Arie de Graaf

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Arie de Graaf
De Graaf in 1980
De Graaf in 1980
Member of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands
In office
Member of the municipal council of Arnhem
In office
Personal details
Born (1947-08-04) August 4, 1947 (age 71)
Political partyPartij van de Arbeid
ResidenceBroek op Langendijk
EducationMaster of Laws
Alma materUtrecht University
OccupationPolitician, insurer, biologist, teacher
Nickname(s)Arie de Vraag

Arie de Graaf (born 4 August 1947 in Arnhem) is a Dutch insurer, biologist, teacher, and politician.[1]

De Graaf studied Dutch law at Utrecht University (1972-1977), where he obtained a Master of Laws. He worked for a mutual insurance (1966-1976) and was at the same time member of the municipal council of Arnhem (1970-1976). In 1976 he was elected Member of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands for the Dutch Labour Party. He specialized in corporate law, public finance, and pension funds. De Graaf was opposed to atomic weapons and systematically voted against all related parts of the Dutch defense budget.[1]

De Graaf was nicknamed "Arie de Vraag" because of the large number (357) of written information requests to the government that he posed during his tenure.[2] He left the House of Representatives in 1981 and subsequently studied biology at Wageningen University, where he was a visiting scientist at the laboratory for plant taxonomy. From 1988 he taught at the Inholland University of Applied Sciences ("HEAO Alkmaar" at the time).[1]

The Aroid plant species, Lagenandra dewitii, was described by de Graaf in honour of Hendrik de Wit.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "Mr. A. (Arie) de Graaf". Parlement & Politiek. Parlementair Documentatie Centrum, Leiden University. Retrieved 6 October 2015.
  2. ^ "Uitbundig gebruik van het vragenrecht". Trouw. 2004-09-18.
  3. ^ Crusio W.E. and de Graaf A. (1986). "Lagenandra dewitii Crusio et de Graaf (Araceae), eine neue Art aus Sri Lanka". Aqua Planta. 11: 56–59.