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.

List of current Ministers of State[edit]

Minister of State Appointed Appointer Former Position(s) Party
Frits Korthals Altes Frits Korthals Altes
(born 1931)
26 October 2001
(17 years, 200 days)
Queen Beatrix Chairman of the People's Party
for Freedom and Democracy

(1975–1981)
Member of the Senate
(1981–1982) (1991–2001)
Minister of Justice
(1982–1989)
Minister of the Interior
(1986) (1987)
Member of the House
of Representatives

(1989–1991)
Parliamentary leader
in the Senate
(1995–1997)
President of the Senate
(1997–2001)
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Jos van Kemenade Dr.
Jos van Kemenade
(born 1937)
5 April 2002
(17 years, 39 days)
Queen Beatrix Minister of Education
and Sciences

(1973–1977) (1981–1982)
Member of the House
of Representatives

(1977) (1978–1981)
(1982–1984)

Mayor of Eindhoven
(1988–1992)
Queen's Commissioner
of North Holland

(1992–2002)
Labour Party
Netherlands politic personality icon.svg Jaime Saleh
(born 1941)
10 October 2004
(14 years, 216 days)
Queen Beatrix Judge of the Joint Court
of Justice of the
Netherlands Antilles

(1974–1979)
President of the Joint
Court of Justice of the
Netherlands Antilles

(1979–1990)
Governor of the
Netherlands Antilles

(1990–2002)
Independent
Hans van den Broek Hans van den Broek
(born 1936)
25 February 2005
(14 years, 78 days)
Queen Beatrix Member of the House
of Representatives

(1976–1981) (1982)
(1986) (1989)

State Secretary for
Foreign Affairs

(1981–1982)
Minister of Foreign Affairs
(1982–1993)
European Commissioner
for External Relations

and Enlargement
(1993–1995)
European Commissioner
for External Relations
,
Enlargement and European
Neighbourhood Policy

(1995–1999)
Christian Democratic Appeal
(Catholic People's Party)
Herman Tjeenk Willink Herman Tjeenk Willink
(born 1942)
21 December 2012
(6 years, 144 days)
Queen Beatrix Member of the Senate
(1987–1997)
President of the Senate
(1991–1997)
Vice-President of
the Council of State

(1997–2012)
Labour Party
Winnie Sorgdrager Winnie Sorgdrager
(born 1948)
22 June 2018
(326 days)
King Willem-Alexander Minister of Justice
(1994–1998)
Member of the Senate
(1999)
Member of the
Council of State

(2006–2018)
Democrats 66
Jaap de Hoop Scheffer Jaap de Hoop Scheffer
(born 1948)
22 June 2018
(326 days)
King Willem-Alexander Member of the House
of Representatives

(1986–2002)
Parliamentary leader in the
House of Representatives
(1997–2001)
Leader of the Christian
Democratic Appeal

(1997–2001)
Minister of Foreign Affairs
(2002–2003)
Secretary General of NATO
(2003–2009)
Christian Democratic Appeal
Sybilla Dekker Sybilla Dekker
(born 1942)
22 June 2018
(326 days)
King Willem-Alexander Minister of Housing,
Spatial Planning and
the Environment

(2003–2006)
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Piet Hein Donner Piet Hein Donner
(born 1948)
21 December 2018
(144 days)
King Willem-Alexander Director of the Scientific Council
for Government Policy

(1993–1997)
Member of the Council of State
(1997–1992)
Minister of Justice
(2002–2006)
Member of the House
of Representatives

(2006–2007)
Minister of Social Affairs
and Employment

(2007–2010)
Minister of the Interior
and Kingdom Relations

(2010–2012)
Vice-President of
the Council of State

(2012–2018)
Christian Democratic Appeal

List of deceased Ministers of State[edit]

By date of death (List incomplete)

Minister of State Appointed End Time Appointer Former Position(s) Party
Pieter Cort van der Linden Dr.
Pieter Cort van
der Linden

(1846–1935)
(aged 89)
28 January 1915 15 July 1935 20 years, 168 days Queen Wilhelmina Minister of Justice
(1897–1901)
Member of the Council of State
(1902–1913) (1918–1935)
Minister of the Interior
(1913–1918)
Prime Minister of the Netherlands
(1913–1918)
Minister of Foreign Affairs
(1913)
Independent
Liberal

(Classical Liberal)
Dirk Fock Dr.
Dirk Fock
(1858–1941)
(aged 83)
24 August 1928 17 October 1941 13 years, 54 days Queen Wilhelmina Member of the House
of Representatives

(1901–1905) (1913–1920)
Minister of Colonial Affairs
(1905–1908)
Speaker of the House
of Representatives

(1917–1920)
Governor-General of
the Dutch East Indies

(1921–1926)
Member of the Senate
(1929–1935)
Parliamentary leader
in the Senate
(1932–1935)
Liberal Union
Herman van Karnebeek Dr.
Jonkheer
Herman van Karnebeek
(1874–1942)
(aged 67)
25 July 1927 29 March 1942 14 years, 247 days Queen Wilhelmina Mayor of The Hague
(1911–1918)
Minister of Foreign Affairs
(1918–1927)
Queen's Commissioner
of South Holland
(1928–1942)
Independent
Liberal

(Classical Liberal)
Hendrikus Colijn Hendrikus Colijn
(1869–1944)
(aged 75)
31 August 1929 18 September 1944 15 years, 48 days Queen Wilhelmina Member of the House
of Representatives

Minister of War
Minister of the Navy
Member of the Senate
Parliamentary leader in the
House of Representatives
Minister of Finance
Minister of Colonial Affairs
Prime Minister
Parliamentary leader in the Senate
Minister of Economic Affairs
Minister of Water Management
Minister of Defence
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Minister of General Affairs
Anti-Revolutionary Party
Willem Lodewijk de Vos van Steenwijk Baron
Willem Lodewijk de
Vos van Steenwijk

(1859–1947)
(aged 87)
11 July 1946 12 April 1947 275 days Queen Wilhelmina Member of the Senate
Parliamentary leader in the Senate
President of the Senate
Christian Historical Union
Dirk Jan de Geer Jonkheer
Dirk Jan de Geer
(1870–1960)
(aged 89)
31 August 1933 12 November 1947
[Note]
14 years, 73 days Queen Wilhelmina Member of the House
of Representatives

Mayor of Arnhem
Minister of Finance
Minister of the Interior and Agriculture
Prime Minister
Leader of the Christian Historical Union
Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives
Chairman of the Christian Historical Union
Minister of General Affairs
Christian Historical Union
(Christian Historical Voters' League,
Christian Historical Party)
Piet Aalberse Piet Aalberse
(1871–1948)
(aged 77)
31 December 1934 5 July 1948 13 years, 187 days Queen Wilhelmina Member of the House
of Representatives

Minister of Labour
Minister of Labour, Commerce and Industry
Leader of the Roman Catholic State Party
Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives
Speaker 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)
Frans Beelaerts van Blokland Jonkheer
Frans Beelaerts
van Blokland

(1872–1956)
(aged 84)
22 December 1936 27 March 1956 19 years, 96 days Queen Wilhelmina Ambassador to China
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Vice-President of the Council of State
Christian Historical Union
Pieter Sjoerds Gerbrandy Dr.
Pieter Sjoerds Gerbrandy
(1885–1961)
(aged 76)
5 April 1955 7 September 1961 6 years, 155 days Queen Juliana Minister of Justice
Prime Minister
Minister of Colonial Affairs
Minister of General Affairs
Member of the House
of Representatives
Anti-Revolutionary Party
Josef van Schaik Josef van Schaik
(1882–1962)
(aged 80)
15 March 1951 23 March 1962 11 years, 8 days Queen Juliana Member of the House
of Representatives

Speaker of the House of Representatives
Minister of Justice
Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives
Minister for Reconstruction of the Kingdom
Deputy Prime Minister
Minister of Transport and Water Management
Minister of the Interior
Member of the Council of State
Catholic People's Party
(General League of Roman
Catholic Caucuses
,
Roman Catholic State Party)
Pieter Oud Pieter Oud
(1886–1968)
(aged 81)
9 November 1963 12 August 1968 4 years, 277 days Queen Juliana Member of the House
of Representatives

Minister of Finance
Leader of the Free-thinking Democratic League
Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives
Mayor of Rotterdam
Leader of the People's Party
for Freedom and Democracy

Chairman of the People's Party
for Freedom and Democracy
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy

(Free-thinking Democratic League,
Labour Party)
Jo Cals Jo Cals
(1914–1971)
(aged 57)
5 December 1966 30 December 1971 5 years, 25 days Queen Juliana Member of the House
of Representatives

State Secretary for Education, Arts and Sciences
Minister of Education, Arts and Sciences
Minister of General Affairs
Prime Minister
Catholic People's Party
(Roman Catholic State Party)
Louis Beel Dr.
Louis Beel
(1902–1977)
(aged 74)
21 November 1956 11 February 1977 20 years, 82 days Queen Juliana Minister of the Interior
Member of the House
of Representatives

Prime Minister
Minister of General Affairs
Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies
Deputy Prime Minister
Minister of Justice
Member of the Council of State
Minister of Social Affairs and Health
Vice-President of the Council of State
Catholic People's Party
(Roman Catholic State Party)
Alidius Tjarda van Starkenborgh Stachouwer Dr.
Jonkheer
Alidius Tjarda
van Starkenborgh
Stachouwer

(1888–1978)
(aged 90)
28 June 1956 16 August 1978 22 years, 49 days Queen Juliana Queen's Commissioner of Groningen
Ambassador to Belgium
Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies
Ambassador to France
Permanent Representative to the OECD
Independent
Liberal

(Classical Liberal)
Carl Romme Carl Romme
(1896–1980)
(aged 83)
16 December 1971 16 October 1980 8 years, 305 days Queen Juliana Member of the House
of Representatives

Member of the Senate
Minister of Social Affairs
Leader of the Catholic People's Party
Parliamentary leader in the
House of Representatives
Member of the Council of State
Catholic People's Party
(Roman Catholic
State Party
)

(1971–1980)
Christian Democratic Appeal
(1980)
Jan Donner Dr.
Jan Donner
(1891–1981)
(aged 89)
16 December 1971 2 February 1981 9 years, 48 days Queen Juliana Minister of Justice
(1926–1933)
Judge of the Supreme Court
(1933–1944) (1945–1947)
President of the Supreme Court
(1947–1961)
Anti-Revolutionary Party
(1971–1980)
Christian Democratic Appeal
(1980–1981)
Eelco van Kleffens Eelco van Kleffens
(1894–1983)
(aged 88)
4 July 1950 17 June 1983 32 years, 348 days Queen Juliana Minister of Foreign Affairs
(1939–1946)
Minister for United Nations Affairs
(1946–1947)
Ambassador to the United States
(1947–1949)
Ambassador to the United Nations
(1947–1949) (1954–1955)
Ambassador to Portugal
(1950–1956)
President of the United Nations
General Assembly

(1954–1955)
Permanent Representatives to NATO
(1956–1958)
Permanent Representatives to the
Organisation for Economic
Co-operation and Development

(1956–1958)
Permanent Representatives to the
European Coal and Steel Community

(1958–1967)
Independent
Liberal

(Classical Liberal)
Jaap Burger Jaap Burger
(1904–1986)
(aged 81)
4 January 1975 19 August 1986 11 years, 227 days Queen Juliana Minister for Provisional
Government Reconstruction

(1943–1944)
Minister of the Interior
(1944–1945)
Member of the House
of Representatives

(1945–1962)
Parliamentary leader in the
House of Representatives
(1951) (1952–1962)
Leader of the Labour Party
(1958–1962)
Member of the Senate
(1963–1970)
Member of the
European Parliament

(1966–1970)
Member of the
Council of State

(1970–1979)
Labour Party
(Social Democratic
Workers' Party
)
Marga Klompé Dr.
Marga Klompé
(1912–1986)
(aged 74)
17 July 1971 28 October 1986 15 years, 103 days Queen Juliana Member of the House
of Representatives

(1948–1956) (1959)
(1963–1966) (1967)

Minister of Social Work
(1956–1963)
Minister of Culture, Recreation
and Social Work

(1966–1971)
Catholic People's Party
(1971–1980)
Christian Democratic Appeal
(1980–1986)
Willem Drees Willem Drees
(1886–1988)
(aged 101)
22 December 1958 14 May 1988 29 years, 144 days Queen Juliana Member of the House
of Representatives

(1933–1945) (1946)
(1948) (1952)
(1956)

Parliamentary leader in the
House of Representatives
(SDAP)
(1939–1945)
Leader of the Social
Democratic Workers' Party

(1940–1946)
Chairman of the Social
Democratic Workers' Party

(1943–1945)
Minister of Social Affairs
(1945–1948)
Deputy Prime Minister
(1945–1948)
Leader of the Labour Party
(1946–1958)
Minister of General Affairs
(1948–1958)
Prime Minister
(1948–1958)
Minister of Colonial Affairs
(1951)
Minister of Finance
(1952)
Labour Party
(Social Democratic
Workers' Party
)
Marinus Ruppert Marinus Ruppert
(1911–1992)
(aged 80)
29 November 1980 27 February 1992 11 years, 90 days Queen Beatrix Member of the Senate
(1956–1959)
Member of the
Council of State

(1959–1973)
Vice-President of
the Council of State

(1973–1980)
Christian Democratic Appeal
(Anti-Revolutionary Party)
Ivo Samkalden Dr.
Ivo Samkalden
(1912–1995)
(aged 82)
22 January 1985 11 May 1995 10 years, 109 days Queen Beatrix Minister of Justice
(1956–1958) (1965–1966)
Member of the House
of Representatives

(1959–1960)
Member of the Senate
(1960–1965)
Minister of the Interior
(1966)
Mayor of Amsterdam
(1967–1977)
Labour Party
Emiel van Lennep Jonkheer
Emiel van Lennep
(1915–1996)
(aged 81)
29 April 1986 2 October 1996 10 years, 156 days) Queen Beatrix Treasurer–General
(1951–1969)
Secretary-General of the
Organisation for Economic
Co-operation and Development

(1969–1984)
Christian Democratic Appeal
(Christian Historical Union)
Jelle Zijlstra Dr.
Jelle Zijlstra
(1918–2001)
(aged 83)
30 April 1983 23 December 2001 18 years, 237 days Queen Beatrix Minister of Economic Affairs
(1952–1959)
Leader of the Anti-
Revolutionary Party

(1956) (1958–1959)
Member of the House
of Representatives

(1956) (1959)
Parliamentary leader in the
House of Representatives
(1956)
Minister of Finance
(1958–1963) (1966–1967)
Member of the Senate
(1963–1966)
Minister of General Affairs
(1966–1967)
Prime Minister
(1966–1967)
President of the Central Bank
(1967–1982)
Christian Democratic Appeal
(Anti-Revolutionary Party)
Willem Scholten Willem Scholten
(1927–2005)
(aged 77)
1 July 1997 1 January 2005 7 years, 184 days Queen Beatrix Member of the House
of Representatives

(1963–1971) (1972–1976)
State Secretary for
Finance

(1971–1973)
Member of the
European Parliament

(1973–1976)
Member of the
Council of State

(1976–1978)
Minister of Defence
(1978–1980)
Vice-President of
the Council of State

(1980–1997)
Christian Democratic Appeal
(Christian Historical Union)
Edzo Toxopeus Edzo Toxopeus
(1918–2009)
(aged 91)
22 January 1985 3 August 2009 24 years, 213 days Queen Beatrix Member of the House
of Representatives

(1956–1959) (1963)
(1965–1969)

Minister of the Interior
(1959–1965)
Leader of the People's Party
for Freedom and Democracy

(1963–1969)
Parliamentary leader in the
House of Representatives
(1963) (1966–1969)
President of the
Liberal International

(1966–1970)
Queen's Commissioner
of Groningen
(1970–1980)
Member of the
Council of State

(1980–1988)
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Hans van Mierlo Hans van Mierlo
(1931–2010)
(aged 78)
24 October 1998 11 March 2010 11 years, 138 days Queen Beatrix Leader of the Democrats 66
(1966–1973) (1986–1998)
Chairman of the Democrats 66
(1966–1967)
Member of the House
of Representatives

(1967–1977) (1986–1994)
(1998)

Parliamentary leader in the
House of Representatives
(1967–1973) (1986–1994)
Minister of Defence
(1981–1982)
Member of the Senate
(1983–1986)
Minister of Foreign Affairs
(1994–1998)
Deputy Prime Minister
(1994–1998)
Democrats 66
Max van der Stoel Max van der Stoel
(1924–2011)
(aged 86)
17 May 1991 23 April 2011 19 years, 341 days Queen Beatrix Member of the Senate
(1960–1963)
Member of the House
of Representatives

(1963–1965) (1967–1973)
(1977) (1978–1981)

State Secretary for
Foreign Affairs

(1965–1966)
Member of the
European Parliament

(1971–1973)
Minister of Foreign Affairs
(1973–1977) (1981–1982)
Ambassador to the United Nations
(1983–1983)
Member of the
Council of State

(1986–1993)
High Commissioner on
National Minorities

(1993–2001)
Labour Party
Pieter Kooijmans Dr.
Pieter Kooijmans
(1933–2013)
(aged 79)
13 July 2007 13 February 2013 5 years, 215 days Queen Beatrix State Secretary for
Foreign Affairs

(1973–1977)
Minister of Foreign Affairs
(1993–1994)
Judge of the International
Court of Justice

(1997–2006)
Christian Democratic Appeal
(Anti-Revolutionary Party)
Els Borst Dr.
Els Borst
(1932–2014)
(aged 81)
21 December 2012 8 February 2014 1 year, 49 days Queen Beatrix Minister of Health,
Welfare and Sport

(1994–2002)
Leader of the Democrats 66
(1998)
Member of the House
of Representatives

(1998)
Parliamentary leader in the
House of Representatives
(1998)
Deputy Prime Minister
(1998–2002)
Democrats 66
Ruud Lubbers Ruud Lubbers
(1939–2018)
(aged 78)
31 January 1995 14 February 2018 23 years, 14 days Queen Beatrix Minister of Economic Affairs
(1973–1977)
Member of the House
of Representatives

(1977) (1977–1982)
(1986) (1989)

Parliamentary leader in the
House of Representatives
(1978–1981) (1981–1982)
(1986) (1989)

Leader of the Christian
Democratic Appeal

(1982–1994)
Minister of General Affairs
(1982–1994)
Prime Minister
(1982–1994)
Minister for Netherlands
Antilles and Aruba Affairs

(1989) (1994)
United Nations High
Commissioner for Refugees

(2001–2005)
Christian Democratic Appeal
(Catholic People's Party)
Wim Kok Wim Kok
(1938–2018)
(aged 80)
11 April 2003 20 October 2018 15 years, 192 days Queen Beatrix Member of the House
of Representatives

(1986–1989) (1994)
(1998)

Parliamentary leader in the
House of Representatives
(1986–1989) (1994)
(1998)

Leader of the Labour Party
(1986–2001)
Minister of Finance
(1989–1994)
Deputy Prime Minister
(1989–1994)
Minister of General Affairs
(1994–2002)
Prime Minister
(1994–2002)
President of the
European Council

(1997)
Labour Party
Note Dirk Jan de Geer was stripped of his title on 12 November 1947 after he was tried and found guilty of treason and betrayal for his actions during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II.

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