Independent Senate Group

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This article is about the Dutch group. For the Canadian group, see Independent Senators Group.
Independent Senate Group
Onafhankelijke Senaatsfractie
Leader Henk ten Hoeve
Chairman Emma Kraak
Leader in the Senate Henk ten Hoeve
Founded 1995 (1995)
Thinktank Stichting Ir. Marten Bierman
Ideology Regionalism
Political position Centre
Colours White and Red
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The Independent Senate Group (Dutch: Onafhankelijke Senaatsfractie, OSF) is a parliamentary party in the Dutch Senate with one senator, representing several provincial parties. The Dutch Senate is elected by the legislatures of the provinces. In 1995, several provincial parties and The Greens proposed their own list. Marten Bierman nominated by The Greens and second on the list was elected senator by a preference vote. In 1999, Bierman was re-elected. In 2003, Henk ten Hoeve became senator for the OSF. He had been member of the Friesland provincial legislature for the Frisian National Party. He remained senator and leader of the party until 2011, when his role was taken over by Kees de Lange. In 2015, Henk ten Hoeve became again senator. The main parties involved are the Frisian National Party, the Party for the North, the Party New Limburg and the Brabant Party. The Greens lost their provincial seats in 2003.


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