Barbara Visser

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Barbara Visser
Barbara Visser 2012 (1).jpg
Visser in 2012
Minister of Infrastructure and
Water Management
In office
31 August 2021 – 10 January 2022
Prime MinisterMark Rutte
Preceded byCora van Nieuwenhuizen
Succeeded byMark Harbers
State Secretary for Defence
In office
26 October 2017 – 31 August 2021
Prime MinisterMark Rutte
Preceded byJack de Vries
Succeeded byChristophe van der Maat (2022)
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
20 September 2012 – 26 October 2017
Alderman of Zaanstad
In office
27 April 2010 – 20 September 2012
Personal details
Barbara Visser

(1977-08-16) 16 August 1977 (age 44)
Šibenik, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
CitizenshipKingdom of the Netherlands
Republic of Croatia[1]
Political partyPeople's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Residence(s)Zaandam, Netherlands
Alma materFree University Amsterdam
  • Politician
  • Civil servant
  • Management consultant

Barbara Visser (born 16 August 1977) is a Croatian-Dutch politician of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD). From 31 August 2021 to 10 January 2022, she served as Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management of the Netherlands in the third Rutte cabinet.[2] She previously served as State Secretary for Defence from 26 October 2017 to 31 August 2021.


Visser began her political career in 2006 as a member of the municipal council of Zaanstad. In 2010, she vacated her seat to become an alderman. Her portfolio included economic affairs, tourism, employment and social integration.[3]

She was elected into the Dutch House of Representatives in the 2012 general election. Visser left the House of Representatives on 26 October 2017, when she was appointed State Secretary for Defence in the third Rutte cabinet.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Visser was born in Šibenik in the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (present-day Croatia) into a mixed Croatian-Dutch family. She currently lives in Zaandam, North Holland.[4]


  1. ^ Aa, Edwin van der; Keultjes, Hanneke (2 November 2017). "Rutte: Ik mag niemand weigeren om dubbel paspoort". Algemeen Dagblad (in Dutch). Retrieved 12 September 2021.
  2. ^ "Barbara Visser (VVD) moet problemen op Defensie gaan oplossen" (in Dutch). NOS. 24 October 2017. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Drs. B. (Barbara) Visser". (in Dutch). Retrieved 12 September 2021.
  4. ^ Groenendijk, Virginia (2 December 2020). "Zaanse staatssecretaris van Defensie, Barbara Visser, niet meer op de kieslijst VVD". Noordhollands Dagblad (in Dutch). Retrieved 12 September 2021.

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Political offices
Preceded by State Secretary for Defence
Succeeded by
Preceded by Minister of Infrastructure
and Water Management