Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands

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Deputy Prime Minister of the
Netherlands
Viceminister-president van Nederland
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Lodewijk Asscher
Incumbent
Lodewijk Asscher

since 5 November 2012
Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment
Style His Excellency
Member of Council of Ministers
Appointer Mark Rutte
as Prime Minister of the Netherlands
Formation 24 June 1945; 70 years ago (1945-06-24)
First holder Willem Drees
Salary €144,000 (including €7,887.24 expenses)
Website Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands
Azure, billetty Or a lion with a coronet Or armed and langued Gules holding in his dexter paw a sword Argent hilted Or and in the sinister paw seven arrows Argent pointed and bound together Or. [The seven arrows stand for the seven provinces of the Union of Utrecht.] The shield is crowned with the (Dutch) royal crown and supported by two lions Or armed and langued gules. They stand on a scroll Azure with the text (Or) "Je Maintiendrai" (French for "I will maintain".)
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The Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands is the official Deputy of the Head of Government of the Netherlands. In the absence of the Prime Minister of the Netherlands the Deputy Prime Minister takes over his functions, such as chairing the Cabinet of the Netherlands and the Council of Ministers of the Netherlands. Conventionally, all of the junior partners in the coalition get one deputy. They are ranked according to the size of their respective parties. Incumbent Lodewijk Asscher is the sixth Deputy Prime Minister of the Labour Party.

List of Deputy Prime Ministers of the Netherlands[edit]

Deputy Prime Minister Position Term of office Party Prime Minister
(Cabinet)
Willem Drees Willem Drees
(1886–1988)
Minister of Social Affairs 24 June 1945 –
7 August 1948
Social Democratic
Workers' Party

(1945–1946)
Labour Party
(1946–1948)
Wim Schermerhorn
(Schermerhorn-Drees)
Louis Beel
(Beel I)
Josef van Schaik Josef van Schaik
(1882–1962)
Minister without Portfolio
Minister of Transport, Public Works and Water Management
Minister of the Interior
7 August 1948 –
15 March 1951
Catholic People's Party Willem Drees
(Drees-Van Schaik)
Frans Teulings Frans Teulings
(1891–1966)
Minister without Portfolio
Minister of the Interior
15 March 1951 –
2 September 1952
Catholic People's Party Willem Drees
(Drees I)
Louis Beel Louis Beel
(1902–1977)
[Res]
Minister of the Interior
Minister of Social Work
Minister of Education, Arts and Science
Minister of Justice
Minister of Colonial Affairs
2 September 1952 –
7 October 1956
Catholic People's Party Willem Drees
(Drees II)
Teun Struycken Teun Struycken
(1906–1977)
Minister of the Interior
(Drees III and Beel II)
Minister of Justice
(Beel II)
13 October 1956 –
19 May 1959
Catholic People's Party Willem Drees
(Drees III)
Louis Beel
(Beel II)
Henk Korthals Henk Korthals
(1911–1976)
Minister of Transport, Public Works and Water Management 19 May 1959 –
24 July 1963
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Jan de Quay
(De Quay)
Barend Biesheuvel Barend Biesheuvel
(1920–2001)
Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries
Minister for Suriname and Netherlands Antilles Affairs
24 July 1963 –
14 April 1965
Anti-Revolutionary Party Victor Marijnen
(Marijnen)
Anne Vondeling
Barend Biesheuvel
(1) Anne Vondeling
(1916–1979)
(2) Barend Biesheuvel
(1920–2001)
Minister of Finance (Vondeling)
Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries
Minister for Suriname and Netherlands Antilles Affairs (Biesheuvel)
14 April 1965 –
22 November 1966
Labour Party
(Vondeling)
Anti-Revolutionary Party
(Biesheuvel)
Jo Cals
(Cals)
Jan de Quay
Barend Biesheuvel
(1) Jan de Quay
(1901–1985)
(2) Barend Biesheuvel
(1920–2001)
Minister of Transport, Public Works and Water Management (De Quay)
Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries
Minister for Suriname and Netherlands Antilles Affairs (Biesheuvel)
22 November 1966 –
5 April 1967
Catholic People's Party
(Vondeling)
Anti-Revolutionary Party
(Biesheuvel)
Jelle Zijlstra
(Zijlstra)
Johan Witteveen
Joop Bakker
(1) Johan Witteveen
(born 1921)
(2) Joop Bakker
(1921–2003)
Minister of Finance (Witteveen)
Minister of Transport, Public Works and Water Management (Bakker)
5 April 1967 –
6 July 1971
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy

(Witteveen)
Anti-Revolutionary Party
(Bakker)
Piet de Jong
(De Jong)
Roelof Nelissen
Molly Geertsema
(1) Roelof Nelissen
(born 1931)
(2) Molly Geertsema
(1918–1991)
Minister of Finance (Nelissen)
Minister of the Interior (Geertsema)
6 July 1971 –
11 May 1973
Catholic People's Party
(Nelissen)
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy

(Geertsema)
Barend Biesheuvel
(Biesheuvel III)
Dries van Agt Dries van Agt
(born 1931)
[Res]
Minister of Justice 11 May 1973 –
8 September 1977
Catholic People's Party Joop den Uyl
(Den Uyl)
Wilhelm Friedrich de Gaay Fortman Wilhelm Friedrich
de Gaay Fortman

(1911–1997)
Minister of the Interior
Minister of Justice
8 September 1977 –
19 December 1977
Anti-Revolutionary Party
Hans Wiegel Hans Wiegel
(born 1941)
Minister of the Interior 19 December 1977 –
11 September 1981
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Dries van Agt
(Van Agt I)
Joop den Uyl
Jan Terlouw
(1) Joop den Uyl
(1919–1987)
[Res]
(2) Jan Terlouw
(born 1931)
Minister of Social Affairs and Employment
Minister for Suriname and Netherlands Antilles Affairs (Den Uyl)
Minister of Economic Affairs (Terlouw)
11 September 1981 –
29 May 1982
Labour Party
(Den Uyl)
Democrats 66
(Terlouw)
Dries van Agt
(Van Agt II)
Jan Terlouw Jan Terlouw
(born 1931)
Minister of Economic Affairs 29 May 1982 –
4 November 1982
Democrats 66 Dries van Agt
(Van Agt III)
Gijs van Aardenne Gijs van Aardenne
(1930–1995)
Minister of Economic Affairs 4 November 1982 –
14 July 1986
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Ruud Lubbers
(Lubbers I)
Rudolf de Korte Rudolf de Korte
(born 1936)
Minister of Economic Affairs 14 July 1986 –
7 November 1989
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Ruud Lubbers
(Lubbers II)
Wim Kok Wim Kok
(born 1938)
Minister of Finance 7 November 1989 –
22 August 1994
Labour Party Ruud Lubbers
(Lubbers III)
Hans Dijkstal
Hans van Mierlo
(1) Hans Dijkstal
(1943–2010)
(2) Hans van Mierlo
(1931–2010)
Minister of the Interior
(Dijkstal)
Minister of Foreign Affairs
(Van Mierlo)
22 August 1994 –
3 August 1998
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy

(Dijkstal)
Democrats 66
(Van Mierlo)
Wim Kok
(Kok I)
Annemarie Jorritsma
Els Borst
(1) Annemarie Jorritsma
(born 1950)
(2) Els Borst
(1932–2014)
Minister of Economic Affairs
(Jorritsma)
Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport
(Borst)
3 August 1998 –
22 July 2002
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy

(Jorritsma)
Democrats 66
(Borst)
Wim Kok
(Kok II)
Eduard Bomhoff
Johan Remkes
(1) Eduard Bomhoff
(born 1944)
[Res]
(2) Johan Remkes
(born 1951)
Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport
(Bomhoff)
Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations
(Remkes)
22 July 2002 –
16 October 2002
Pim Fortuyn List
(Bomhoff)
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy

(Remkes)
Jan Peter Balkenende
(Balkenende I)
Johan Remkes Johan Remkes
(born 1951)
Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations 16 October 2002 –
22 October 2002
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Johan Remkes
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(1) Johan Remkes
(born 1951)
(2) Roelf de Boer
(born 1949)
Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations
(Remkes)
Minister of Transport, Public Works and Water Management
(De Boer)
18 October 2002 –
27 May 2003
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy

(Remkes)
Pim Fortuyn List
(De Boer)
Gerrit Zalm
Thom de Graaf
(1) Gerrit Zalm
(born 1952)
(2) Thom de Graaf
(born 1957)
[Res]
Minister of Finance
(Zalm)
Minister for Government Reform and Kingdom Relations
(De Graaf)
27 May 2003 –
23 March 2005
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy

(Zalm)
Democrats 66
(De Graaf)
Jan Peter Balkenende
(Balkenende II)
Gerrit Zalm Gerrit Zalm
(born 1952)
Minister of Finance 23 March 2005 –
31 March 2005
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Gerrit Zalm
Laurens Jan Brinkhorst
(1) Gerrit Zalm
(born 1952)
(2) Laurens Jan Brinkhorst
(born 1937)
[Res]
Minister of Finance
(Zalm)
Minister of Economic Affairs
(Brinkhorst)
31 March 2005 –
3 July 2006
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy

(Zalm)
Democrats 66
(Brinkhorst)
Gerrit Zalm Gerrit Zalm
(born 1952)
Minister of Finance 3 July 2006 –
22 February 2007
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Jan Peter Balkenende
(Balkenende III)
Wouter Bos
André Rouvoet
(1) Wouter Bos
(born 1963)
[Res]
(2) André Rouvoet
(born 1962)
Minister of Finance
(Bos)
Minister for Youth and Family
(Rouvoet)
22 February 2007 –
23 February 2010
Labour Party
(Bos)
ChristianUnion
(Rouvoet)
Jan Peter Balkenende
(Balkenende IV)
André Rouvoet André Rouvoet
(born 1962)
Minister for Youth and Family
Minister of Education, Culture and Science
23 February 2010 –
14 October 2010
ChristianUnion
Maxime Verhagen Maxime Verhagen
(born 1956)
Minister of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation 14 October 2010 –
5 November 2012
Christian Democratic Appeal Mark Rutte
(Rutte I)
Lodewijk Asscher Lodewijk Asscher
(born 1974)
Minister of Social Affairs and Employment 5 November 2012 –
Incumbent
Labour Party Mark Rutte
(Rutte II)
Res Resigned.

Living Deputy Prime Ministers of the Netherlands[edit]

Deputy Prime Minister Term Age
Johan Witteveen 1967–1971 (1921-06-12) 12 June 1921 (age 94)
Roelof Nelissen 1971–1973 (1931-04-04) 4 April 1931 (age 84)
Dries van Agt 1973–1977 (1931-02-02) 2 February 1931 (age 84)
Hans Wiegel 1977–1981 (1941-07-16) 16 July 1941 (age 73)
Jan Terlouw 1981–1982 (1931-11-15) 15 November 1931 (age 83)
Rudolf de Korte 1986–1989 (1936-07-08) 8 July 1936 (age 78)
Wim Kok 1989–1994 (1938-09-29) 29 September 1938 (age 76)
Annemarie Jorritsma 1998–2002 (1950-06-01) 1 June 1950 (age 65)
Eduard Bomhoff 2002 (1944-09-30) 30 September 1944 (age 70)
Johan Remkes 2002-2003 (1951-06-15) 15 June 1951 (age 64)
Roelf de Boer 2002–2003 (1949-10-09) 9 October 1949 (age 65)
Gerrit Zalm 2003–2007 (1952-05-06) 6 May 1952 (age 63)
Thom de Graaf 2003–2005 (1957-06-11) 11 June 1957 (age 58)
Laurens Jan Brinkhorst 2005–2006 (1937-03-18) 18 March 1937 (age 78)
Wouter Bos 2007–2010 (1963-07-14) 14 July 1963 (age 51)
André Rouvoet 2007–2010 (1962-01-04) 4 January 1962 (age 53)
Maxime Verhagen 2010–2012 (1956-09-14) 14 September 1956 (age 58)
Lodewijk Asscher 2012– (1974-09-27) 27 September 1974 (age 40)

Deputy Prime Ministers of the Netherlands by term length[edit]

Ranking Deputy Prime Minister Political Party Term Duration
1st Wim Kok Labour Party 1989–1994 4 years, 288 days
2nd Dries van Agt Catholic People's Party 1973–1977 4 years, 120 days
3rd Johan Witteveen People's Party for Freedom and Democracy 1967–1971 4 years, 92 days
Joop Bakker Anti-Revolutionary Party 1967–1971 4 years, 92 days
4th Henk Korthals People's Party for Freedom and Democracy 1959–1963 4 years, 66 days
5th Louis Beel Catholic People's Party 1952–1956 4 years, 41 days
6th Annemarie Jorritsma People's Party for Freedom and Democracy 1998–2002 3 years, 353 days
Els Borst Democrats 66 1998–2002 3 years, 353 days
7th Hans Dijkstal People's Party for Freedom and Democracy 1994–1998 3 years, 346 days
Hans van Mierlo Democrats 66 1994–1998 3 years, 346 days
8th Gerrit Zalm People's Party for Freedom and Democracy 2003–2007 3 years, 271 days
9th Hans Wiegel People's Party for Freedom and Democracy 1977–1981 3 years, 266 days
10th Barend Biesheuvel Anti-Revolutionary Party 1963–1967 3 years, 255 days
11th Gijs van Aardenne People's Party for Freedom and Democracy 1982–1986 3 years, 252 days
12th André Rouvoet ChristianUnion 2007–2010 3 years, 234 days
13th Rudolf de Korte People's Party for Freedom and Democracy 1986–1989 3 years, 116 days
14th Willem Drees Social Democratic Workers' Party (1945–1946)
Labour Party (1946–1948)
1945–1948 3 years, 44 days
15th Wouter Bos Labour Party 2007–2010 3 years, 1 day
16th Josef van Schaik Catholic People's Party 1948–1951 2 years, 220 days
17th Teun Struycken Catholic People's Party 1956–1959 2 years, 218 days
18th Lodewijk Asscher Labour Party 2012– 2 years, 240 days
19th Maxime Verhagen Christian Democratic Appeal 2010–2012 2 years, 22 days
20th Roelof Nelissen Catholic People's Party 1971–1973 1 year, 309 days
Molly Geertsema People's Party for Freedom and Democracy 1971–1973 1 year, 309 days
21st Thom de Graaf Democrats 66 2003–2005 1 year, 302 days
22nd Anne Vondeling Labour Party 1965–1966 1 year, 222 days
23rd Frans Teulings Catholic People's Party 1951–1952 1 year, 171 days
24th Laurens Jan Brinkhorst Democrats 66 2005–2006 1 year, 94 days
25th Jan Terlouw Democrats 66 1981–1982 1 year, 54 days
26th Johan Remkes People's Party for Freedom and Democracy 2002–2003 309 days
27th Joop den Uyl Labour Party 1981–1982 260 days
28th Roelf de Boer Pim Fortuyn List 2002–2003 221 days
29th Jan de Quay Catholic People's Party 1966–1967 134 days
30th Wilhelm Friedrich de Gaay Fortman Anti-Revolutionary Party 1977 102 days
31st Eduard Bomhoff Pim Fortuyn List 2002 86 days

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