Johan Remkes

Johannes Wijnandus "Johan" Remkes (born 15 June 1951) is a Dutch politician and nonprofit director who served as Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands from 2002 to 2003 under Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende. He is a member of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD).[1]

Johan Remkes
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Remkes in 2010
King's Commissioner of
Limburg
Acting
Assumed office
19 April 2021
MonarchWillem-Alexander (2013–present)
Preceded byTheo Bovens
Mayor of The Hague
Acting
In office
11 October 2019 – 1 July 2020
Preceded byBoudewijn Revis (ad interim)
Succeeded byJan van Zanen
King's Commissioner of
North Holland
In office
1 July 2010 – 1 January 2019
MonarchBeatrix (2010–2013)
Willem-Alexander (2013–present)
Preceded byElisabeth Post (Acting)
Succeeded byArthur van Dijk
Minister of the Interior
and Kingdom Relations
In office
22 July 2002 – 22 February 2007
Prime MinisterJan Peter Balkenende
Preceded byKlaas de Vries
Succeeded byGuusje ter Horst
Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands
In office
22 July 2002 – 27 May 2003
Serving with Eduard Bomhoff (2002)
Roelf de Boer (2002–2003)
Prime MinisterJan Peter Balkenende
Preceded byAnnemarie Jorritsma
Els Borst
Succeeded byGerrit Zalm
Thom de Graaf
State Secretary for Housing, Spatial
Planning and the Environment
In office
3 August 1998 – 22 July 2002
Prime MinisterWim Kok
Preceded byDick Tommel
Succeeded byPieter van Geel
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
30 November 2006 – 17 June 2010
In office
30 January 2003 – 27 May 2003
In office
23 May 2002 – 22 July 2002
In office
26 October 1993 – 3 August 1998
Personal details
Born
Johannes Wijnandus Remkes

(1951-06-15) 15 June 1951 (age 69)
Zuidbroek, Netherlands
NationalityDutch
Political partyPeople's Party for
Freedom and Democracy

(from 1973)
Spouse(s)
Nicolette Pinkster
(m. 1984)
ResidenceHaarlem
Alma materUniversity of Groningen
(BEc)
OccupationPolitician · Civil servant · Corporate director · Nonprofit director

Remkes studied Economics at the University of Groningen obtaining a Bachelor of Economics degree. Remkes served as chairman of the political youth organisation JOVD from July 1975 until November 1977. Remkes worked as member of the Provincial-Executive of Groningen from May 1982 until October 1993. Remkes became a member of the House of Representatives on 26 October 1993 serving as a frontbencher and spokesperson for Housing. After the election of 1998 Remkes was appointed as State Secretary for Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment under the Second Kok cabinet taking office on 3 August 1998. After the election of 2002 Remkes was appointed as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations in the First Balkenende cabinet, which took office on 22 July 2002 but fell just 87 days into its term. After the election of 2003 Remkes continued as Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations in the Second Balkenende cabinet. The cabinet fell on 30 June 2006 and was replaced with the caretaker Third Balkenende cabinet with Remkes retaining his position. After the election of 2006 Remkes returned to the House of Representatives on 30 November 2006 and served as a frontbencher and spokesperson for the Interior. In March 2010, Remkes announced that he would not stand for the election of 2010 and declined to serve in new cabinet.

Remkes continued to be active in politics and in June 2010 was nominated as the next King's Commissioner of North Holland serving from 1 July 2010 until 1 January 2019. Remkes also became active in the public sector as non-profit director and serves on several state commissions and councils on behalf of the government. In September 2019, Remkes was appointed as Acting Mayor of The Hague serving from 11 October 2019 until 1 July 2020.[2]

Since 19 April 2021 Remkes has been acting governor of Limburg.[3]

Early careerEdit

Remkes van born in Zuidbroek, Groningen. Remkes applied at the University of Groningen in June 1970 majoring in Economics and obtaining a Bachelor of Economics degree in June 1972. Remkes served on the Municipal Council of Groningen from April 1978 until May 1982 and served on the Provincial-Council of Groningen from May 1978 until October 1993 and as a member of the Provincial-Executive of Groningen from May 1982 until October 1993 and served again on the Municipal Council of Groningen from May 1994 until July 1996.

House of RepresentativesEdit

Remkes became a Member of the House of Representatives after the resignation of Nell Ginjaar-Maas taking office on 26 October 1993 and served as a frontbencher and spokesperson for Housing and deputy spokesperson for the Interior, Economic Affairs, Tax and Customs and Media.

CabinetsEdit

After the election of 1998 Remkes was appointed as State Secretary for Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment in the Cabinet Kok II taking office on 3 August 1998. The Cabinet Kok II resigned on 16 April 2002 following the conclusions of the NIOD report into the Srebrenica massacre during the Bosnian War and continued to serve in a demissionary capacity. After the election of 2002 Remkes returned as a Member of the House of Representatives on 23 May 2002. Following the cabinet formation of 2002 Remkes was appointed as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations in the Cabinet Balkenende I taking office on 22 July 2002.

The Cabinet Balkenende I fell just 87 days into its term following a major leadership crisis in the Pim Fortuyn List (LPF) party and resigned on 16 October 2002 and the cabinet continued to serve in a demissionary capacity. election of 2003 Remkes again returned as a Member of the House of Representatives on 30 January 2003. Following the cabinet formation of 2003 Remkes continued as Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations but the position of Deputy Prime Minister was taken over by Minister of Finance Gerrit Zalm in the Cabinet Balkenende II taking office on 27 May 2003.

On 29 June 2006 the Democrats 66 retracted their support for the cabinet Balkenende II after criticizing the way Minister for Integration and Immigration Rita Verdonk (VVD) had handled the crisis around the naturalization of her party fellow elected to the House of Representatives Ayaan Hirsi Ali. On 7 July 2006 a rump cabinet Third Balkenende cabinet. He returned as a member of the House of Representatives after the inauguration of the Fourth Balkenende cabinet, serving from 30 November 2006 to 17 June 2010.

King's Commissioner North HollandEdit

Remkes remained in active politics, in June 2010 he was nominated as the next Kings's Commissioner of North Holland serving from 1 July 2010 until 1 January 2019. He also served on several state commissions and councils on behalf of the government (Parliamentary Reform Commission, Council for Public Administration, Advisory Council for Spatial Planning and the Van Thijn Commission). After his retirement Remkes occupies numerous seats as a corporate director and nonprofit director for supervisory boards in the business and industry world and several international non-governmental organizations and research institutes. In 2018, he made known he would step down from the position in January 2019 to definitely retire from politics. He has been succeeded by former Haarlemmermeer alderman and also VVD politician Arthur van Dijk.

DecorationsEdit

Honours
Ribbon bar Honour Country Date Comment
  Grand Officer of the Order of Leopold II Belgium 15 May 2004
  Commander of the Legion of Honour France 10 June 2005
  Grand Officer of the Order of the Oak Crown Luxembourg 18 September 2006
  Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau Netherlands 11 April 2007
  Commander of the Order of the Netherlands Lion Netherlands 18 December 2018

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ (in Dutch) Noord-Holland eindhalte voor Johan Remkes, De Telegraaf, 12 April 2010.
  2. ^ "Remkes voor een jaar naar Den Haag, raad doet aangifte van uitlekken gesprek" (in Dutch). NOS. 9 October 2019. Retrieved 12 October 2019.
  3. ^ Benoeming waarnemend commissaris van de Koning in Limburg, Provincie Limburg, 16 April 2021

External linksEdit

Official
Political offices
Preceded by
Dick Tommel
State Secretary for Housing, Spatial
Planning and the Environment

1998–2002
Succeeded by
Pieter van Geel
Preceded by
Annemarie Jorritsma
Deputy Prime Minister
2002–2003
Served alongside:
Eduard Bomhoff (2002)
Roelf de Boer (2002–2003)
Succeeded by
Gerrit Zalm
Preceded by
Els Borst
Succeeded by
Thom de Graaf
Preceded by
Klaas de Vries
Minister of the Interior
and Kingdom Relations

2002–2007
Succeeded by
Guusje ter Horst
Preceded by
Elisabeth Post
Acting
King's Commissioner of
North Holland

2010–2019
Succeeded by
Arthur van Dijk
Preceded by
Boudewijn Revis
Ad Interim
Mayor of The Hague
Acting

2019–2020
Succeeded by
Jan van Zanen
Preceded by
Theo Bovens
King's Commissioner of
Limburg

Acting

2021–present
Succeeded by
....
Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
Ed Nijpels
Chairman of the
Youth Organisation Freedom
and Democracy

1975–1977
Succeeded by
Gijs de Vries