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Haya van Someren

Haya van Someren

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Haya van Someren in 1963
Deputy Leader of the People's Party
for Freedom and Democracy
In office
3 June 1976 – 12 November 1980
LeaderHans Wiegel
Preceded byHarm van Riel
Succeeded byRudolf de Korte (1986)
Parliamentary leader in the Senate
In office
3 June 1976 – 12 November 1980
Preceded byHarm van Riel
Succeeded byGuus Zoutendijk
Parliamentary groupPeople's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Member of the Senate
In office
17 September 1974 – 12 November 1980
Parliamentary groupPeople's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Chairwoman of the People's Party
for Freedom and Democracy
In office
29 March 1969 – 15 March 1975
Leader
Preceded byKornelis van der Pols
Succeeded byFrits Korthals Altes
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
20 March 1959 – 1 October 1968
Parliamentary groupPeople's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Personal details
Born
Gerarda Victoria Downer

(1926-07-05)5 July 1926
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died12 November 1980(1980-11-12) (aged 54)
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Cause of deathCancer
NationalityDutch
Political partyPeople's Party for
Freedom and Democracy

(from 1948)
Spouse(s)
Jan van Someren
(m. 1954; her death 1980)
Children1 son
Alma materUniversity of Amsterdam
(Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Social Science)
OccupationPolitician · Journalist · Political editor

Haya Victoria van Someren-Downer (born Gerarda Victoria Downer; 5 July 1926 – 12 November 1980) was a Dutch politician of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD).

She was a Member of the House of Representatives from 20 March 1959 until 1 October 1968. She was the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy party chair from 29 March 1969 until 15 March 1975. She became a Member of the Senate on 17 September 1974 and on 5 June 1976 she succeeded Harm van Riel as the Parliamentary leader of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy in the Senate after he retired. She died on 12 November 1980 from cancer at the age of 54.[1][2]

Decorations

Honours
Ribbon bar Honour Country Date Comment
NLD Order of the Dutch Lion - Knight BAR.png Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion Netherlands 10 December 1968

References

  1. ^ (in Dutch) Haya van Someren (1926-1980), Absolutefacts.nl, May 25, 2005
  2. ^ (in Dutch) DOWNER, Gerarda Victoria (1926-1980), Historici.nl, February 10, 2012

External links

Official
Party political offices
Preceded by
Kornelis van der Pols
Chairwoman of the People's Party
for Freedom and Democracy

1969–1975
Succeeded by
Frits Korthals Altes
Preceded by
Harm van Riel
Parliamentary leader of the
People's Party for Freedom and Democracy
in the Senate

1976–1980
Succeeded by
Guus Zoutendijk