Leader of the Labour Party (Netherlands)

The Leader of the Labour Party is the most senior politician within the Labour Party (Dutch: Partij van de Arbeid, PvdA) in the Netherlands. The current leader has been Lilianne Ploumen since 18 January 2021.

Labour Party logo
Then incumbent Leader Joop den Uyl and future Leader Wim Kok in the House of Representatives on 3 June 1986.
Future Leader Lilianne Ploumen, former Leaders Wouter Bos, Wim Kok and then incumbent Leader Job Cohen at a party conference on 1 May 2011.
Newly elected Leader Diederik Samsom and former Leader Job Cohen at a party conference on 21 March 2012.

HistoryEdit

The leaders outwardly act as the 'figurehead' and the main representative of the party. Within the party, they must ensure political consensus. At election time the leader is always the lijsttrekker (top candidate) of the party list. Outside election time the leader can serve as the Leader of the Opposition. In the Labour Party the party leader is often the parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives. Some leaders became a minister in the cabinet.

LeadersEdit

Leader Term of office Age as Leader Position(s) as Leader Further position(s) Former
Affiliation
Professional
Background
Lijsttrekker
  Willem Drees
(1886–1988)
9 February 1946 –
22 December 1958
(12 years, 316 days)
[Retired]
59–72 Minister of Social Affairs
(1945–1948)
Deputy Prime Minister
(1945–1948)
Member of the House
of Representatives

(1946) (1948)
(1952) (1956)

Minister of General Affairs
(1948–1958)
Prime Minister
(1948–1958)
Minister of Colonial Affairs
(1951)
Minister of Finance
(1952)
Member of the House
of Representatives

(SDAP)
(1933–1945)
Parliamentary leader in the
House of Representatives
(SDAP)
(1939–1945)
Leader of the Social
Democratic Workers' Party

(1940–1946)
Chairman of the Social
Democratic Workers' Party

(1943–1945)
Minister of State
(1958–1988)
Social Democratic
Workers' Party
Accountant
Civil servant
Historian
Author
1946
1948
1952
1956
  Jaap Burger
(1904–1986)
22 December 1958 –
16 September 1962
(3 years, 268 days)
[Resigned]
54–58 Member of the House
of Representatives

(1945–1962)
Parliamentary leader in the
House of Representatives
(1952–1962)
Minister for Return Policy
(SDAP)
(1943–1944)
Minister of the Interior
(SDAP)
(1944–1945)
Parliamentary leader in the
House of Representatives
(1951)
Member of the Senate
(1963–1970)
Member of the
European Parliament

(1966–1970)
Member of the
Council of State

(1970–1979)
Minister of State
(1975–1986)
Social Democratic
Workers' Party
Lawyer 1959
  Dr.
Anne Vondeling
(1916–1979)
16 September 1962 –
13 September 1966
(3 years, 362 days)
[Resigned]
46–50 Member of the House
of Representatives

(1959–1965)
Parliamentary leader in the
House of Representatives
(1962–1965)
Minister of Finance
(1965–1966)
Deputy Prime Minister
(1965–1966)
Member of the House
of Representatives

(1946–1958) (1967–1979)
Minister of Agriculture,
Fisheries and
Food Supplies

(1958)
Chairman of
the Labour Party

(1969–1971)
Speaker of the House of
Representatives

(1972–1979)
Member of the
European Parliament

(1979)
Free-thinking
Democratic League
Agronomist
Agricultural engineer
Civil servant
Professor
1963
  Joop den Uyl
(1919–1987)
13 September 1966 –
21 July 1986
(19 years, 311 days)
[Retired]
47–66 Member of the House
of Representatives

(1967–1973) (1977)
(1978–1981) (1982–1987)

Parliamentary leader in the
House of Representatives
(1967–1973) (1977)
(1978–1981) (1982–1986)

Minister of General Affairs
(1973–1977)
Prime Minister
(1973–1977)
President of the
European Council

(1976)
President of the Party
of European Socialists

(1980–1987)
Minister of Social Affairs
and Employment

(1981–1982)
Minister for Netherlands
Antilles Affairs

(1981–1982)
Deputy Prime Minister
(1981–1982)
Member of the House
of Representatives

(1956–1963)
Minister of Economic Affairs
(1965–1966)
Anti-Revolutionary
Party
Economist
Civil servant
Journalist
1967
1971
1972
1977
1981
1982
1986
  Wim Kok
(1938–2018)
21 July 1986 –
15 December 2001
(15 years, 147 days)
[Retired]
47–63 Member of the House
of Representatives

(1986–1989) (1994)
(1998)

Parliamentary leader in the
House of Representatives
(1986–1989) (1994)
(1998)

Minister of Finance
(1989–1994)
Deputy Prime Minister
(1989–1994)
Minister of General Affairs
(1994–2002)
Prime Minister
(1994–2002)
President of the
European Council

(1997)
Minister of State
(2003–2018)
President of the
Club of Madrid

(2009–2014)
Trade union leader 1989
1994
1998
  Ad Melkert
(born 1956)
15 December 2001 –
16 May 2002
(155 days)
[Resigned]
45–46 Member of the House
of Representatives

(1998–2002)
Parliamentary leader in the
House of Representatives
(1998–2002)
Member of the House
of Representatives

(1986–1994)
Minister of Social Affairs
and Employment

(1994–1998)
Associate Administrator
of the United Nations
Development Programme

(2006–2009)
Special Representative
of the United Nations
Assistance Mission
for Iraq

(2009–2011)
Member of the
Council of State

(since 2016)
Political Party
of Radicals
Nonprofit director
Activist
2002
Vacant
(16 May 2002 – 12 November 2002)
  Wouter Bos
(born 1963)
12 November 2002 –
25 April 2010
(7 years, 164 days)
[Retired]
39–46 Member of the House
of Representatives

(2002–2007)
Parliamentary leader in the
House of Representatives
(2002–2007)
Minister of Finance
(2007–2010)
Deputy Prime Minister
(2007–2010)
Member of the House
of Representatives

(1998–2000)
State Secretary for
Finance

(2000–2002)
Businessman
Economist
Management consultant
2003
2006
  Dr.
Job Cohen
(born 1947)
25 April 2010 –
20 February 2012
(1 year, 301 days)
[Resigned]
62–64 Member of the House
of Representatives

(2010–2012)
Parliamentary leader in the
House of Representatives
(2010–2012)
State Secretary for
Education and Sciences

(1993–1994)
Member of the Senate
(1995–1998)
Parliamentary leader
in the Senate
(1996–1998)
State Secretary for
Justice

(1998–2001)
Mayor of Amsterdam
(2001–2010)
Jurist
Researcher
Author
Professor
2010
Vacant
(20 February 2012 – 16 March 2012)
  Diederik Samsom
(born 1971)
16 March 2012 –
10 December 2016
(4 years, 269 days)
[Defeated]
40–45 Member of the House
of Representatives

(2003–2016)
Parliamentary leader in the
House of Representatives
(2012–2016)
Nonprofit director
Activist
Environmentalist
Political consultant
2012
  Dr.
Lodewijk Asscher
(born 1974)
10 December 2016 –
14 January 2021
(4 years, 35 days)
[Resigned]
42–46 Minister of Social Affairs
and Employment

(2012–2017)
Deputy Prime Minister
(2012–2017)
Member of the House
of Representatives

(since 2017)
Parliamentary leader in the
House of Representatives
(2017–2012)
Ad interim
Mayor of Amsterdam

(2010)
Jurist
Researcher
Professor
2017
Vacant
(14 January 2021 - 18 January 2021)
  Lilianne Ploumen
(born 1962)
18 January 2021 –
Incumbent
(140 days)
58– Member of the House
of Representatives

(since 2017)
Parliamentary leader in the
House of Representatives
(since 2021)
Chair of the
Labour Party

(2007–2012)
Minister for Foreign Trade
and Development
Cooperation

(2012–2017)
Activist
Social worker
2021
Resigned
Retired
Defeated for re-election

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