Lardinois married Maria Hubertina Gerardina on 14 October 1950. They had two sons and three daughters.
In 1963 he was first elected to the Dutch House of Representatives for the Katholieke Volkspartij (KVP). From 1963 to 1967 he was member of the European Parliament. He served as Minister of Agriculture (1967–1973), during which time he served as the Dutch Coordinator of Affairs and Provision of Aid and Assistance Concerning Suriname and the Netherlands Antilles from 1972–1973; thereafter he was appointed European Commissioner (1973–1977). From 1977 to 1986 he was the chairman of the Rabobank.
He died on 16 July 1987 from an undisclosed cause.
- "Ir. P.J. (Pierre) Lardinois - Parlement & Politiek" (in Dutch). Leiden University. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
- "Pierre Lardinois Dies at 62; A Dutch and Europe Official". Associated Press. 19 July 1987. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
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