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Berend-Jan van Voorst tot Voorst

Baron Berend-Jan Marie van Voorst tot Voorst (born 7 February 1944) is a retired Dutch politician and diplomat of the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA) party and jurist.[1]


Berend-Jan van
Voorst tot Voorst
Mr. B. J. M. Baron van Voorst tot Voorst nieuwe staatssecretaris Buitenlandse Za, Bestanddeelnr 934-3227.jpg
Berend-Jan van Voorst tot Voorst in 1988
Queen's Commissioner of Limburg
In office
1 July 1993 – 1 July 2005
MonarchBeatrix
Preceded byEmile Mastenbroek
Succeeded byLéon Frissen
State Secretary for Defence
In office
7 November 1989 – 1 June 1993
Prime MinisterRuud Lubbers
Preceded byJan van Houwelingen
Succeeded byTon Frinking
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
14 September 1989 – 7 November 1989
Parliamentary groupChristian Democratic Appeal
State Secretary for Foreign Affairs
In office
27 September 1988 – 7 November 1989
Prime MinisterRuud Lubbers
Preceded byRené van der Linden
Succeeded byPiet Dankert
Personal details
Born
Berend-Jan Marie van Voorst tot Voorst

(1944-02-07) 7 February 1944 (age 75)
Beek, Netherlands
NationalityDutch
Political partyChristian Democratic Appeal
(from 1980)
Other political
affiliations
Catholic People's Party
(1966–1980)
Children3 daughters
ResidenceMaastricht, Netherlands
Alma materRadboud University Nijmegen
(Bachelor of Laws, Master of Laws)
University of Fribourg
(Bachelor of Social Science, Master of Social Science)
OccupationPolitician · Diplomat · Civil servant · Jurist · Businessman · Corporate director · Nonprofit director

Van Voorst tot Voorst worked as a civil servant for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from July 1968 until September 1972 and as a diplomat for the Directorate-General for External Relations of the European Commission in Brussels from September 1972 until May 1985. Van Voorst tot Voorst worked as a civil servant for the Ministry of Economic Affairs as Director-General of the department for Foreign Trade from May 1985 until September 1988. Van Voorst tot Voorst was appointed as State Secretary for Foreign Affairs in the Cabinet Lubbers II following the resignation of René van der Linden, taking office on 27 september 1988. Van Voorst tot Voorst was elected as a Member of the House of Representatives after the election of 1989, taking office on 14 September 1989. Following the cabinet formation of 1989 Van Voorst tot Voorst was appointed as State Secretary for Defence in the Cabinet Lubbers III, taking office on 7 November 1989.

In June 1993 Van Voorst tot Voorst was nominated as Queen's Commissioner of Limburg, he resigned as a State Secretary on 1 June 1993 and was installed as Queen's Commissioner, serving from 1 July 1993 until 1 July 2005.

PersonalEdit

Berend-Jan van Voorst tot Voorst had his secondary education in Tilburg and studied law at the Catholic University of Nijmegen and politics as well as science at the University of Fribourg Switzerland).[1]

Van Voorst tot Voorst is married and has 3 daughters.

DecorationsEdit

Honours
Ribbon bar Honour Country Date Comment
  Commander of the Order of Leopold II Belgium 15 May 1989
  Commander of the Order of Orange-Nassau Netherlands 25 June 1993
  Knight Commander of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre Holy See 16 April 1996 Elevated from Knight (19 July 1989)
  Grand Officer of the Order of the Oak Crown Luxembourg 12 December 1996
  Knight Commander of the
Order of St. Gregory the Great
Holy See 18 September 1998
  Grand Cross of the Order pro Merito Melitensi Sovereign Military Order of Malta 1 January 2002
  Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion Netherlands 1 July 2005
  Commander of the Legion of Honour France 25 November 2005

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Mr. B.J.M. (Berend-Jan) baron van Voorst tot Voorst" (in Dutch). Parliamentary Documentation Centre (PDC). Retrieved 15 December 2010.

External linksEdit

Official
Political offices
Preceded by
René van der Linden
State Secretary for Foreign Affairs
1988–1989
Succeeded by
Piet Dankert
Preceded by
Jan van Houwelingen
State Secretary for Defence
1989–1993
Succeeded by
Ton Frinking
Preceded by
Emile Mastenbroek
Queen's Commissioner of Limburg
1993–2005
Succeeded by
Leon Frissen