|Mayor of Eindhoven|
|Preceded by||Jos van Kemenade|
|Succeeded by||Alexander Sakkers|
|Born||August 29, 1941
|Died||September 17, 2013
|Political party||People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD)|
Welschen served as an alderman of Breda from 1978 to 1987. He was a Provincial-Executive of North Brabant from 1987 to 1992. He served as the Mayor of Eindhoven from 1992 until 2003. The city experienced the bankruptcy of both the DAF Car BV and the Operation Centurion at Philips during his tenure, which increased unemployment. A major crash of a Belgian Air Force C-130 Hercules also took place on July 15, 1996. In 2004 he was acting mayor of Westland.
Rein Welschen had been in declining health for several years. He died on September 17, 2013, at the age of 72. His funeral was held in Breda, while a memorial service was held Eindhoven's city hall on September 27, 2013.
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