List of Ministers of Social Affairs of the Netherlands

The Minister of Social Affairs and Employment (Dutch: Minister van Sociale Zaken en Werkgelegenheid) is the head of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment and a member of the Cabinet and the Council of Ministers. The current Minister is Wouter Koolmees of the Democrats 66 (D66) who has been in office since 26 October 2017. Regularly a State Secretary is assigned to the Ministry who is tasked with specific portfolios.[1]

Minister of Social Affairs
and Employment
of the Netherlands
Minister van Sociale Zaken
en Werkgelegenheid
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Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment
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Minister of Social Affairs and Employment Wouter Koolmees
Incumbent
Wouter Koolmees

since 26 October 2017; 3 years ago (2017-10-26)
Ministry of Social Affairs
and Employment
StyleHis/Her Excellency
Member ofCouncil of Ministers
AppointerMark Rutte
as Prime Minister
Formation25 September 1918; 102 years ago (1918-09-25)
First holderPiet Aalberse
as Minister of Labour
Salary157,287 (As of 2017)
(including 4,193 of expenses)
WebsiteMinister of Social Affairs and Employment

Several prominent people who served as Minister of Social Affairs are: Carl Romme (Catholic Leader), Dolf Joekes (co-founder of the Labour Party), Gerard Veldkamp (prominent politician), Jan de Koning (prominent politician), Ad Melkert (Labour Leader), Piet Hein Donner (prominent politician), Henk Kamp (prominent politician) and Lodewijk Asscher (Labour Leader) including multiple (future) Prime Ministers: Willem Drees, Louis Beel and Joop den Uyl.

List of Ministers of Social AffairsEdit

Minister of Labour Term of office Party Prime Minister
(Cabinet)
  Piet Aalberse
(1871–1948)
25 September 1918 –
1 January 1923
Roman Catholic
State Party
Charles Ruijs de
Beerenbrouck

(Ruijs de Beerenbrouck III)
[2][3]
Minister of Labour,
Commerce and Industry
Term of office Party Prime Minister
(Cabinet)
  Piet Aalberse
(1871–1948)
1 January 1923 –
4 August 1925
Roman Catholic
State Party
Charles Ruijs de
Beerenbrouck

(Ruijs de Beerenbrouck II)
[3]
  Dr.
Dionysius Koolen
(1871–1945)
4 August 1925 –
8 March 1926
Roman Catholic
State Party
Hendrikus Colijn
(Colijn I)
[4]
  Dr.
Jan Rudolph
Slotemaker de Bruïne

(1869–1941)
8 March 1926 –
10 August 1929
Christian Historical Union Dirk Jan de Geer
(De Geer I)
[5]
  Timotheus Verschuur
(1886–1945)
10 August 1929 –
1 May 1932
Roman Catholic
State Party
Charles Ruijs de
Beerenbrouck

(Ruijs de Beerenbrouck III)
[6]
Minister of Economic
Affairs and Labour
Term of office Party Prime Minister
(Cabinet)
  Timotheus Verschuur
(1886–1945)
1 May 1932 –
8 June 1933
Roman Catholic
State Party
Charles Ruijs de
Beerenbrouck

(Ruijs de Beerenbrouck III)
[6]
Hendrikus Colijn
(Colijn II)
[7]
Minister of Social Affairs Term of office Party Prime Minister
(Cabinet)
  Dr.
Jan Rudolph
Slotemaker de Bruïne

(1869–1941)
8 June 1933 –
31 July 1935
Christian Historical Union Hendrikus Colijn
(Colijn II)
[7]
  Marcus Slingenberg
(1881–1941)
31 July 1935 –
24 June 1937
Free-thinking
Democratic League
Hendrikus Colijn
(Colijn III)
[8]
  Carl Romme
(1896–1980)
24 June 1937 –
25 July 1939
Roman Catholic
State Party
Hendrikus Colijn
(Colijn IV)
[9]
  Dr.
Marinus Damme
(1876–1966)
25 July 1939 –
10 August 1939
Independent
Liberal

(Classical Liberal)
Hendrikus Colijn
(Colijn V)
[10]
  Dr.
Jan van den Tempel
(1877–1955)
10 August 1939 –
23 February 1945
Social Democratic
Workers' Party
Dirk Jan de Geer
(De Geer II)
[11]
Pieter Sjoerds Gerbrandy
(Gerbrandy III)
[12]
  Frans Wijffels
(also Ministers of
Water Management
Feb.Apr.)

(1899–1968)
23 February 1945 –
25 June 1945
Roman Catholic
State Party
Pieter Sjoerds Gerbrandy
(Gerbrandy III)
[13]

List of Ministers of Social AffairsEdit

Minister of Social Affairs Term of office Party Prime Minister
(Cabinet)
  Willem Drees
(1886–1988)
[Deputy]
25 June 1945 –
7 August 1948
Social Democratic
Workers' Party
Willem Schermerhorn
(Schermerhorn–
Drees
)

[14]
Labour Party Louis Beel
(Beel I)
[15]
  Dr.
Dolf Joekes
(1884–1962)
7 August 1948 –
15 September 1951
Labour Party Willem Drees
(Drees–Van Schaik
Drees I)

[16][17]
Minister of Social Affairs
and Health
Term of office Party Prime Minister
(Cabinet)
  Dr.
Dolf Joekes
(1884–1962)
15 September 1951 –
2 September 1952
Labour Party Willem Drees
(Drees I)
[17]
  Ko Suurhoff
(1905–1967)
2 September 1952 –
22 December 1958
Labour Party Willem Drees
(Drees IIIII)
[18][19]
  Dr.
Louis Beel
(Prime Minister)
(1902–1985)
22 December 1958 –
19 May 1959
Catholic
People's Party
Louis Beel
(Beel II)
[20]
  Dr.
Charles van Rooy
(1912–1996)
19 May 1959 –
3 July 1961
[Res]
Catholic
People's Party
Jan de Quay
(De Quay)
[21]
  Victor Marijnen
(1917–1975)
3 July 1961 –
17 July 1961
[Ad Interim] [Minister]
Catholic
People's Party
  Dr.
Gerard Veldkamp
(1921–1990)
17 July 1961 –
5 April 1967
Catholic
People's Party
Victor Marijnen
(Marijnen) [22]
Jo Cals
(Cals) [23]
Jelle Zijlstra
(Zijlstra) [24]
  Bauke Roolvink
(1912–1979)
5 April 1967 –
6 July 1971
Anti-Revolutionary
Party
Piet de Jong
(De Jong)
[25]
Minister of Social Affairs Term of office Party Prime Minister
(Cabinet)
  Jaap Boersma
(1929–2012)
6 July 1971 –
19 December 1977
Anti-Revolutionary
Party
Barend Biesheuvel
(Biesheuvel III)
[26]
Joop den Uyl
(Den Uyl)
[27]
  Dr.
Wil Albeda
(1925–2014)
19 December 1977 –
11 September 1981
Anti-Revolutionary
Party
Dries van Agt
(Van Agt I)
[28]
Christian
Democratic Appeal
Minister of Social Affairs
and Employment
Term of office Party Prime Minister
(Cabinet)
  Joop den Uyl
(1919–1987)
[Deputy]
11 September 1981 –
29 May 1982
[Minister] [Res]
Labour Party Dries van Agt
(Van Agt II)
[29]
  Louw de Graaf
(1930–2020)
29 May 1982 –
4 November 1982
Christian
Democratic Appeal
Dries van Agt
(Van Agt III)
[30]
  Jan de Koning
(1926–1994)
4 November 1982 –
3 February 1987
[Minister] [App]
Christian
Democratic Appeal
Ruud Lubbers
(Lubbers I)
[31]
Ruud Lubbers
(Lubbers II)
[32]
  Louw de Graaf
(1930–2020)
3 February 1987 –
6 May 1987
[Acting]
Christian
Democratic Appeal
  Jan de Koning
(1926–1994)
6 May 1987 –
7 November 1989
[Minister]
Christian
Democratic Appeal
  Dr.
Bert de Vries
(born 1938)
7 November 1989 –
22 August 1994
Christian
Democratic Appeal
Ruud Lubbers
(Lubbers III)
[33]
  Ad Melkert
(born 1956)
22 August 1994 –
3 August 1998
Labour Party Wim Kok
(Kok I)
[34]
  Klaas de Vries
(born 1943)
3 August 1998 –
24 March 2000
[App]
Labour Party Wim Kok
(Kok II)
[35]
  Dr.
Willem Vermeend
(born 1948)
24 March 2000 –
22 July 2002
Labour Party
  Aart Jan de Geus
(born 1955)
22 July 2002 –
22 February 2007
[Minister]
Christian
Democratic Appeal
Jan Peter
Balkenende

(Balkenende IIIIII)
[36][37][38]
  Piet Hein Donner
(born 1948)
22 February 2007 –
14 October 2010
Christian
Democratic Appeal
Jan Peter
Balkenende

(Balkenende IV)
[39]
  Henk Kamp
(born 1952)
14 October 2010 –
5 November 2012
People's Party
for Freedom and
Democracy
Mark Rutte
(Rutte I)
[40]
  Dr.
Lodewijk Asscher
(born 1974)
[Deputy]
5 November 2012 –
26 October 2017
Labour Party Mark Rutte
(Rutte II)
[41]
  Wouter Koolmees
(born 1977)
[Deputy]
26 October 2017 –
Incumbent
Democrats 66 Mark Rutte
(Rutte III)
[42]
Resigned
Acting
Ad Interim
Deputy Prime Minister
Acting Deputy Prime Minister from 1 November 2019 until 14 May 2020
Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries
Minister for Kingdom Relations
Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport from 16 October 2002 until 27 May 2003
Appointed as acting Minister of the Interior
Appointed as Minister of the Interior

Living former Ministers of Social AffairsEdit

Minister of Social Affairs Term Age
Bert de Vries 1989–1994 (1938-03-29) 29 March 1938 (age 83)
Ad Melkert 1994–1998 (1956-02-12) 12 February 1956 (age 65)
Klaas de Vries 1998–2000 (1943-04-28) 28 April 1943 (age 78)
Willem Vermeend 2000–2002 (1948-12-21) 21 December 1948 (age 72)
Aart Jan de Geus 2002–2007 (1955-07-28) 28 July 1955 (age 65)
Piet Hein Donner 2007–2010 (1948-10-20) 20 October 1948 (age 72)
Henk Kamp 2010–2012 (1952-07-23) 23 July 1952 (age 68)
Lodewijk Asscher 2012–2017 (1974-09-27) 27 September 1974 (age 46)

List of State Secretaries for Social AffairsEdit

State Secretary for
Social Affairs
Portfolio(s) Term of office Party Prime Minister
(Cabinet)
  Dr.
Piet Muntendam
(1901–1986)
Primary
Healthcare

Elderly Care
Disability Policy
1 April 1950 –
15 September 1951
Labour Party Willem Drees
(Drees–Van Schaik)
[16][17]
  Dr.
Aat van Rhijn
(1892–1986)
• Social Security
• Unemployment
Occupational
Safety

• Social Services
15 February 1950 –
15 September 1951
Labour Party
State Secretary for
Social Affairs and
Health
Portfolio(s) Term of office Party Prime Minister
(Cabinet)
  Dr.
Piet Muntendam
(1901–1986)
Primary
Healthcare

Elderly Care
Disability Policy
15 September 1951 –
1 October 1953
[Res]
Labour Party Willem Drees
(Drees III)
[17][18]
  Dr.
Aat van Rhijn
(1892–1986)
• Social Security
• Unemployment
Occupational
Safety

• Social Services
15 September 1951 –
22 December 1958
Labour Party Willem Drees
(Drees IIIIII)
[17][18][19]
Vacant
  Bauke Roolvink
(1912–1979)
• Social Security
• Unemployment
Occupational
Safety

• Social Services
15 June 1959 –
24 July 1963
Anti-Revolutionary
Party
Jan de Quay
(De Quay)
[21]
  Dr.
Louis Bartels
(1915–2002)
Primary
Healthcare

Elderly Care
Disability Policy
Medical Ethics
3 September 1963 –
5 April 1967
Catholic
People's Party
Victor Marijnen
(Marijnen)
[22]
Jo Cals
(Cals)
[23]
Jelle Zijlstra
(Zijlstra)
[24]
  Dr.
José de Meijer
(1915–2000)
Occupational
Safety

Public
Organisations
15 November 1963 –
5 April 1967
Catholic
People's Party
Victor Marijnen
(Marijnen)
[22]
Jo Cals
(Cals)
[23]
Jelle Zijlstra
(Zijlstra)
[24]
  Dr.
Roelof Kruisinga
(1922–2012)
Primary
Healthcare

Elderly Care
Disability Policy
Medical Ethics
18 April 1967 –
6 July 1971
Christian
Historical Union
Piet de Jong
(De Jong)
[25]
State Secretary for
Social Affairs
Portfolio(s) Term of office Party Prime Minister
(Cabinet)
  Koos Rietkerk
(1927–1986)
• Social Security
• Unemployment
Occupational
Safety
28 July 1971 –
23 April 1973
[Res]
People's Party
for Freedom and
Democracy
Barend Biesheuvel
(Biesheuvel III)
[26]
  Jan Mertens
(1916–2000)
• Social Security
Occupational
Safety
11 May 1973 –
19 December 1977
Catholic
People's Party
Joop den Uyl
(Den Uyl)
[27]
  Louw de Graaf
(1930–2020)
• Social Security
Occupational
Safety
28 December 1977 –
11 September 1981
Anti-Revolutionary
Party
Dries van Agt
(Van Agt I)
[28]
Christian
Democratic Appeal
State Secretary for
Social Affairs and
Employment
Portfolio(s) Term of office Party Prime Minister
(Cabinet)
  Ien Dales
(1931–1994)
• Social Security
• Unemployment
Elderly Care
Disability Policy
11 September 1981 –
29 May 1982
[Res]
Labour Party Dries van Agt
(Van Agt II)
[29]
  Hedy d'Ancona
(born 1937)
Occupational
Safety

Adult
Education

Equality
Emancipation
11 September 1981 –
29 May 1982
[Res]
Labour Party
  Piet van Zeil
(1927–2012)
Occupational
Safety

Elderly Care
Disability Policy
12 June 1982 –
4 November 1982
[State Secretary]
Christian
Democratic Appeal
Dries van Agt
(Van Agt III)
[30]
  Louw de Graaf
(1930–2020)
• Social Security
• Unemployment
Occupational
Safety
5 November 1982 –
3 February 1987
[App]
Christian
Democratic Appeal
Ruud Lubbers
(Lubbers III)
[31][32]
6 May 1987 –
1 October 1989
[Res]
  Annelien Kappeyne
van de Coppello

(1936–1990)
Disability Policy
Family Policy
Equality
Emancipation
8 November 1982 –
14 July 1986
People's Party
for Freedom and
Democracy
Ruud Lubbers
(Lubbers I)
[31]
  Elske ter Veld
(1944–2017)
• Social Services
Equality
Emancipation
7 November 1989 –
4 June 1993
[Res]
Labour Party Ruud Lubbers
(Lubbers III)
[33]
  Jacques Wallage
(born 1946)
9 June 1993 –
22 August 1994
Labour Party
  Robin Linschoten
(born 1956)
• Social Security
• Unemployment
Occupational
Safety
22 August 1994 –
28 June 1998
[Res]
People's Party
for Freedom and
Democracy
Wim Kok
(Kok I)
[34]
  Frank de Grave
(born 1955)
2 July 1996 –
3 August 1998
People's Party
for Freedom and
Democracy
  Hans Hoogervorst
(born 1956)
• Social Security
Occupational
Safety

• Social Services
3 August 1998 –
22 July 2002
People's Party
for Freedom and
Democracy
Wim Kok
(Kok II)
[35]
  Annelies Verstand
(born 1949)
• Unemployment
Equality
Emancipation
3 August 1998 –
22 July 2002
Democrats 66
  Mark Rutte
(born 1967)
• Social Security
• Unemployment
Occupational
Safety

• Social Services
22 July 2002 –
17 June 2004
[App]
People's Party
for Freedom and
Democracy
Jan Peter
Balkenende

(Balkenende I)
[36]
Jan Peter
Balkenende

(Balkenende II)
[37]
  Henk van Hoof
(born 1947)
17 June 2004 –
22 February 2007
People's Party
for Freedom and
Democracy
Jan Peter
Balkenende

(Balkenende III)
[38]
  Philomena Bijlhout
(born 1957)
Family Policy
Equality
Emancipation
22 July 2002 –
24 July 2002
[Res]
Pim Fortuyn List Jan Peter
Balkenende

(Balkenende I)
[36]
  Khee Liang Phoa
(born 1955)
9 September 2002 –
27 May 2003
Pim Fortuyn List
  Ahmed Aboutaleb
(born 1961)
• Social Security
• Unemployment
Occupational
Safety

• Social Services
22 February 2007 –
18 December 2008
[App]
Labour Party Jan Peter
Balkenende

(Balkenende IV)
[39]
  Jetta Klijnsma
(born 1957)
18 December 2008 –
23 February 2010
[Res]
Labour Party
  Paul de Krom
(born 1963)
• Social Security
• Unemployment
Occupational
Safety

• Social Services
14 October 2010 –
5 November 2012
People's Party
for Freedom and
Democracy
Mark Rutte
(Rutte I)
[41]
  Jetta Klijnsma
(born 1957)
• Social Security
• Unemployment
Occupational
Safety

• Social Services
Equality
Emancipation
5 November 2012 –
26 October 2017
Labour Party Mark Rutte
(Rutte II)
[41]
  Tamara van Ark
(born 1974)
• Social Security
• Unemployment
Occupational
Safety

• Social Services
Youth Care
Equality
Emancipation
26 October 2017 –
9 July 2020
[App]
People's Party
for Freedom and
Democracy
Mark Rutte
(Rutte III)
[42]
  Bas van 't Wout
(born 1979)
9 July 2020 –
20 January 2021
[App]
People's Party
for Freedom and
Democracy
Resigned
Appointed as State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science
Appointed as Mayor of Rotterdam
Appointed as Minister without Portfolio for Health, Welfare and Sport
Appointed as Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy
State Secretary for Economic Affairs

Living former State Secretaries for Social AffairsEdit

State Secretary for
Social Affairs
Term Age
Hedy d'Ancona 1981–1982 (1937-10-01) 1 October 1937 (age 83)
Jacques Wallage 1993–1994 (1946-09-27) 27 September 1946 (age 74)
Robin Linschoten 1994–1996 (1956-10-17) 17 October 1956 (age 64)
Frank de Grave 1996–1998 (1955-06-27) 27 June 1955 (age 65)
Hans Hoogervorst 1998–2002 (1956-04-19) 19 April 1956 (age 65)
Annelies Verstand 1998–2002 (1949-10-08) 8 October 1949 (age 71)
Mark Rutte 2002–2004 (1967-02-14) 14 February 1967 (age 54)
Philomena Bijlhout 2002 (1957-11-13) 13 November 1957 (age 63)
Khee Liang Phoa 2002–2003 (1955-05-03) 3 May 1955 (age 66)
Henk van Hoof 2004–2007 (1947-11-09) 9 November 1947 (age 73)
Ahmed Aboutaleb 2007–2008 (1961-08-29) 29 August 1961 (age 59)
Jetta Klijnsma 2008–2010
2012–2017
(1957-03-18) 18 March 1957 (age 64)
Paul de Krom 2010–2012 (1963-02-10) 10 February 1963 (age 58)
Tamara van Ark 2017–2020 (1974-08-11) 11 August 1974 (age 46)
Bas van 't Wout 2020–2021 (1979-04-22) 22 April 1979 (age 42)

See alsoEdit

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