President of the Senate (Netherlands)

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President of the Senate
Voorzitter van de Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal
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Coat of arms of the Senate
Ankie Broekers-Knol Senate of Poland.jpg
Ankie Broekers-Knol

since 2 July 2013 (2013-07-02)
Constituting instrument Constitution of the Netherlands
Formation 21 September 1815 (1815-09-21)
First holder Charles Thiennes de Lombise[1]
Azure, billetty Or a lion with a coronet Or armed and langued Gules holding in his dexter paw a sword Argent hilted Or and in the sinister paw seven arrows Argent pointed and bound together Or. [The seven arrows stand for the seven provinces of the Union of Utrecht.] The shield is crowned with the (Dutch) royal crown and supported by two lions Or armed and langued gules. They stand on a scroll Azure with the text (Or) "Je Maintiendrai" (French for "I will maintain".)
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The President of the Senate (Dutch: Voorzitter van de Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal) is one of the 75 members of the Senate of the Netherlands and is elected to lead its meetings and be its representative. The officeholder also chairs the Internal Committee (Huishoudelijke Commissie), the Committee of Senior Members (College van Senioren) as well as the joint sessions of both houses of the States General, the so-called Verenigde Vergadering.[2]

The office has been held by Ankie Broekers-Knol of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) since 2 July 2013.

See also


  1. ^ "Ch.I.Ph. graaf de Thiennes de Lombise". Senate (in Dutch). Retrieved 16 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Rules of Procedure of the Senate of the States General" (PDF). Senate. 15 March 2015. Retrieved 16 January 2016.

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