Fredrik "Fred" Teeven (born 5 August 1958) is a retired Dutch politician, bus driver and jurist. A member of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD), he served as State Secretary at the Ministry of Security and Justice from 2010 to 2015.
|State Secretary for Security and Justice|
14 October 2010 – 10 March 2015
|Prime Minister||Mark Rutte|
|Preceded by||Nebahat Albayrak|
|Succeeded by||Klaas Dijkhoff|
|Member of the House of Representatives|
26 March 2015 – 23 March 2017
20 September 2012 – 5 November 2012
30 November 2006 – 14 October 2010
23 May 2002 – 30 January 2003
|Leader of Livable Netherlands |
in the House of Representatives
23 May 2002 – 30 January 2003
|Preceded by||Office established|
|Succeeded by||Office discontinued|
|Leader of Livable Netherlands|
10 March 2002 – 30 December 2002
|Preceded by||Pim Fortuyn|
|Succeeded by||Haitske van de Linde|
5 August 1958
|Political party||People's Party for |
Freedom and Democracy
|Livable Netherlands |
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
|Alma mater||Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam |
(Bachelor of Laws, Master of Laws)
University of Twente
(Master of Science in Project Management)
|Occupation||Politician · Civil servant · Jurist · Prosecutor · Tax collector · Consultant · Bus driver|
Teeven served as a member of the House of Representatives and parliamentary leader of the Livable Netherlands party in the House of Representatives from 23 May 2002 until 30 January 2003. In 2003 he rejoined the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy and after general election of 2006 again served as a member of the House of Representatives from 30 November 2006 until 14 October 2010 when he became State Secretary for Security and Justice in the First and Second Rutte cabinet. After the general election of 2012 he served as a member of the House of Representatives from 20 September 2012 until 5 November 2012 and again from 26 March 2015 until 23 March 2017.
Teeven was born in the province of North Holland. He studied law at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and public management at the University of Twente. Working first as a tax collector he became a prosecutor, becoming known as a crimefighter, since he led many investigations into organised crime. Teeven was involved in the prosecutions of Dési Bouterse, Mink Kok, Johan Verhoek, and Willem Holleeder.
In 2002, Teeven succeeded Pim Fortuyn as Front runner (lijsttrekker) of Livable Netherlands (Leefbaar Nederland). From 23 May 2002 to 30 January 2003, he was the parliamentary group leader of Livable Netherlands in the House of Representatives and also a member of the House of Representatives from 23 May 2002 – 30 January 2003. After he found out that he would not be Front runner in the 2003 elections, he quit the party and returned to his former post of public prosecutor.
In 2006, Teeven announced his return to politics, this time for the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD). For the Dutch general election of 2006, he was 6th on the candidate list for the VVD, and was elected into House of Representatives on 30 November 2006. He was the main spokesperson for justice policy.
For the Dutch general election of 2010 he was 3rd on the candidate list for the VVD. After the cabinet formation of 2010 for the first Rutte cabinet, Teeven became the Undersecretary for Security and Justice taking office on 14 October 2010 and resigned the same day as an MP. On 5 November 2012, he continued as Undersecretary for Security and Justice in the Second Rutte cabinet. Meanwhile, he was an MP again from 20 September 2012 to 5 November 2012. As Undersecretary for Security and Justice he was tasked with dealing with prevention, family law, youth justice, and copyright law.
On 10 March 2015 Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten resigned together with Teeven after the former had informed the House of Representatives wrongly in the early 2000s on a deal made by Teeven as state prosecutor in 1994. The deal concerned money paid to a drug trafficker whose money had been seized and received compensation after the origin of the money could not be proved to be illegal. Opstelten had mentioned to the House of Representatives a lower amount than the one that was actually paid, and that the receipt of the transaction had gone missing, while it later surfaced. In the wake of this scandal, House Chairwoman Anouchka van Miltenburg (who was a member of the same political party) resigned on 12 December 2015 when it became clear she had suppressed two letters of a whistle blower from the justice department who had already mentioned the right details on the 'deal', by putting the letters through the shredder. After resigning as State Secretary Teeven served as member of the House of Representatives between 26 March 2015 and 23 March 2017.
|Knight of the Order of Orange-Nassau||Netherlands||9 April 2015|
- As Undersecretary for Security and Justice Teeven was allowed to use the ministerial title Minister of Security while on foreign business.
- (in Dutch) Alle namen van het nieuwe kabinet Rutte II, RTL Nieuws, October 25, 2012
- "Dutch ministers Opstelten and Teeven quit over payment to drug-trafficker". BBC News. 10 March 2015. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
- (in Dutch) Resignation speech
- (in Dutch) VVD offert pion Miltenburg in Teevendeal
- "Mr. F. (Fred) Teeven MPM" (in Dutch). Parlement.com. Retrieved 9 April 2017.
- John Van Den Heuvel (24 November 2017). "Fred Teeven is now a bus driver: 'Immediately enthusiastic'" (in Dutch). Retrieved 24 November 2017.
Media related to Fred Teeven at Wikimedia Commons
- (in Dutch) Mr. F. (Fred) Teeven MPM Parlement & Politiek