Minister of State (Netherlands)

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The Minister of State (Dutch: Minister van Staat) is an honorary title in the Netherlands. The title is formally granted together with the style Excellency, by the Monarch, but on the initiative of the cabinet of the Netherlands. It is given on a personal basis, for life rather than for a specified period. The title is granted for exceptional merits, generally to senior politicians at the end of their party career. Ministers of state are often former cabinet members or party leaders. Ministers of State advise the Sovereign in delicate situations, with moral authority but without formal competence. A Minister of State is not part of a cabinet, but may be asked to represent the government for certain events. The Ministers of State have a diplomatic passport. Before World War II it was common for Ministers of State to still have a public function, some notable as Pieter Cort van der Linden and Hendrikus Colijn, were Minister of State while they served as Prime Minister of the Netherlands. After World War II, Louis Beel was the only person who still sat in the cabinet while he was Minister of State.

Marga Klompé and Els Borst are the only female Ministers of State in Dutch history.

List of current Ministers of State[edit]

Minister of State Former Position(s) Party(s) Since
Ruud Lubbers
Ruud Lubbers
Minister of Economic Affairs
Member of the House of Representatives
Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives
Minister of General Affairs
Prime Minister
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Christian Democratic Appeal
(Catholic People's Party)
31 January 1995
(20 years, 214 days)
Frits Korthals Altes
Frits Korthals Altes
Member of the Senate
Minister of Justice
Minister of the Interior
Member of the House of Representatives
Parliamentary leader in the Senate
President of the Senate
People's Party for Freedom and Democracy
26 October 2001
(13 years, 311 days)
Jos van Kemenade
Jos van Kemenade
Minister of Education, Culture and Science
Member of the House of Representatives
Mayor of Eindhoven
Queen's Commissioner of North Holland
Labour Party
5 April 2002
(13 years, 150 days)
Wim Kok
Wim Kok
Member of the House of Representatives
Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives
Deputy Prime Minister
Minister of Finance
Minister of General Affairs
Prime Minister
Labour Party
11 April 2003
(12 years, 144 days)
Hans van den Broek
Hans van den Broek
Member of the House of Representatives
State Secretary for Foreign Affairs
Minister of Foreign Affairs
European Commissioner for External Relations
and European Neighbourhood Policy
Christian Democratic Appeal
(Catholic People's Party)
25 February 2005
(10 years, 189 days)
Herman Tjeenk Willink
Herman Tjeenk Willink
Member of the Senate
President of the Senate
Vice President of the Council of State
Labour Party
21 December 2012
(2 years, 255 days)

List of deceased Ministers of State[edit]

By date of death (List incomplete)

Minister of State Former Position(s) Party(s) Period Life
Born Died
Willem Lodewijk
de Vos van Steenwijk
Member of the Senate
Parliamentary leader in the Senate
President of the Senate
Christian Historical Union
11 July 1946 - 12 April 1947
(275 days)
(1859-07-10)10 July 1859
12 April 1947(1947-04-12) (aged 87)
Dirk Jan de Geer
Dirk Jan de Geer
Member of the House of Representatives
Mayor of Arnhem
Minister of Finance
Minister of the Interior and Agriculture
Prime Minister
Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives
Christian Historical Union
31 August 1933 - 12 November 1947
(14 years, 73 days)
(1870-12-14)14 December 1870
28 November 1960(1960-11-28) (aged 89)
Piet Aalberse
Member of the House of Representatives
Minister of Labour
Minister of Labour, Commerce and Industry
Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives
President of the House of Representatives
Member of the Council of State
Catholic People's Party
(General League of Roman Catholic Caucuses
Roman-Catholic State Party)
31 December 1934 - 5 July 1948
(13 years, 187 days)
(1871-03-27)27 March 1871
5 July 1948(1948-07-05) (aged 77)
Frans Beelaerts van Blokland
Frans Beelaerts
van Blokland
Ambassador to China
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Vice President of the Council of State
Christian Historical Union
22 December 1936 - 27 March 1956
(19 years, 96 days)
(1872-01-21)21 January 1872
27 March 1956(1956-03-27) (aged 84)
Pieter Sjoerds Gerbrandy
Pieter Sjoerds Gerbrandy
Minister of Justice
Prime Minister
Minister of Colonial Affairs
Minister for General Warfare
Member of the House of Representatives
Anti Revolutionary Party
5 April 1955 - 7 September 1961
(6 years, 155 days)
(1885-04-13)13 April 1885
7 September 1961(1961-09-07) (aged 76)
Josef van Schaik
Josef van Schaik
Member of the House of Representatives
President of the House of Representatives
Minister of Justice
Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives
Minister without portfolio
Deputy Prime Minister
Minister of Transport, Public Works and Water Management
Minister of the Interior
Member of the Council of State
Catholic People's Party
(Roman-Catholic State Party)
15 March 1951 - 23 March 1962
(11 years, 8 days)
(1882-01-31)31 January 1882
23 March 1962(1962-03-23) (aged 80)
Pieter Oud
Pieter Oud
Member of the House of Representatives
Minister of Finance
Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives
Mayor of Rotterdam
People's Party for Freedom and Democracy
(Free-thinking Democratic League, Labour Party)
9 November 1963 - 12 August 1968
(4 years, 277 days)
(1886-12-05)5 December 1886
12 August 1968(1968-08-12) (aged 81)
Jo Cals
Jo Cals
Member of the House of Representatives
State Secretary for Education, Arts and Science
Minister of Education, Arts and Science
Minister of General Affairs
Prime Minister
Catholic People's Party
(Roman-Catholic State Party)
5 December 1966 - 30 December 1971
(5 years, 25 days)
(1914-07-18)18 July 1914
30 December 1971(1971-12-30) (aged 57)
Louis Beel
Louis Beel
Minister of the Interior
Member of the House of Representatives
Prime Minister
Minister of Colonial Affairs
Minister of General Affairs
Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies
Deputy Prime Minister
Minister of Social Work
Minister of Education, Arts and Science
Minister of Justice
Member of the Council of State
Minister of Social Affairs
Minister of Health
Vice President of the Council of State
Catholic People's Party
(Roman-Catholic State Party)
November 21, 1956 - February 11, 1977
(20 years, 82 days)
(1902-04-12)12 April 1902
11 February 1977(1977-02-11) (aged 74)
Alidius Tjarda van Starkenborgh Stachouwer
Alidius Tjarda van
Starkenborgh Stachouwer
Queen's Commissioner of Groningen
Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies
Ambassador to France
Independent
28 June 1956 - 16 August 1978
(22 years, 49 days)
(1888-03-07)7 March 1888
16 August 1978(1978-08-16) (aged 90)
Carl Romme
Carl Romme
Member of the House of Representatives
Member of the Senate
Minister of Social Affairs
Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives
Member of the Council of State
Catholic People's Party
(Roman-Catholic State Party)
16 December 1971 - 16 October 1980
(8 years, 305 days)
(1896-12-21)21 December 1896
16 October 1980(1980-10-16) (aged 83)
Jan Donner
Jan Donner
Minister of Justice
President of the Supreme Court
Anti Revolutionary Party
16 December 1971 - 2 February 1981
(9 years, 48 days)
(1891-02-03)3 February 1891
2 February 1981(1981-02-02) (aged 89)
Eelco van Kleffens
Eelco van Kleffens
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Minister without portfolio
Ambassador to the United States
Ambassador to Portugal
President of the United Nations General Assembly
Independent
4 July 1950 - 17 June 1983
(32 years, 348 days)
(1894-11-17)17 November 1894
17 June 1983(1983-06-17) (aged 88)
Jaap Burger
Jaap Burger
Minister without portfolio
Minister of the Interior
Member of the House of Representatives
Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives
Member of the Senate
Member of the European Parliament
Member of the Council of State
Labour Party
(Social Democratic Workers' Party)
4 January 1975 - 19 August 1986
(11 years, 227 days)
(1904-08-20)20 August 1904
19 August 1986(1986-08-19) (aged 81)
Marga Klompé
Marga Klompé
Member of the House of Representatives
Minister of Social Work
Minister of Education, Arts and Science
Minister of Culture, Recreation and Social Work
Christian Democratic Appeal
(Catholic People's Party)
17 July 1971 - 26 October 1986
(15 years, 101 days)
(1912-08-16)16 August 1912
26 October 1986(1986-10-26) (aged 74)
Willem Drees
Willem Drees
Member of the House of Representatives
Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives
Minister of Social Affairs
Deputy Prime Minister
Minister of Colonial Affairs
Minister of Finance
Minister of General Affairs
Prime Minister
Labour Party
(Social Democratic Workers' Party)
22 December 1958 - 14 May 1988
(29 years, 144 days)
(1886-07-05)5 July 1886
14 May 1988(1988-05-14) (aged 101)
Marinus Ruppert
Marinus Ruppert
Member of the Senate
Member of the Council of State
Vice President of the Council of State
Christian Democratic Appeal
(Anti Revolutionary Party)
29 November 1980 - 27 February 1992
(11 years, 90 days)
(1911-09-01)1 September 1911
27 February 1992(1992-02-27) (aged 80)
Ivo Samkalden
Ivo Samkalden
Minister of Justice
Member of the House of Representatives
Member of the Senate
Minister of the Interior
Mayor of Amsterdam
Labour Party
22 January 1985 - 11 May 1995
(10 years, 109 days)
(1912-08-10)10 August 1912
11 May 1995(1995-05-11) (aged 82)
Emiel van Lennep
Emiel van Lennep
Secretary-General of the Organisation
for Economic Co-operation and Development
Christian Democratic Appeal
(Christian Historical Union)
29 April 1986 - 2 October 1996
(10 years, 156 days)
(1915-01-20)20 January 1915
2 October 1996(1996-10-02) (aged 81)
Jelle Zijlstra
Jelle Zijlstra
Minister of Economic Affairs
Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives
Member of the House of Representatives
Minister of Finance
Member of the Senate
Minister of General Affairs
Prime Minister
President of the Central Bank
Christian Democratic Appeal
(Anti Revolutionary Party)
30 April 1983 - 23 December 2001
(18 years, 237 days)
(1918-08-27)27 August 1918
23 December 2001(2001-12-23) (aged 83)
Willem Scholten
Willem Scholten
Member of the House of Representatives
State Secretary for Finance
Member of the European Parliament
Member of the Council of State
Minister of Defence
Vice President of the Council of State
Christian Democratic Appeal
(Christian Historical Union)
1 July 1997 - 1 January 2005
(7 years, 184 days)
(1927-06-01)1 June 1927
1 January 2005(2005-01-01) (aged 77)
Edzo Toxopeus
Edzo Toxopeus
Member of the House of Representatives
Minister of the Interior
Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives
Queen's Commissioner of Groningen
Member of the Council of State
People's Party for Freedom and Democracy
22 January 1985 - 23 August 2009
(24 years, 213 days)
(1918-02-19)19 February 1918
28 August 2009(2009-08-28) (aged 91)
Hans van Mierlo
Hans van Mierlo
Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives
Member of the House of Representatives
Minister of Defence
Member of the Senate
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Deputy Prime Minister
Democrats 66
24 October 1998 - 11 March 2010
(11 years, 138 days)
(1931-08-18)18 August 1931
11 March 2010(2010-03-11) (aged 78)
Max van der Stoel
Max van der Stoel
Member of the Senate
Member of the House of Representatives
State Secretary for Foreign Affairs
Member of the European Parliament
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Ambassador to the United Nations
Member of the Council of State
High Commissioner on National Minorities
Labour Party
17 May 1991 - 23 April 2011
(19 years, 341 days)
(1924-08-03)3 August 1924
23 April 2011(2011-04-23) (aged 86)
Pieter Kooijmans
Pieter Kooijmans
State Secretary for Foreign Affairs
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Judge of the International Court of Justice
Christian Democratic Appeal
(Anti Revolutionary Party)
13 July 2007 - 13 February 2013
(5 years, 215 days)
(1933-07-06)6 July 1933
13 February 2013(2013-02-13) (aged 79)
Els Borst
Els Borst
Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport
Member of the House of Representatives
Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives
Deputy Prime Minister
Democrats 66
21 December 2012 - 8 February 2014
(1 year, 49 days)
(1932-03-22)22 March 1932
8 February 2014(2014-02-08) (aged 81)

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