Voorhoeve, a Political scientist by occupation, was elected as a Member of the House of Representatives on 16 September 1982 after the general election of 1982. After the general election of 1986 the Leader of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy and Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives Ed Nijpels resigned and Voorhoeve was chosen to succeed him in both positions. He later served as Minister of Defence and Minister for Netherlands Antilles and Aruba Affairs in the First Kok cabinet from 22 August 1994 until 3 August 1998. He received severe criticism for his role in the Srebrenica massacre but did not resign. He served as Member of the Council of State from 1 December 1999 until 1 January 2011.
Joris Voorhoeve served as Co-Chair of the Board of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict, GPPAC, from 2010 till 2017, and as Chair of the Board of the foregoing institution, the European Centre for Conflict Prevention, ECCP, from 2007.
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Rudolf de Korte
| Leader of the People's Party
for Freedom and Democracy
| Parliamentary leader of the |
People's Party for Freedom and Democracy
in the House of Representatives
| Minister for Netherlands
Antilles and Aruba Affairs
Relus ter Beek
| Minister of Defence
Frank de Grave