Herman Tjeenk Willink

Herman Tjeenk Willink
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Herman Tjeenk Willink in 1985
Vice-President of the Council of State
In office
1 July 1997 – 1 February 2012
Preceded byWillem Scholten
Succeeded byPiet Hein Donner
President of the Senate
In office
11 June 1991 – 11 March 1997
Preceded byPiet Steenkamp
Succeeded byFrits Korthals Altes
Member of the Senate
In office
23 June 1987 – 11 March 1997
Parliamentary groupLabour Party
Personal details
Herman Diederik Tjeenk Willink

(1942-01-23) 23 January 1942 (age 77)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Political partyLabour Party (from 1966)
ResidenceThe Hague, Netherlands
Alma materLeiden University
(Bachelor of Laws, Master of Laws)
OccupationPolitician · Civil servant · Jurist · Judge · Researcher · Businessman · Corporate director · Nonprofit director · Professor

Herman Diederik Tjeenk Willink (born 23 January 1942) is a retired Dutch politician of the Labour Party (PvdA) and jurist. He was granted the honorary title of Minister of State on 21 December 2012.

Tjeenk Willink served as a Member of the Senate from 23 June 1987 until 11 March 1997 and served as President of the Senate from 11 June 1991 until 11 March 1997. He resigned both positions when he was selected as the Vice-President of the Council of State taking office on 1 July 1997 and therefore the most important advisor to Queen Beatrix during that time.


Ribbon bar Honour Country Date Comment
NLD Order of Orange-Nassau - Knight Grand Cross BAR.png Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Orange-Nassau Netherlands 1 February 2012 Elevated from Knight (15 March 1997)
Order of Orange ribbon.gif Honorary Medal for Initiative and Ingenuity
of the Order of the House of Orange
Netherlands 9 December 2014 [1]
Honorific Titles
Ribbon bar Honour Country Date Comment
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Minister of State Netherlands 21 December 2012 Style of Excellency [2]

Honorary degrees

Honorary degrees
University Field Country Date Comment
Erasmus University Rotterdam Social science Netherlands 1997
University of Amsterdam Political science Netherlands 2007


  1. ^ Koninklijk Huis verleent Tjeenk Willink eretitel - website nu.nl
  2. ^ (in Dutch) Benoeming ministers van Staat, Rijksoverheid, December 21, 2012

External links

Political offices
Preceded by
Piet Steenkamp
President of the Senate
Succeeded by
Frits Korthals Altes
Preceded by
Willem Scholten
Vice-President of the
Council of State

Succeeded by
Piet Hein Donner

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