1981. After the election of 1981 Dales was appointed as State Secretary for Social Affairs and Employment in the Cabinet Van Agt II, taking office on 11 September 1981. The Cabinet Van Agt II fell just seven months into its term on 12 May 1982 and continued to serve in a demissionary capacity until it was replaced by the caretaker Cabinet Van Agt III on 29 May 1982. Dales was elected as a Member of the House of Representatives after the election of 1982, taking office on 16 September 1982. In April 1987 Dales was nominated as Mayor of Nijmegen, she resigned as a Member of the House of Representatives the day she was installed as Mayor, taking office on 16 May 1987. After the election of 1989 Dales was appointed as Minister of the Interior in the Cabinet Lubbers III, taking office on 7 November 1989. On 10 January 1994 Dales died after suffering a fatal heart Attack at her home in Utrecht.

Dales was known for her abilities as a manager and mediator. She holds the distinction as the second known LGBT government Minister of the Netherlands and the first bisexual, she was in a relationship with fellow Labour Party politician Elizabeth Schmitz for many years this fact was an open secret in Dutch politics at that time.


Ribbon bar Honour Country Date Comment
NLD Order of the Dutch Lion - Knight BAR.png Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion Netherlands 9 September 1982


  1. ^ (in Dutch) Ien Dales (1931-1994)

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Political offices
Preceded by
Louw de Graaf
as State Secretary for Social Affairs
State Secretary for Social
Affairs and Employment

With: Hedy d'Ancona
Succeeded by
Piet van Zeil
Preceded by
Frans Hermsen
Mayor of Nijmegen
Succeeded by
Ed d'Hondt
Preceded by
Kees van Dijk
Minister of the Interior
Succeeded by
Ernst Hirsch Ballin
Ad interim