Co Verdaas

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Co Verdaas
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State Secretary for Economic Affairs (Netherlands)
In office
5 November 2012 – 6 December 2012
Prime MinisterMark Rutte
Preceded byHenk Bleker
Succeeded bySharon Dijksma
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
30 January 2003 – 29 November 2006
Personal details
Johannes Cornelis Verdaas

(1966-08-05) 5 August 1966 (age 53)
Breda, Netherlands
Political partyLabour Party
ResidenceZwolle, Netherlands
Alma materRadboud University Nijmegen (MA and PhD in urban planning)
Civil servant
Urban planner

Johannes Cornelis "Co" Verdaas (born 5 August 1966 in Breda) is a Dutch politician of the Labour Party (Partij van de Arbeid). He served as State Secretary for the Ministry of Economic Affairs, dealing with agriculture, nature, food quality, tourism and postal affairs in the Cabinet Rutte II from 5 November 2012 [1] until his resignation on 6 December 2012.[2] He previously served as a Member of the House of Representatives from 30 January 2003 until 29 November 2006, and as a member of the Provincial Executive (Gedeputeerde Staten) of the province of Gelderland from 2007 to 2012. Due to doubtful traffic expenses in his capacity of last one, he stepped down as a State Secretary.[3]

Verdaas studied urban planning at Radboud University Nijmegen. Het developed the so-called Ladder of Verdaas, a system for solving traffic problems. Besides he is singer and guitarist in the rock band John-Boy & The Waltons.


  1. ^ (in Dutch) Verdaas, PvdA'er op Landbouw, NOS, November 15, 2012
  2. ^ As State Secretary for Economic Affairs Verdaas was allowed to use the ministerial title Minister of Agriculture while on foreign business.
  3. ^ (in Dutch) Staatssecretaris Verdaas treedt af, NOS, December 6, 2012
Government offices
Preceded by
Henk Bleker
State Secretary for Economic Affairs
Succeeded by
Sharon Dijksma