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 Appointed/Appointer Former Position(s) Party
Ruud Lubbers Ruud Lubbers
(born 1939)
(age 77)
31 January 1995
(22 years, 85 days)
Queen Beatrix Minister of Economic Affairs
Member of the House of Representatives
Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives
Leader of the Christian Democratic Appeal
Minister of General Affairs
Prime Minister
Minister for Netherlands Antilles and Aruba Affairs
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Christian Democratic Appeal
(Catholic People's Party)
Frits Korthals Altes Frits Korthals Altes
(born 1931)
(age 85)
26 October 2001
(15 years, 182 days)
Queen Beatrix Chairman of the People's Party
for Freedom and Democracy

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
Jos van Kemenade Jos van Kemenade
(born 1937)
(age 80)
5 April 2002
(15 years, 21 days)
Queen Beatrix Minister of Education and Science
Member of the House of Representatives
Mayor of Eindhoven
Queen's Commissioner of North Holland
Labour Party
Wim Kok Wim Kok
(born 1938)
(age 78)
11 April 2003
(14 years, 15 days)
Queen Beatrix Member of the House of Representatives
Leader of the Labour Party
Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives
Minister of Finance
Deputy Prime Minister
Minister of General Affairs
Prime Minister
Labour Party
Hans van den Broek Hans van den Broek
(born 1936)
(age 80)
25 February 2005
(12 years, 60 days)
Queen Beatrix Member of the House of Representatives
Undersecretary for Foreign Affairs
Minister of Foreign Affairs
European Commissioner for External Relations
and European Neighbourhood Policy
Christian Democratic Appeal
(Catholic People's Party)
Herman Tjeenk Willink Herman Tjeenk Willink
(born 1942)
(age 75)
21 December 2012
(4 years, 126 days)
Queen Beatrix Member of the Senate
President of the Senate
Vice President of the Council of State
Labour Party

List of deceased Ministers of State[edit]

By date of death (List incomplete)

Minister of State Period/Appointer Former Position(s) Party
Willem Lodewijk de Vos van Steenwijk 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 Dirk Jan de Geer
(1870–1960)
(aged 89)
31 August 1933 –
12 November 1947
(14 years, 73 days)
[Note]
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 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 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 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
(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
Undersecretary 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)
Louis Beel 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 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 and Health
Vice President of the Council of State
Catholic People's Party
(Roman-Catholic State Party)
Alidius Tjarda van Starkenborgh Stachouwer 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
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)
Jan Donner Jan Donner
(1891–1981)
(aged 89)
16 December 1971 –
2 February 1981
(9 years, 48 days)
Queen Juliana Minister of Justice
Judge of the Supreme Court
President of the Supreme Court
Christian Democratic Appeal
(Anti-Revolutionary Party)
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
Minister without portfolio
Ambassador to the United States
Ambassador to Portugal
Permanent Representative to the United Nations
President of the United Nations General Assembly
Permanent Representatives to NATO
Permanent Representatives to the
European Coal and Steel Community
Independent
Jaap Burger Jaap Burger
(1904–1986)
(aged 81)
4 January 1975 –
19 August 1986
(11 years, 227 days)
Queen Juliana Minister without portfolio
Minister of the Interior
Member of the House of Representatives
Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives
Leader of the Labour Party
Member of the Senate
Member of the European Parliament
Member of the Council of State
Labour Party
(Social Democratic Workers' Party)
Marga Klompé Marga Klompé
(1912–1986)
(aged 74)
17 July 1971 –
28 October 1986
(15 years, 103 days)
Queen Juliana 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)
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
Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives
Leader of the Social Democratic Workers' Party
Minister of Social Affairs
Deputy Prime Minister
Leader of the Labour Party
Minister of General Affairs
Prime Minister
Minister of Colonial Affairs
Minister of Finance
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
Member of the Council of State
Vice President of the Council of State
Christian Democratic Appeal
(Anti-Revolutionary Party)
Ivo Samkalden Ivo Samkalden
(1912–1995)
(aged 82)
22 January 1985 –
11 May 1995
(10 years, 109 days)
Queen Beatrix Minister of Justice
Member of the House of Representatives
Member of the Senate
Minister of the Interior
Mayor of Amsterdam
Labour Party
Emiel van Lennep Emiel van Lennep
(1915–1996)
(aged 81)
29 April 1986 –
2 October 1996
(10 years, 156 days)
Queen Beatrix Secretary-General of the Organisation
for Economic Co-operation and Development
Christian Democratic Appeal
(Christian Historical Union)
Jelle Zijlstra Jelle Zijlstra
(1918–2001)
(aged 83)
30 April 1983 –
23 December 2001
(18 years, 237 days)
Queen Beatrix Minister of Economic Affairs
Leader of the Anti-Revolutionary Party
Member of the House of Representatives
Parliamentary leader in 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)
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
Undersecretary 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)
Edzo Toxopeus Edzo Toxopeus
(1918–2009)
(aged 91)
22 January 1985 –
23 August 2009
(24 years, 213 days)
Queen Beatrix Member of the House of Representatives
Minister of the Interior
Leader of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy
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
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
Chairman of the Democrats 66
Member of the House of Representatives
Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives
Minister of Defence
Member of the Senate
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Deputy Prime Minister
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
Member of the House of Representatives
Undersecretary for Foreign Affairs
Member of the European Parliament
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Permanent Representative to the United Nations
Member of the Council of State
High Commissioner on National Minorities
Labour Party
Pieter Kooijmans Pieter Kooijmans
(1933–2013)
(aged 79)
13 July 2007 –
13 February 2013
(5 years, 215 days)
Queen Beatrix Undersecretary for Foreign Affairs
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Judge of the International Court of Justice
Christian Democratic Appeal
(Anti-Revolutionary Party)
Els Borst Els Borst
(1932–2014)
(aged 81)
21 December 2012 –
8 February 2014
(1 year, 49 days)
Queen Beatrix Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport
Leader of the Democrats 66
Member of the House of Representatives
Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives
Deputy Prime Minister
Democrats 66
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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