Klaas Dijkhoff

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Klaas Dijkhoff
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State Secretary for Security and Justice
Assumed office
20 March 2015
Prime Minister Mark Rutte
Preceded by Fred Teeven
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
17 June 2010 – 20 March 2015
Personal details
Born Klaas Henricus Dominicus Maria Dijkhoff
(1981-01-13) 13 January 1981 (age 35)
Soltau, Germany
Political party People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD)
Website klaasdijkhoff.nl (Dutch)

Klaas Henricus Dominicus Maria Dijkhoff (born 13 January 1981) is a Dutch politician and legal scholar. He is the State Secretary for Security and Justice since 20 March 2015. Previously, he was a member of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands (2010–2015) for the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD). His focus was on matters of security, public safety, and police affairs.

Early life and education[edit]

Klaas Henricus Dominicus Maria Dijkhoff was born on 13 January 1981 in the town of Soltau in Germany. He is the son of officer Henricus Marikus Cornelis Dijkhoff and nurse Petronella Dominicus Maria Thijssen.[1]

Dijkhoff went to secondary school in Eindhoven, where he did the gymnasium program. He studied Dutch law at Tilburg University and graduated his research master cum laude. He obtained his Ph.D. with his dissertation titled Law, War and Technology in 2010.[1]

Career[edit]

While writing his thesis he worked as a legal scholar at Tilburg University and Inholland University of Applied Sciences. He also had his own consultancy firm specialized in legal affairs and IT.

Dijkhoff became a member of the VVD in 1998. He held several positions within the party such as member of the election program committee in 2009–2010 and from 11 March 2010 until 7 February 2013 he was a member as well as VVD fraction leader of the municipal council of Breda.

On 17 June 2010, he was elected as a Member of Parliament. In 2013, Dijkhoff got appointed national campaign leader for the municipal council elections of March 2014. He first became the party's spokesperson on development aid. He booked his biggest success in stopping subsidies to development organisations with a chairman earning more than €124,000.00 a year. Later on he became the spokesperson on European affairs. Then he was the VVD spokesperson on matters of homeland security, public safety and police affairs. Dijkhoff successfully managed to pass two motions in the House of Representatives in the battle against Jihad fighters. His motions called upon the cabinet to stop free travel to conflict zones and denationalisation of Jihad fighters.[2][3] In 2013, he successfully passed legislation through parliament making identity fraud a punishable offence.[4]

He resigned on 20 March 2015, when he became State Secretary for Security and Justice in the Second Rutte cabinet.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b (Dutch) Dr. K.H.D.M. (Klaas) Dijkhoff, Parlement & Politiek, 2015. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  2. ^ "Terrorismebestrijding - Tweede Kamer der Staten-Generaal". tweedekamer.nl. 
  3. ^ "Terrorismebestrijding - Tweede Kamer der Staten-Generaal". tweedekamer.nl. 
  4. ^ "Wijziging van het Wetboek van Strafrecht en de Wegenverkeerswet 1994 in verband met de verbetering van de aanpak van fraude met identiteitsbewijzen en wijziging van het Wetboek van Strafvordering, de Beginselenwet justitiële jeugdinrichtingen en de Wet DNA-onderzoek bij veroordeelden in verband met de verbetering van de regeling van de identiteitsvaststelling van verdachten en veroordeelden - Tweede Kamer der Staten-Generaal". tweedekamer.nl. 
  5. ^ (Dutch) Dr. K.H.D.M. (Klaas) Dijkhoff, Parlement & Politiek, 2015. Retrieved on 21 March 2015.

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