Party affiliation: Christian Social Party
Member and militant supporter since its foundation, Christelijke Volkspartij (Christian People's Party) party, since 1945. Local councillor, Kerksken, 1952-1964. Alderman, Kerksken, 1964-1976.
Provincial Senator, East Flanders, 1974-1980. Senator (succession), 1980-1988. Senator (directly elected), since 1981.
Parliamentary Under Secretary, PTT (Post, Telegraph and Telephones), 1981-1988. Minister of Public Works, 1988-1989. Royal Commissioner for Migrant Policy since 1989.
Member Catholic Workers Wives (KAV), 1947-1948. Social assistant, NMBS, Aalst-Oudenaarde, 1948-1974.