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Godefridus Jan "Fred" de Graaf (born 28 February 1950) is a retired Dutch politician of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) and jurist.

Fred de Graaf
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Fred de Graaf in 2011
Mayor of Heerde
In office
16 October 2017 – 1 January 2019
Acting
Preceded byInez Pijnenburg
Succeeded byJacqueline Koops-Scheele
Mayor of Enschede
In office
1 January 2015 – 1 October 2015
Acting
Preceded byPeter den Oudsten
Succeeded byOnno van Veldhuizen
Mayor of Amstelveen
In office
1 January 2014 – 3 July 2014
Acting
Preceded byJan van Zanen
Succeeded byMirjam van 't Veld
Mayor of Bronckhorst
In office
1 October 2013 – 1 January 2014
Ad interim
Preceded byHenk Aalderink
Succeeded byHenk Aalderink
President of the Senate
In office
28 June 2011 – 2 July 2013
Preceded byRené van der Linden
Succeeded byAnkie Broekers-Knol
Parliamentary leader in the Senate
In office
14 October 2010 – 15 February 2011
Preceded byUri Rosenthal
Succeeded byLoek Hermans
Parliamentary groupPeople's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Member of the Senate
In office
10 June 2003 – 9 June 2015
Parliamentary groupPeople's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Mayor of Apeldoorn
In office
16 February 1999 – 1 October 2011
Preceded byHarm Bruins Slot
Succeeded byHans Esmeijer
Mayor of Udenhout
In office
16 September 1996 – 1 January 1997
Ad interim
Preceded byWim Dijkstra
Succeeded byGerrit Brokx (as Mayor of Tilburg)
Mayor of Helvoirt
In office
1 October 1995 – 1 January 1996
Ad interim
Preceded byPiet Berkhout
Succeeded byHans Haas (as Mayor of Haaren)
Mayor of Vught
In office
16 January 1989 – 16 February 1999
Preceded byDirk Reitsma
Succeeded byIz Keijzer
Mayor of Leersum
In office
16 June 1981 – 16 January 1989
Preceded byHans Goudsmit
Succeeded byCokkie Feith-Hooijer
Personal details
Born
Godefridus Jan de Graaf

(1950-02-28) 28 February 1950 (age 69)
Roosendaal, Netherlands
NationalityDutch
Political partyPeople's Party for
Freedom and Democracy

(since 1976)
Spouse(s)
Harma van Buizen (m. 1973)
Children2 daughters
ResidenceApeldoorn, Netherlands
Alma materUniversity of Groningen
(Bachelor of Laws, Master of Laws)
OccupationPolitician · Civil servant · Jurist · Nonprofit director

De Graaf a jurist by occupation, worked as a civil servant for the Ministry of the Interior from 1975 until 1981. He was as a member of the municipal council of Voorschoten from 1978 to 1981. Afterwards he served as Mayor of Leersum from 16 June 1981 until 16 January 1989 when he became Mayor of Vught, serving until 16 February 1999 when he became Mayor of Apeldoorn, serving until his resignation on 1 October 2011. He served as the Parliamentary leader of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy in the Senate from 14 October 2010 until 15 February 2011. In the Dutch Senate election of 2011, the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy won the most seats and De Graaf was selected as next President of the Senate.[1] De Graaf announced his resignation as President of the Senate of the Netherlands following criticism on his neutrality; he remained in office until Ankie Broekers-Knol was elected as successor.[2] He presided the coronation of King Willem-Alexander on 30 April 2013.

DecorationsEdit

Honours
Ribbon bar Honour Country Date Comment
  Third Class, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon of the Order of the Sacred Treasure Japan 12 May 2000
  Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau Netherlands 30 April 2011 Elevated from Knight (16 April 1997)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ (in Dutch) VVD'er De Graaf nieuwe voorzitter Senaat, NOS, 24 June 2011
  2. ^ (in Dutch) Voorzitter Eerste Kamer stapt op, NOS, 14 June 2013

External linksEdit

Official
Party political offices
Preceded by
Uri Rosenthal
Parliamentary leader of the
People's Party for Freedom and Democracy
in the Senate

2010–2011
Succeeded by
Loek Hermans
Political offices
Preceded by
Hans Goudsmit
Mayor of Leersum
1981–1989
Succeeded by
Cokkie Feith-Hooijer
Preceded by
Dirk Reitsma
Mayor of Vught
1989–1999
Succeeded by
Iz Keijzer
Preceded by
Piet Berkhout
Mayor of Helvoirt
Ad interim

1995–1996
Succeeded by
Hans Haas
as Mayor of Haaren
Preceded by
Wim Dijkstra
Mayor of Udenhout
Ad interim

1996–1997
Succeeded by
Gerrit Brokx
as Mayor of Tilburg
Preceded by
Harm Bruins Slot
Mayor of Apeldoorn
1999–2011
Succeeded by
Hans Esmeijer
Preceded by
René van der Linden
President of the Senate
2011–2013
Succeeded by
Ankie Broekers-Knol
Preceded by
Henk Aalderink
Mayor of Bronckhorst
Ad interim

2013–2014
Succeeded by
Henk Aalderink
Preceded by
Jan van Zanen
Mayor of Amstelveen
Acting

2014
Succeeded by
Mirjam van 't Veld
Preceded by
Peter den Oudsten
Mayor of Enschede
Acting

2015
Succeeded by
Onno van Veldhuizen
Preceded by
Inez Pijnenburg
Mayor of Heerde
Acting

2017–2019
Succeeded by
Jacqueline Koops-Scheele
Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
Frank Schreve
Chairman of the
Supervisory board of the
Hoge Veluwe National
Park Foundation

2016–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Cees van den Vlekkert
Chairman of the
Supervisory board of the
Airborne Museum Hartenstein

2019–present