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Klaas Dijkhoff
Leader of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy in the House of Representatives
Incumbent
Assumed office
26 October 2017
Preceded by Halbe Zijlstra
Minister of Defence

In office
4 October 2017 – 26 October 2017
Prime Minister Mark Rutte
Preceded by Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert
Succeeded by Ank Bijleveld
State Secretary for Security and Justice

In office
20 March 2015 – 4 October 2017
Prime Minister Mark Rutte
Preceded by Fred Teeven
Succeeded by Mark Harbers
Member of the House of Representatives
Incumbent
Assumed office
23 March 2017

In office
17 June 2010 – 20 March 2015
Personal details
Born Klaas Henricus Dominicus Maria Dijkhoff
13 January 1981(1981-01-13) (age 40)
Soltau, West Germany
Nationality Dutch
Political party People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy

(since 1998)
Residence Breda
Alma mater Tilburg University (LLM, MPhil, PhD)
Occupation Politician · Jurist · Legal educator · Researcher · Consultant

Klaas Henricus Dominicus Maria Dijkhoff (born 13 January 1981) is a legal scholar serving as leader of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy in the House of Representatives since 26 October 2017. He previously was Minister of Defence (2017) and State Secretary for Security and Justice (2015–2017).

A jurist by occupation, Dijkhoff resides in Breda. He was elected as a member of the House of Representatives during the election of 2010. After the resignation of Fred Teeven, he was appointed to succeed him and resigned as a parliamentarian the same day he took office as State Secretary at the Ministry of Security and Justice in the Second Rutte cabinet on 20 March 2015. After the resignation of Minister of Defence Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, Dijkhoff was nominated to serve out the remainder of her term in the already demissionary Second Rutte cabinet and resigned as State Secretary for Security and Justice on 4 October 2017 and served as Minister of Defence until the Third Rutte cabinet was installed on 26 October 2017.

Dijkhoff is often mentioned by political commentators as a possible successor of Mark Rutte as Prime Minister of the Netherlands. As of 2019, the VVD leads opinion polling and Rutte has not announced his intentions about seeking a fourth term in office.

Early life and education[]

Klaas Henricus Dominicus Maria Dijkhoff was born on 13 January 1981 in the town of Soltau in Germany. He is the son of officer Henricus Marikus Cornelis Dijkhoff and nurse Petronella Dominicus Maria Thijssen.

Dijkhoff went to secondary school in Eindhoven, where he did the gymnasium programme. He then studied Dutch law at the Tilburg University, where he successively obtained an LLM degree in international and European law in 2003,[1][2] an MPhil degree cum laude in 2005,[3][4] and a PhD degree in law of war in 2010 with his dissertation titled Law, War and Technology.[5]

Career[]

Early years[]

While writing his thesis he worked as a legal scholar at Tilburg University and Inholland University of Applied Sciences. He also had his own consultancy firm specialized in legal affairs and IT.

Dijkhoff became a member of the VVD in 1998. He held several positions within the party such as member of the election program committee in 2009–2010 and from 11 March 2010 until 7 February 2013 he was a member as well as VVD fraction leader of the municipal council of Breda.

House of Representatives[]

On 17 June 2010, he was elected as a member of the House of Representatives. In 2013, Dijkhoff got appointed national campaign leader for the municipal council elections of March 2014. He first became the party's spokesperson on development aid. He booked his biggest success in stopping subsidies to development organisations with a chairman earning more than €124,000.00 a year. Later on he became the spokesperson on European affairs. He then was the VVD spokesperson on matters of homeland security, public safety and police affairs.

Dijkhoff successfully managed to pass two motions in the House of Representatives in the battle against Jihad fighters. His motions called upon the cabinet to stop free travel to conflict zones and denationalisation of Jihad fighters.[6][7] In 2013, he successfully passed legislation through parliament making identity fraud a punishable offence.[8]

Second Rutte cabinet[]

Klaas Dijkhoff in 2016

He resigned on 20 March 2015, when he became State Secretary for Security and Justice in the Second Rutte cabinet. His portfolio included Integration, Immigration, Asylum Affairs, Public Prosecution Service, Privacy Policy, Administrative Law, Family Law, Youth Justice, International Law, Prison Administration, Gambling Policy, Copyright Law, Rehabilitation, Prevention, Debt Management and Minority Affairs. On 4 October 2017, he resigned to become Minister of Defence following the resignation of Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert.

Parliamentary leader[]

Dijkhoff was reelected to the House of Representatives in the general election of 2017. When the Third Rutte cabinet was inaugurated on 26 October 2017, he succeeded Rutte as leader of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy in the House of Representatives.

Other activities[]

  • World Economic Forum (WEF), member of the Europe Policy Group (since 2017)[9]

Personal life[]

Dijkhoff lives together with his wife in Breda. In July 2017, their daughter was born. In September 2018, he wrote an open letter to Archsbishop Wim Eijk, explaining that he was leaving the Catholic Church and revoking his membership after Eijk had criticised him in an interview.[10]

References[]

  1. CV of Klaas Dijkhoff, website of the Dutch government.
  2. Keynote Speaker: Klaas Dijkhoff, website of EUROMAT.
  3. "Ook zij deden een master", university newspaper Mare of the Leiden University
  4. Ledenraadpleging Tweede Kamer Verkiezing 2017, website of the VVD.
  5. PhD thesis of Klaas Dijkhoff: War, law and technology, website of the Tilburg University.
  6. "Terrorismebestrijding - Tweede Kamer der Staten-Generaal". tweedekamer.nl. http://tweedekamer.nl/kamerstukken/detail.jsp?id=2013Z10577&did=2013D21852. 
  7. "Terrorismebestrijding - Tweede Kamer der Staten-Generaal". tweedekamer.nl. http://tweedekamer.nl/kamerstukken/detail.jsp?id=2013Z10578&did=2013D21853. 
  8. "Wijziging van het Wetboek van Strafrecht en de Wegenverkeerswet 1994 in verband met de verbetering van de aanpak van fraude met identiteitsbewijzen en wijziging van het Wetboek van Strafvordering, de Beginselenwet justitiële jeugdinrichtingen en de Wet DNA-onderzoek bij veroordeelden in verband met de verbetering van de regeling van de identiteitsvaststelling van verdachten en veroordeelden - Tweede Kamer der Staten-Generaal". tweedekamer.nl. http://tweedekamer.nl/kamerstukken/amendementen/detail.jsp?id=2013Z14237&did=2013D29035. 
  9. Europe Policy Group World Economic Forum.
  10. Bart Zuidervaart (17 September 2018). "Dijkhoff haalt uit naar kardinaal Eijk: 'Monseigneur Eijk, ik schrijf mij uit bij uw kerk. Uit liefde'". Trouw. https://www.trouw.nl/democratie/dijkhoff-haalt-uit-naar-kardinaal-eijk-monseigneur-eijk-ik-schrijf-mij-uit-bij-uw-kerk-uit-liefde-~ac4b5b78/. Retrieved 18 September 2018. 

External links[]

Party political offices
Preceded by
Halbe Zijlstra
Parliamentary leader of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy in the House of Representatives
2017–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Fred Teeven
State Secretary for Security and Justice
2015–2017
Succeeded by
Mark Harbers
Preceded by
Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert
Minister of Defence
2017
Succeeded by
Ank Bijleveld

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