Klaas Dijkhoff

Klaas Dijkhoff
Dijkhoff in 2015
Leader of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy in the House of Representatives
Assumed office
26 October 2017
Preceded by Halbe Zijlstra
Parliamentary group People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
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
Assumed office
23 March 2017
In office
17 June 2010  20 March 2015
Parliamentary group People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Personal details
Born Klaas Henricus Dominicus Maria Dijkhoff
(1981-01-13) 13 January 1981
Soltau, West Germany
Nationality Dutch
Political party People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
(since 1998)
Residence Breda, Netherlands
Alma mater Tilburg University (Bachelor of Laws, Master of Laws, Doctor of Law)
Occupation Politician · Jurist · Legal educator · Researcher · Consultant

Klaas Henricus Dominicus Maria Dijkhoff (born 13 January 1981) is a Dutch politician and legal scholar serving as leader of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy in the House of Representatives since 26 October 2017. From 4 October until 26 October 2017 he was Minister of Defence. Previously, he was the State Secretary for Security and Justice.

Dijkhoff a jurist by occupation, was elected as a member of the House of Representatives during the election of 2010. After the resignation of Fred Teeven he was nominated to succeed him and resigned as a member of the House of Representatives the same day he took office as the new State Secretary for Security and Justice in the Second Rutte cabinet on 20 March 2015. After the resignation of Minister of Defence Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert and the Second Rutte cabinet already demissionary Dijkhoff was nominated to serve out the remainder of her term 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.

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 program. 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

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.

On 17 June 2010, he was elected as a Member of Parliament. 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. Then he 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]

He resigned on 20 March 2015, when he became State Secretary for Security and Justice in the Second Rutte cabinet.

Other activities

References

Official
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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