Elco Brinkman

Leendert Cornelis "Elco" Brinkman (born 5 February 1948) is a retired Dutch politician of the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA) party and businessperson.[1]

Elco Brinkman
Elco Brinkman 2008.jpg
Elco Brinkman in 2008
Parliamentary leader
in the Senate
In office
7 June 2011 – 11 June 2019
Preceded byJos Werner
Succeeded byBen Knapen
Parliamentary groupChristian Democratic Appeal
Member of the Senate
In office
7 June 2011 – 11 June 2019
Parliamentary groupChristian Democratic Appeal
Member of the Social
and Economic Council
In office
1 June 1995 – 1 July 2013
Chairman
See list
Leader of the Christian
Democratic Appeal
In office
29 January 1994 – 16 August 1994
Preceded byRuud Lubbers
Succeeded byEnneüs Heerma
Parliamentary leader in the
House of Representatives
In office
7 November 1989 – 16 August 1994
Preceded byRuud Lubbers
Succeeded byEnneüs Heerma
Parliamentary groupChristian Democratic Appeal
Member of the House
of Representatives
In office
14 September 1989 – 26 April 1995
In office
3 June 1986 – 14 July 1986
Parliamentary groupChristian Democratic Appeal
Minister of Welfare,
Health and Culture
In office
4 November 1982 – 7 November 1989
Prime MinisterRuud Lubbers
Preceded byTil Gardeniers-Berendsen
Health and Environment
Succeeded byHedy d'Ancona
Personal details
Born
Leendert Cornelis Brinkman

(1948-02-05) 5 February 1948 (age 73)
Dirksland, Netherlands
NationalityDutch
Political partyChristian Democratic Appeal
(from 1980)
Spouse(s)
(m. 1977)
Children3 children
FatherBram Brinkman (1915–2009)
ResidenceLeiden, Netherlands
Alma materFree University Amsterdam
(Bachelor of Social Science, Bachelor of Laws, Master of Social Science, Master of Laws)
OccupationPolitician · Civil servant · Jurist · Researcher · Businessperson · Corporate director · Nonprofit director · Trade association executive · Lobbyist

Brinkman studied Political science and Law and at the Free University Amsterdam simultaneously obtaining a Master of Social Science and Laws degree. Brinkman worked as a researcher at his alma mater from September 1970 until July 1974 and as a civil servant for the Ministry of the Interior from July 1974 until November 1982. After the election of 1982 Brinkman was appointed Minister of Welfare, Health and Culture in the Cabinet Lubbers I taking office on 4 November 1982. After the election of 1986 Brinkman continued his office in the Cabinet Lubbers II. After the election of 1989 Brinkman was elected as a Member of the House of Representatives on 14 September 1989 and declined to serve in the new cabinet and instead was selected as Parliamentary leader on 7 November 1989. Shortly before an upcoming election Party Leader and Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers announced his retirement and Brinkman was anonymously selected as his successor on 29 January 1994. For the election of 1994 Brinkman served as Lijsttrekker (top candidate) but shortly thereafter announced that he was stepping down following disappointing election results on 16 August 1994 but continued to serve in the House of Representatives as a frontbencher chairing the House Committee on Kingdom Relations and spokesperson for Health. In April 1995 Brinkman unexpectedly announced his retirement and resigned from the House of Representatives on 26 April 1995.

Brinkman retired from active politics at just 47 and became active in the private and public sectors as a corporate and non-profit director and served on several state commissions and councils on behalf of the government, and worked as a trade association executive serving as Chairman of the Construction association from May 1995 until July 2013, Vice Chairman of the Industry and Employers confederation (VNO-NCW) from April 2002 until May 2008 and a Member of the Social and Economic Council for the VNO-NCW from June 1995 until July 2013. Brinkman returned to active in politics and after the Senate election of 2011 was elected as a Member of the Senate and became Parliamentary leader serving from 7 June 2011 until 11 June 2019. Brinkman retired from active politics a second time at 71 but following his retirement continues to be active as an advocate and lobbyist for trade associations

DecorationsEdit

Honours
Ribbon bar Honour Country Date Comment
  Grand Officer of the Legion of Honour France 6 February 1984
  Grand Cross of the Order of Leopold II Belgium 10 September 1988
  Commander of the Order of Orange-Nassau Netherlands 20 November 1989

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "CDA-coryfee Elco Brinkman kondigt vertrek uit politiek aan" (in Dutch). NOS. 8 August 2018. Retrieved 27 April 2019.

External linksEdit

Official
Party political offices
Preceded by
Ruud Lubbers
Parliamentary leader of the
Christian Democratic Appeal
in the House of Representatives

1989–1994
Succeeded by
Enneüs Heerma
Leader of the Christian
Democratic Appeal

1994
Preceded by
Ruud Lubbers
1989
Lijsttrekker of the
Christian Democratic Appeal

1994
Succeeded by
Jaap de Hoop Scheffer
1998
Preceded by
Jos Werner
Parliamentary leader of the
Christian Democratic Appeal
in the Senate

2011–2019
Succeeded by
Ben Knapen
Political offices
Preceded by
Til Gardeniers-Berendsen
as Minister of Health and Environment
Minister of Welfare,
Health and Culture

1982–1989
Succeeded by
Hedy d'Ancona
Preceded by
Til Gardeniers-Berendsen
as Minister of Culture,
Recreation and Social Work

Ad interim
Civic offices
Preceded by
Unknown
Deputy Secretary-General of the
Ministry of the Interior

1979–1980
Succeeded by
Unknown
Director-General of the Department for
Public Administration of the
Ministry of the Interior

1980–1982
Preceded by
Bert de Vries
Chairman of the
Supervisory board of
Public Pension Funds APB

2001–2009
Succeeded by
Harry Borghouts
Business positions
Preceded by
Office established
Chairman of the
Executive Board of the
Construction association

1995–2013
Succeeded by
Maxime Verhagen
Preceded by
Hans de Boer
Vice Chairman of the
Executive Board of the
Industry and Employers
confederation

2002–2008
Succeeded by
Hans Wiegel
Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
Bram Peper
Chairman of the
Supervisory board of the
International Architecture
Biennal Rotterdam

2001–2011
Succeeded by
Ed Nijpels
Preceded by
Wim Deetman
Chairman of the
Supervisory board of the
Royal Library

2004–2015
Succeeded by
Tjibbe Joustra
Preceded by
Hans Wiegel
Chairman of the
Supervisory board of
Staatsbosbeheer

2008–2010
Succeeded by
Inge Brakman