Leader of the Democrats 66

The Leader of the Democrats 66 is the most senior politician within the Democrats 66 (Dutch: Democraten 66, D66) in the Netherlands. The post is currently vacant since the resignation of Alexander Pechtold.[1]

History

The Leaders outwardly act as the 'figurehead' and the main representative of the party. Within the party, they must ensure political consensus. At election time the Leader is always the Lijsttrekker (top candidate) of the party list. In the Democrats 66 the Leader is often the Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives. Some Democrats 66 leaders became a Minister in a Cabinet.

Leader Term of office Age as Leader Position(s) as Leader Further position(s) Lijsttrekker
Hans van Mierlo
(1931–2010)
14 September 1966 –
1 September 1973
(6 years, 352 days) [1]
35–42 Chairman of the Democrats 66
(1966–1967)
Member of the House
of Representatives

(1967–1977) (1986–1994)
Parliamentary leader in the
House of Representatives
(1967–1973) (1986–1994)
Member of the Senate
(1983–1986)
Minister of Foreign Affairs
(1994–1998)
Deputy Prime Minister
(1994–1998)
Minister of Defence
(1981–1982)
Member of the House
of Representatives

(1998)
Minister of State
(1998–2011)
1967
1971
1972
1986
1989
1994
Dr.
Jan Terlouw
(born 1931)
1 September 1973 –
8 September 1982
(9 years, 7 days) [1]
41–50 Member of the House
of Representatives

(1971–1981)
Parliamentary leader in the
House of Representatives
(1973–1981)
Minister of Economic Affairs
(1981–1982)
Deputy Prime Minister
(1981–1982)
Queen's Commissioner
of Gelderland
(1991–1996)
Member of the Senate
(1999–2003)
1977
1981
1982
Laurens Jan Brinkhorst
(born 1937)
8 September 1982 –
10 November 1982
(63 days) [1]
45 Member of the House
of Representatives

(1977–1982)
Parliamentary leader in the
House of Representatives
(1981–1982)
State Secretary for
Foreign Affairs

(1973–1977)
Ambassador of the European
Union to Japan

(1982–1987)
Member of the
European Parliament

(1994–1999)
Minister of Agriculture,
Nature and Fisheries

(1999–2002)
Minister of Economic Affairs
(2003–2006)
Deputy Prime Minister
(2005–2006)
Maarten Engwirda
(born 1943)
10 November 1982 –
25 January 1986
(3 years, 76 days) [1]
39–42 Member of the House
of Representatives

(1977–1989)
Parliamentary leader in the
House of Representatives
(1982–1986)
Member of the House
of Representatives

(1971–1972)
Member of the
European Parliament

(1971–1973)
Member of the European
Court of Auditors

(1996–2011)
Hans van Mierlo
(1931–2010)
25 January 1986 –
15 February 1998
(12 years, 21 days) [1]
54–66 Chairman of the Democrats 66
(1966–1967)
Member of the House
of Representatives

(1967–1977) (1986–1994)
Parliamentary leader in the
House of Representatives
(1967–1973) (1986–1994)
Member of the Senate
(1983–1986)
Minister of Foreign Affairs
(1994–1998)
Deputy Prime Minister
(1994–1998)
Minister of Defence
(1981–1982)
Member of the House
of Representatives

(1998)
Minister of State
(1998–2011)
1967
1971
1972
1986
1989
1994
Dr.
Els Borst
(1932–2014)
15 February 1998 –
30 May 1998
(104 days) [1]
65–66 Minister of Health,
Welfare and Sport

(1994–2002)
Member of the House
of Representatives

(1998)
Parliamentary leader in the
House of Representatives
(1998)
Deputy Prime Minister
(1998–2002)
Minister of State
(2012–2014)
1998
Thom de Graaf
(born 1957)
30 May 1998 –
22 January 2003
(4 years, 237 days) [1]
40–45 Member of the House
of Representatives

(1994–2003)
Parliamentary leader in the
House of Representatives
(1998–2003)
Parliamentary leader in the
House of Representatives
(1997–1998)
Minister for Government Reform
and Kingdom Relations

(2003–2005)
Deputy Prime Minister
(2003–2005)
Mayor of Nijmegen
(2007–2012)
Member of the Senate
(2011–2018)
Parliamentary leader
in the Senate
(2015–2018)
Vice-President of
the Council of State

(since 2018)
2002
2003
Boris Dittrich
(born 1955)
22 January 2003 –
3 February 2006
(3 years, 12 days) [1]
47–50 Member of the House
of Representatives

(1994–2006)
Parliamentary leader in the
House of Representatives
(2003–2006)
Member of the Senate
(since 2019)
Vacant
(3 February 2006 – 24 June 2006)
[Note]
Alexander Pechtold
(born 1965)
24 June 2006 –
6 October 2018
(12 years, 104 days) [1]
40–52 Member of the House
of Representatives

(2006–2018)
Parliamentary leader in the
House of Representatives
(2006–2018)
Chairman of the Democrats 66
(2002–2005)
Mayor of Wageningen
(2003–2005)
Minister for Government Reform
and Kingdom Relations

(2005–2006)
2006
2010
2012
2017
Vacant
(since 6 October 2018)
[Note]
Note After Boris Dittrich stepped down Lousewies van der Laan took over as Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives. The Democrats 66 leadership election of 2006 elected Alexander Pechtold as Lijsttrekker for the general election of 2006 on 24 June 2006.
Note After Alexander Pechtold stepped down Rob Jetten took over as Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives on 10 October 2018. For the Next Dutch general election a Lijsttrekker election will likely take place to elect a new official Leader.

See also

References

  1. "Politiek leider van een partij". Parlement&Politiek. Retrieved 2012-11-03.
Official
This article is issued from Wikipedia. The text is licensed under Creative Commons - Attribution - Sharealike. Additional terms may apply for the media files.