Frank de Grave


Franciscus Hendrikus Gerardus "Frank" de Grave (born 27 June 1955) is a Dutch politician of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) and businessman. He is an Extraordinary Member of the Council of State since 3 September 2018.[1]

Frank de Grave
Frank de Grave in 2000
Extraordinary Member
of the Council of State
Assumed office
3 September 2018
Vice PresidentPiet Hein Donner (2018)
Thom de Graaf (from 2018)
Member of the Senate
In office
7 June 2011  3 September 2018
Parliamentary groupPeople's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Minister of Defence
In office
3 August 1998  22 July 2002
Prime MinisterWim Kok
Preceded byJoris Voorhoeve
Succeeded byBenk Korthals
State Secretary for Social Affairs
and Employment
In office
2 July 1996  3 August 1998
Prime MinisterWim Kok
Preceded byRobin Linschoten
Succeeded byHans Hoogervorst
Mayor of Amsterdam
In office
18 January 1994  1 June 1994
Acting
Preceded byEd van Thijn
Succeeded bySchelto Patijn
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
23 May 2002  1 April 2004
In office
19 May 1998  3 August 1998
In office
16 September 1982  8 May 1990
Parliamentary groupPeople's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Personal details
Born
Franciscus Hendrikus Gerardus de Grave

(1955-06-27) 27 June 1955 (age 66)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
NationalityDutch
Political partyPeople's Party for
Freedom and Democracy

(from 1975)
Spouse(s)
Dorienke Verkerk
(m. 1985)
Children2 children
ResidenceAmsterdam, Netherlands
Alma materUniversity of Groningen
(Bachelor of Laws, Master of Laws)
OccupationPolitician · Civil servant · Jurist · Economist · Businessman · Banker · Corporate director · Nonprofit director · Trade association executive · Political consultant
Military service
Allegiance Netherlands
Branch/serviceRoyal Netherlands Army
Years of service1979–1980 (Conscription)
1980–1985 (Reserve)
Rank Lance corporal

De Grave attended a Gymnasium in Assen from March 1967 until May 1973 and applied at the University of Groningen in July 1973 majoring in Law and obtaining an Bachelor of Laws degree in June 1975 before graduating with an Master of Laws degree in July 1979. De Grave was conscripted in the Royal Netherlands Army serving as a Lance corporal from October 1979 until November 1980. De Grave served as Chairman of the political youth organisation Youth Organisation Freedom and Democracy (JOVD) from June 1978 until March 1980. De Grave worked as a political consultant for the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy from November 1980 until September 1982. De Grave served on the Municipal Council of Amsterdam from April 1982 until September 1982.

De Grave was elected as a Member of the House of Representatives after the election of 1982, taking office on 16 September 1982. In May 1990 De Grave was appointed as an Alderman in Amsterdam, he resigned as a Member of the House of Representatives the same day he was installed as installed as an Alderman, taking office on 8 May 1990. De Grave served as acting Mayor of Amsterdam from 18 January 1994 until 1 June 1994 following the appointment of Ed van Thijn as Minister of the Interior in the Cabinet Lubbers III. De Grave was appointed as State Secretary for Social Affairs and Employment in the Cabinet Kok I following the resignation of Robin Linschoten, taking office on 2 July 1996. After the election of 1998 De Grave returned as a Member of the House of Representatives, taking office on 19 May 1998. Following the cabinet formation of 1998 De Grave was appointment as Minister of Defence 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 De Grave again returned as a Member of the House of Representatives, taking office on 23 May 2002. Following the cabinet formation of 2002 De Grave was not giving a cabinet post in the new cabinet, the Cabinet Kok II was replaced by the Cabinet Balkenende I on 22 July 2002 and he continued to serve in the House of Representatives as a frontbencher and spokesperson for Finances. In March 2004 De Grave was nominated as Chairman of the Board of directors of the Council for Healthcare Supervision of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, he resigned as a Member of the House of Representatives the same day he was installed as Chairman, taking office on 1 April 2004. In January 2006 the Council for Healthcare Supervision was renamed as the Healthcare Authority with De Grave continuing as Chairman of the Board of directors, serving from 1 January 2006 until 31 December 2008.

De Grave semi-retired from national politics and became active in the private sector and public sector and occupied numerous seats as a corporate director and nonprofit director on several boards of directors and supervisory boards (DSB Bank, DSM Company, Natura Artis Magistra, Verwey-Jonker Institute, Heart Foundation and the Public Pension Funds PFZW) and served on several state commissions and councils on behalf of the government (SEO Economic Research and the Social and Economic Council). De Grave also worked as a trade association executive for the Medical Specialists association serving as Chairman from 25 November 2010 until 1 January 2017 and for the Public Libraries association serving as Chairman since 1 November 2010. De Grave was elected as a Member of the Senate after the Senate election of 2011, taking office on 7 June 2011 serving as a frontbencher chairing the parliamentary committee for Finances and spokesperson for Economic Affairs, Privatization and Organ transplantation. In August 2018 De Grave was nominated as Member of the Council of State, he resigned as a Member of the Senate the same day he was installed as a Member of the Council of State, taking office on 3 September 2018.

Decorations


Honours
Ribbon barHonourCountryDateComment
Grand Officer of the Order of Leopold II Belgium 18 February 2000
Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau Netherlands 10 December 2002

References


  1. "Frank de Grave wordt lid Raad van State" (in Dutch). NOS. 10 August 2018. Retrieved 28 October 2018.