Leader of the Christian Union

The Leader of the Christian Union is the most senior politician within the Christian Union (Dutch: ChristenUnie, CU) in the Netherlands. The post is currently held by Gert-Jan Segers, who succeeded Arie Slob in 2015.[1]

Christian Union

HistoryEdit

The Leaders outwardly act as the 'figurehead' and the main representative of the party. Within the party, they must ensure political consensus. At election time the Leader is always the Lijsttrekker (top candidate) of the party list. Outside election time the Leader can serve as the Opposition leader. In the Christian Union the Leader is often the Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives. One Christian Union leader became a Minister in a Cabinet.


Leader Term of office Age as Leader Position(s) as Leader Further position(s) Former
Affiliation
Professional
Background
Church Lijsttrekker
  Dr.
Kars Veling
(born 1948)
17 January 2001 –
12 November 2002
(1 year, 299 days) [1]
52–54 Member of the Senate
(GPV)
(1991–2002)
Member of the House
of Representatives

(2002)
Parliamentary leader in the
House of Representatives
(2002)
Parliamentary leader
in the Senate
(GPV)
(1991–1999)
Reformed Political
League
Theologian
Historian
Teacher
Reformed Churches
Liberated
2002
  André Rouvoet
(born 1962)
12 November 2002 –
28 April 2011
(8 years, 167 days) [1]
40–49 Member of the House
of Representatives

(1994–2007) (2010–2011)
Parliamentary leader in the
House of Representatives
(2002–2007) (2010–2011)
Minister for Youth Policy
and Family Policy

(2007–2010)
Deputy Prime Minister
(2007–2010)
Minister of Education,
Culture and Science

(2010)
Reformatory Political
Federation
Jurist
Political consultant
Researcher
Teacher
Christian Reformed
Churches
2003
2006
2010
  Arie Slob
(born 1961)
28 April 2011 –
10 November 2015
(4 years, 196 days) [1]
49–53 Member of the House
of Representatives

(2002–2015)
Parliamentary leader in the
House of Representatives
(2011–2015)
Member of the House
of Representatives

(2001–2002)
Parliamentary leader in the
House of Representatives
(2007–2010)
Minister for Primary and
Secondary Education
and Media

(since 2017)
Reformed Political
League
Teacher
School administrator
Reformed Churches
Liberated
2012
  Gert-Jan Segers
(born 1969)
10 November 2015 –
Incumbent
(5 years, 317 days) [1]
46– Member of the House
of Representatives

(since 2012)
Parliamentary leader in the
House of Representatives
(since 2015)
Reformed Political
League
Political scientist
Researcher
Nonprofit director
Author
Protestant Church 2017

Deputy LeadersEdit

The Christian Union doesn't have an official designated Deputy Leader in the party's hierarchy but some are given the title as an unofficial description by the media. Because of the often unofficial nature of the position, reliable sources can sometimes differ over who the deputy actually is or was.

Deputy Leader Term of office Position(s) as Deputy Leader Leader(s)
  Arie Slob
(born 1961)
30 January 2003 –
28 April 2011
(8 years, 88 days) [1]
Member of the House
of Representatives

(2002–2015)
Parliamentary leader in the
House of Representatives
(2007–2010)
André Rouvoet
Not in use
(28 April 2011 – 10 November 2015)
  Carola Schouten
(born 1977)
10 November 2015 –
Incumbent
(5 years, 317 days) [2]
Member of the House
of Representatives

(2011–2017)
Deputy Prime Minister
(since 2017)
Minister of Agriculture,
Nature and Food Quality

(since 2017)
Gert-Jan Segers

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Politiek leider van een partij". Parlement&Politiek. Retrieved 2012-11-03.
  2. ^ "Vicepremier Carola Schouten (CU) heeft haar wortels in het boerenbedrijf" (in Dutch). NOS. 21 October 2017. Retrieved 11 March 2019.

External linksEdit

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