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Hans van Mierlo


As on 10 May 2013


Taken from: Wikipedia - Hans van Mierlo



Introduction


Henricus Antonius Franciscus Maria Oliva "Hans" van Mierlo (August 18, 1931 – March 11, 2010) was a Dutch politician of the Democrats 66 (D66). In 1966 Van Mierlo together with Hans Gruijters founded the Democrats 66. He served as Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives for a total of 14 years, from February 16, 1967 until September 1, 1973 and from May 22, 1986 until August 19, 1994. He has been member of both the Senate and House of Representatives of the States-General.

He served as Minister of Defense from September 11, 1981 until November 4, 1982 in the Cabinets van Agt II and III. He later served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister from August 22, 1994 until August 3, 1998 in the Cabinet Kok I.

On October 24, 1998 he was granted the honorary title of Minister of State.[1]



Biography


Early life

Hans van Mierlo attended high school at the Canisius College in Nijmegen. He studied law Radboud University Nijmegen. In 1960 he did his examination as Master of Laws. From 1960 up to 1967 he worked at NRC Handelsblad in Amsterdam, first as an editor Home Affairs, later as the opinion page's chief editor.


Politics

In 1966 he co-founded the social liberal Democrats 66 (D66). He was a Member of the House of Representatives from Februari 23, 1967 until June 8, 1977. He was the Democrats 66 first Chair of the Parliamentary Party in the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) from February 16, 1967 until September 1, 1973. From September 11, 1981 until November 4, 1982 he was Minister of Defense in the Cabinets van Agt II and III. He served as a Member of the Senate (Eerste Kamer) from September 13, 1983 until June 4, 1986. He again served as a Member of the House of Representatives from June 3, 1986 until August 22, 1994 and as Chair of the Parliamentary Party of the House of Representatives from May 22, 1986 until August 19, 1994. Van Mierlo concluded his political career as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister from August 22, 1994 until August 3, 1998 in the Cabinet Kok I.


Personal

He was appointed Minister of State on October 24, 1998, a mainly honorary title for politicians with an extensive history of government service. Hans van Mierlo has been married three times. He has a son from his first marriage and two daughters from the second. Since 1999 Van Mierlo had a relationship with the Dutch writer Connie Palmen; they got married on November 11, 2009, in Amsterdam.[2]


Death

Hans van Mierlo died on March 11, 2010 at the of age 78.[3][4] He had been living with a transplanted liver since 2000 [5] which was required after liver failure as a consequence of a hepatitis C contamination contracted from a blood transfusion in 1982.[6]


Decorations

- Commander - Order of Orange-Nassau
- Commander - Légion d'honneur



References


1. (Dutch) Ministers van Staat Mr. H.A.F.M.O.van Mierlo
2. (Dutch) Connie Palmen en Hans van Mierlo getrouwd
3. Hans van Mierlo, changer of Dutch politics, dies at 78
4. (Dutch) Van Mierlo tot laatst betrokken bij D66
5. (Dutch) Hans van Mierlo is overleden
6. broken link