Currently alive, at 61 years of age.
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1956 – Balkenende was born on the 7th of May in Kapelle.
1976 – Studied law and history at the Free University of Amsterdam.
1986 – Worked as a staff of the research institute of the political party Christen Democratisch Appel (CDA).
1988 – He was elected city councilor in Amstelveen.
1998 – On the 19th of May, Balkenende first entered the Tweede Kamer (lower house) of the Netherlands Parliament.
2001 – He was elected chairman of the parliamentary CDA party.
2002 – Queen Beatrix asked Balkenende to form a new government and it was later known as Balkenende I.
– Balkenende became the Prime Minister of the Netherlands and assumed office on the 22th of July.
2006 – Offered his resignation as Prime Minister after his lost in the Dutch parliament.