Jan de Koning (politician)

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Jan de Koning
Jan de Koning 1978 (1).jpg
Jan de Koning in 1978
Extraordinary Member
of the Council of State
In office
1 January 1990 – 8 October 1994
Vice PresidentWillem Scholten
Minister of the Interior
In office
3 February 1987 – 6 May 1987
Ad interim
Prime MinisterRuud Lubbers
Preceded byFrits Korthals Altes (Ad interim)
Succeeded byKees van Dijk
Minister of Social Affairs
and Employment
In office
6 May 1987 – 7 November 1989
Prime MinisterRuud Lubbers
Preceded byLouw de Graaf (Ad interim)
Succeeded byBert de Vries
In office
4 November 1982 – 3 February 1987
Prime MinisterRuud Lubbers
Preceded byLouw de Graaf
Succeeded byLouw de Graaf (Ad interim)
Minister for Netherlands
Antilles and Aruba Affairs
In office
4 November 1982 – 7 November 1989
Prime MinisterRuud Lubbers
Preceded byHimself
as Minister for Netherlands
Antilles Affairs
Succeeded byRuud Lubbers (Ad interim)
Minister for Netherlands
Antilles Affairs
In office
29 May 1982 – 4 November 1982
Prime MinisterDries van Agt
Preceded byJoop den Uyl
Succeeded byHimself
as Minister for Netherlands
Antilles and Aruba Affairs
Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries
In office
11 September 1981 – 4 November 1982
Prime MinisterDries van Agt
Preceded byGerrit Braks
Succeeded byGerrit Braks
Minister of Defence
In office
4 March 1978 – 8 March 1978
Ad interim
Prime MinisterDries van Agt
Preceded byRoelof Kruisinga
Succeeded byWillem Scholten
Minister for Development Cooperation
In office
19 December 1977 – 11 September 1981
Prime MinisterDries van Agt
Preceded byJan Pronk
Succeeded byKees van Dijk
Chairman of the
Anti-Revolutionary Party
In office
11 May 1973 – 13 December 1975
LeaderBarend Biesheuvel (1973)
Willem Aantjes (1973–1975)
Preceded byAntoon Veerman
Succeeded byHans de Boer
Member of the European Parliament
In office
22 September 1971 – 19 December 1977
Parliamentary groupChristian Democratic Group
ConstituencyNetherlands
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
3 June 1986 – 14 July 1986
In office
16 September 1982 – 4 November 1982
In office
10 June 1981 – 9 September 1981
In office
10 May 1971 – 19 December 1977
Parliamentary groupChristian Democratic Appeal
(1981–1986)
Anti-Revolutionary Party
(1971–1977)
Member of the Senate
In office
16 September 1969 – 10 May 1971
Parliamentary groupAnti-Revolutionary Party
Personal details
Born
Jan de Koning

(1926-08-31)31 August 1926
Zwartsluis, Netherlands
Died8 October 1994(1994-10-08) (aged 68)
Leiden, Netherlands
Cause of deathCancer
NationalityDutch
Political partyChristian Democratic Appeal
(from 1980)
Other political
affiliations
Anti-Revolutionary Party
(until 1980)
Spouse(s)
Molly Rellum
(m. 1956; his death 1994)
ChildrenKees Jan de Koning
(born 1961)
Dirk Jan de Koning
(born 1963)
Alma materUtrecht University
(Bachelor of Social Science, Master of Social Science)
OccupationPolitician · Civil servant · Social geographer · Researcher · Corporate director · Nonprofit director · Trade association executive · Professor · Soldier
Military service
Allegiance Netherlands
Branch/serviceRoyal Netherlands
East Indies Army
Years of service1945–1948 (Active duty)
1948–1956 (Reserve)
RankNl-landmacht-korporaal.svg Corporal
Battles/warsCold War

Jan de Koning (31 August 1926 – 8 October 1994) was a Dutch politician of the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA) party and social geographer.[1]

De Koning joined the Dutch resistance against the German occupiers in 1943 and following the end of World War II in 1945 volunteered and enlisted in the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army serving until 1948. De Koning worked as a junior Trade association executive for the Christian Farmers and Gardeners association (CBTB) from 1955 until 1961 and worked as a researcher at the Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences from 1961 until 1964. De Koning worked again as a trade association executive for the Christian Farmers and Gardeners association and served as General-Secretary from 1964 until 1971. De Koning was elected as a Member of the Senate after the Senate election of 1969, serving from 16 September 1969 until 10 May 1971. De Koning was elected as a Member of the House of Representatives after the election of 1971, taking office on 10 May 1971. De Koning was selected as a Member of the European Parliament and dual served in those positions from 22 September 1971 until 19 December 1977. De Koning also served as Chairman of the Anti-Revolutionary Party from 11 May 1973 until 13 December 1975.

After the election of 1977 De Koning was appointed as Minister for Development Cooperation in the Cabinet Van Agt–Wiegel, taking office on 19 December 1977. De Koning served as acting Minister of Defence from 4 March 1978 until 8 March 1978 following the resignation Roelof Kruisinga. After the election of 1981 De Koning returned as a Member of the House of Representatives on 10 June 1981. De Koning was appointed as Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries 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 was replaced by the caretaker Cabinet Van Agt III with De Koning continuing as Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries and also took over as Minister for Netherlands Antilles Affairs, taking office on 29 May 1982. After the election of 1982 De Koning again returned as a Member of the House of Representatives on 16 September 1982. De Koning was appointed as Minister of Social Affairs and Employment and continued as Minister for Netherlands Antilles and Aruba Affairs in the Cabinet Lubbers I, taking office on 4 November 1982. After the election of 1986 De Koning once again returned as a Member of the House of Representatives on 3 June 1986. De Koning continued as Minister of Social Affairs and Employment and Minister for Netherlands Antilles and Aruba Affairs in the Cabinet Lubbers II, taking office on 14 July 1986. De Koning served as acting Minister of the Interior from 3 February 1987 until 6 May 1987 during a medical leave of absence of Kees van Dijk, with State Secretary for Social Affairs and Employment Louw de Graaf serving as acting Minister of Social Affairs and Employment during that time. In July 1989 De Koning announced that he would not stand for the election of 1989.

De Koning semi-retired from active politics, he was nominated as a Extraordinary Member of the Council of State, serving from 1 January 1990 until his death from cancer on 8 October 1994 and also served as a distinguished professor of Social geography at the University of Groningen, from 1 January 1991 until his death. De Koning also occupied numerous seats as a corporate director and nonprofit director for supervisory boards in the business and industry world and several international non-governmental organizations and research institutes (Achmea, Van Lanschot, Energy Research Centre, Royal Dutch Geographical Society, International Institute of Social History, Society for Statistics and Operations Research and the Anne Frank Foundation) and leading several state commission on behalf of the government.

De Koning was known for his abilities as a manager and consensus builder.

Decorations[edit]

Military decorations
Ribbon bar Decoration Country Date Comment
Ribbon of the Ereteken voor Orde en Vrede.gif Medal for Order and Peace Netherlands 10 December 1948
Verzetsherdenkingskruis 1940-1945.gif Resistance Memorial Cross Netherlands 30 April 1982
Honours
Ribbon bar Honour Country Date Comment
Legion Honneur Commandeur ribbon.svg Commander of the Legion of Honour France 12 November 1979
NLD Order of the Dutch Lion - Knight BAR.png Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion Netherlands 26 October 1981
BEL Kroonorde Grootkruis BAR.svg Grand Cross of the Order of the Crown Belgium 6 July 1986
NLD Order of Orange-Nassau - Knight Grand Cross BAR.png Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Orange-Nassau Netherlands 20 November 1989

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Koning, Jan de (1926-1994)" (in Dutch). Huygens ING. 12 November 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2019.

External links[edit]

Official
Party political offices
Preceded by
Antoon Veerman
Chairman of the
Anti-Revolutionary Party

1973–1975
Succeeded by
Hans de Boer
Political offices
Preceded by
Jan Pronk
Minister for Development Cooperation
1977–1981
Succeeded by
Kees van Dijk
Preceded by
Roelof Kruisinga
Minister of Defence
Ad interim

1978
Succeeded by
Willem Scholten
Preceded by
Gerrit Braks
Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries
1981–1982
Succeeded by
Gerrit Braks
Preceded by
Joop den Uyl
Minister for Suriname and
Netherlands Antilles Affairs

1982–1989
Succeeded by
Ruud Lubbers
Ad interim
Preceded by
Louw de Graaf
Minister of Social Affairs
and Employment

1982–1987
1987–1989
Succeeded by
Louw de Graaf
Ad interim
Preceded by
Louw de Graaf
Ad interim
Succeeded by
Bert de Vries
Preceded by
Frits Korthals Altes
Ad interim
Minister of the Interior
Ad interim

1987
Succeeded by
Kees van Dijk