Joost Eerdmans

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Joost Eerdmans
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Parliamentary leader of Group Eerdmans-Van Schijndel in the House of Representatives
In office
September 25, 2006 – November 30, 2006
Preceded by Position created
Succeeded by Position abolished
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
May 23, 2002 – November 30, 2006
Personal details
Born Bernard Johannes Eerdmans
(1971-01-09) January 9, 1971 (age 44)
Harderwijk, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Political party Livable Rotterdam (since 2013)
Other political
Christian Democratic Appeal
(until 2002)
Pim Fortuyn List (2002-2004)
Independent (2004-2006)
One NL (2006)
Livable Capelle (since 2009)
Residence Capelle aan den IJssel, Netherlands
Alma mater Erasmus University Rotterdam (Master of Public Administration)
Indiana University
(Master of Public Administration)
Occupation Politician
Civil servant
Management consultant
Political consultant
Television presenter
Radio presenter
Contributing editor
Political pundit
Religion Protestant Church in the Netherlands
Website Official site

Bernard Johannes "Joost" Eerdmans (born January 9, 1971) is a Dutch politician.

Personal life[edit]

Eerdmans studied Management Science at the Erasmus Universiteit in Rotterdam. In 1995 he received his masters degree, having undertaken postgraduate studies at the Public administration School for Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana in 1993. Eerdmans married in The Hague on 3 June 2006.

Political career[edit]

After working for some time on projects for the Christen-Democratisch Appèl, Eerdmans worked at the Dutch Ministry of Justice from 1997 until 1999. In 1999 he became secretary to Ivo Opstelten, the mayor of Rotterdam.

Pim Fortuyn List[edit]

In 2002 Eerdmans contacted Pim Fortuyn, who at that time was busy assembling a list of candidates for his new political party, Pim Fortuyn List (LPF). Eerdmans is placed 19th on the list and after the 2002 elections he became a member of the House of Representatives, while his party joined the First Balkenende cabinet.

After the fall of the cabinet, new elections were called. This time the LPF won only 8 seats, but since Eerdmans was second on the list he remained in Parliament. He was removed from the party's parliamentary faction after it was definitively announced that Eerdmans would be on the Eén NL candidate list for the 2006 elections.

One NL[edit]

For the Dutch general election, 2006, Eerdmans split with the LPF to form a new political party called One NL with Marco Pastors of Leefbaar Rotterdam. After the dismal result of One NL in the 2006 elections, Eerdmans left Dutch politics.

Leefbaar Rotterdam[edit]

Eerdmans was elected lijsttrekker of Leefbaar Rotterdam on October 6, 2013.[1] In the local elections of 2014 Leefbaar Rotterdam became the biggest party in Rotterdam, meaning the party would get the chance to lead the formation of a new coalition. The party subsequently formed a coalition with D66 and CDA, in which Eerdmans is an alderman.[2]

Career outside of politics[edit]

Eerdmans has been a television host on the Dutch channel Het Gesprek. He was also one of the hosts of the Dutch program TROS Regelrecht.


  1. ^ (Dutch) Joost Eerdmans lijsttrekker van Leefbaar Rotterdam,, October 6, 2013
  2. ^ (Dutch)college van b en w rotterdam,

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