Hans Grosheide

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Hans Grosheide

Johan "Hans" Hendrik Grosheide (born August 6, 1930 in Amsterdam ) is a former Dutch politician of the Anti-Revolutionaire Partij and the Christen-Democratisch Appèl (CDA), who among other things was State Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Justice for several years and between 1974 and 1978 Mayor of Rijswijk .


Studies, professional career and State Secretary

After attending the Gereformeerd Gymnasium in Amsterdam , Grosheide began studying law at the Free University of Amsterdam in 1948 , which he graduated in April 1954. From November 1954 to September 1963 he was vice-secretary of the school council for the Bible schools, where he dealt in particular with teaching at secondary schools . During this time he was also involved in the ARP and was between 1958 and 1963 both a member of its advisory board and secretary of the teaching committee of this party body.

In September 1963, Prime Minister Victor Marijnen appointed him State Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Art and Science in the latter's government , where he was responsible for educational matters until April 1965.

In the government of Prime Minister Jo Cals that followed, he became State Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Science in April 1965 , where he was responsible for primary, secondary and vocational school education, preparatory scientific lessons and physical exercises. He also held this office in the subsequent government of Prime Minister Jelle Zijlstra and in the cabinet of Prime Minister Piet de Jong until July 1971. His uncle Wim Schut , a younger brother of his mother, was Minister for Housing and Regional Planning in the de Jong cabinet.

In the parliamentary elections in April 1971, Grosheide was elected as a candidate for the ARP to be a member of the Second Chamber of the States General , but resigned his mandate in July 1971 after Prime Minister Barend Biesheuvel appointed him State Secretary in the Ministry of Justice in his cabinet . He held this position until the end of Biesheuvel's tenure on May 11, 1973 and was in particular responsible for foreigner affairs, child protection and the prison system.

After leaving the government, Grosheide was appointed commander of the Order of the Dutch Lions on June 8, 1973 .

Mayor and member of the Council of State

Grosheide became mayor of Rijswijk on February 1, 1974 and held this office for four years until July 1, 1978. He was also 1974-1979 chairman of ARP near Abraham Kuyper - Foundation and from March 1976 to December 1977 a member of the editorial staff of published by this foundation magazine Antirevolutionaire civics .

He then returned to the Ministry of Justice in July 1978, where he assumed the post of Director General for Police and Foreigners Affairs until February 1991. Later he was from February 1992 to February 1993 coordinator for European and immigration affairs in the Ministry of Justice and at times also Vice-Secretary General of this ministry.

After leaving the ministerial service on February 1, 1993, he was appointed member of the Council of State ( Raad van State ) for special tasks. He was a member of this constitutional body that advised the Dutch government until September 1, 2000.

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