Alexander Pechtold

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Alexander Pechtold

Alexander Pechtold (born December 16, 1965) is a former Dutch politician of Democrats 66 (D66). He was party chair from 2002 to 2005, and political leader from 2006 to 2018 (succeeded by Sigrid Kaag).

He was a member of the House of Representatives and also parliamentary leader from 2006 to 2018. Previously he was a minister in the Second Balkenende cabinet, mayor of Wageningen, and an alderman of Leiden.

Pechtold studied art history and archaeology at Leiden University, and worked as an auctioneer before entering into politics. Nowadays he is leading the central office for driving certificates.

Pechtold was born in Delft and grew up in Rhoon. He is non-religious and divorced.

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