Hanja Maij-Weggen

Johanna Rika Hermanna "Hanja" Maij-Weggen (born 29 December 1943) is a retired Dutch politician of the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA).

Hanja Maij-Weggen
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Hanja Maij-Weggen in 2009
Queen's Commissioner of North Brabant
In office
1 October 2003 – 1 October 2009
Preceded byFrank Houben
Succeeded byWim van de Donk
Minister of Transport and
Water Management
In office
7 November 1989 – 16 July 1994
Prime MinisterRuud Lubbers
Preceded byNeelie Kroes
Succeeded byKoos Andriessen (Ad interim)
Member of the European Parliament
In office
19 July 1994 – 1 October 2003
In office
17 July 1979 – 7 November 1989
Parliamentary groupGroup of the European
People's Party

Christian Democratic Group
Personal details
Johanna Rieka Hermanna Weggen

(1943-12-29) 29 December 1943 (age 76)
Klazienaveen, Netherlands
Political partyChristian Democratic Appeal
(from 1980)
Other political
Anti-Revolutionary Party
(until 1980)
ChildrenHester Maij (born 1969)
Marit Maij (born 1972)
Residence's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
Alma materUniversity of Amsterdam
(Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education)
OccupationPolitician · Corporate director · Nonprofit director · Teacher · Nurse · Lobbyist

From 1989 until 1994 she was Minister of Transport, Public Works and Water Management in the third cabinet of prime minister Ruud Lubbers, and from 2003 until 2009 the Queen's Commissioner of the province of North Brabant. After a nursing education from 1962 until 1965 she studied Pedagogy and History of Art at the University of Amsterdam until 1971. In 1967, she started working as a healthcare teacher in Amstelveen and Apeldoorn. In 1979, her political career started when she became a member of the European Parliament. In 1989, she temporarily left the European Parliament to become the Dutch Minister of Transport, Public Works and Water Management.[1] Four years later, she returned to the European Parliament where she remained until 1 October 2003 when she became the Queen's Commissioner for the province of North Brabant.[2] She retired on 1 October 2009.

Personal lifeEdit

She is the mother of CDA politician Hester Maij and PvdA MP Marit Maij. she was the president of World Animal Protection from 2000 until 2012.


Ribbon bar Honour Country Date Comment
  Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion Netherlands 8 October 1994
  Commander of the Order of Orange-Nassau Netherlands 1 October 2009


  1. ^ Simons, Marlise (27 January 1993). "Europe planning curbs on tankers". The New York Times. Retrieved 17 November 2009.
  2. ^ "Queen's commissioner has 149 other jobs". DutchNews. 24 August 2009. Retrieved 17 November 2009.

External linksEdit

Political offices
Preceded by
Neelie Kroes
Minister of Transport and
Water Management

Succeeded by
Koos Andriessen
Ad interim
Preceded by
Frank Houben
Queen's Commissioner
of North Brabant

Succeeded by
Wim van de Donk
Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
Chairwoman of the
World Animal
Protection Netherlands

Succeeded by
Bob van den Bos