Jesse Klaver

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Jesse Klaver
Leader of GroenLinks
Assumed office
12 May 2015
Preceded by Bram van Ojik
Parliamentary leader of GroenLinks in the House of Representatives
Assumed office
12 May 2015
Preceded by Bram van Ojik
Member of the House of Representatives
Assumed office
17 June 2010
Personal details
Born Jesse Feras Klaver
(1986-05-01) 1 May 1986 (age 31)
Roosendaal, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Political party GroenLinks
Spouse(s) Jolein Klaver (m. 2013)
Children 2
Residence Den Haag, Netherlands
Alma mater Avans University of Applied Sciences
Occupation Politician, trade unionist

Jesse Feras Klaver (born 1 May 1986) is a Dutch politician. He has been a member of the House of Representatives since 2010, and is serving as Leader of GroenLinks since 12 May 2015. Prior to this, he had also been chair of the youth union of the Christelijk Nationaal Vakverbond from 2009 to 2010.

Early life[edit]

Jesse Feras Klaver was born on 1 May 1986 in Roosendaal. His father has a Moroccan background and his mother has a mixed Dutch and Indonesian background.[1] He grew up in a social housing project without the presence of his father.[2] His grandparents played a large role in his upbringing.[3] Between 1999 and 2004, he attended the vmbo at the Waldorf school Michael College in Prinsenbeek.[4]

Between 2006 and 2009, he was member of the board of DWARS, the youth organization of GroenLinks. First, he was duo-chair for organization matters, later he was secretary and then he was elected chair. As chair, he supported the "freedom-loving course set by Femke Halsema" against the more communitarian elements within the party.[5] In addition to serving in this function, he studied social work at the Avans University of Applied Sciences and the transition program for the master political science at the University of Amsterdam. He quit the transition program before finishing it.[4]

On 17 September 2009, he was elected chair of the youth union of the CNV.[6] As chair he announced he would put less emphasis on the Christian character of the CNV.[7] He supported raising the retirement age to 67.[6] On 1 December 2009, he was appointed to the Social Economic Council. Being 23 years old, he was the youngest member ever to sit on this council.[8] In addition to chairing the CNV youth union, he co-authored the 2010 GroenLinks election manifesto; he was member of the board of the Christian Social Youth Congress and he was founder of the climate NGO Youth Copenhagen Coalition.[4]

Political career[edit]

In 2010, Klaver was placed seventh on the list of GroenLinks for the 2010 elections.[9] GroenLinks won ten seats. Klaver became spokesperson social affairs, employment, education and sport.[10] His maiden speech concerned higher education.

In 2010, he was nominated as "political talent of the year" by political journalists.[11] For the 2012 elections Klaver headed the campaign team of GroenLinks and he was fourth on the list of candidates of GroenLinks. This was enough to be elected, as GroenLinks got exactly four seats. His TEDtalk in the late-night talk show Pauw & Witteman in January 2013, was chosen as the best of five young politicians.[12]

In 2013, he co-authored the memo "Mooi Nederland" ("Beautiful Netherlands") with Lutz Jacobi (PvdA) and Stientje van Veldhoven (D66) which set out to protect nature, the landscape, flora and fauna. In 2013, he authored a private member's bill which through transparency sought to reduce food spillage. In 2014, he authored the proposal "Kansen voor kinderen voor het vmbo" ("Opportunities for Children in pre-vocational education").

Klaver received international attention for opposing tax evasion in 2013.[13] Klaver co-authored the agreement on the student benefit with the minister of Education Jet Bussemaker and spokespersons of the VVD, D66, PvdA.[14] He attended the inauguration of King Willem Alexander and took the oath "Zo Waarlijk helpe mij God almachtig".

On 12 May 2015, party leader Bram van Ojik announced that Klaver would be taking over party leadership effective immediately.[15] Until then, Klaver had acted as a spokesperson for finance, agriculture, nature, animal welfare, education, culture and science. He is member of parliamentary committees on foreign affairs, defense, European affairs, economic affairs, finance, education, budgetary control, social affairs, health and procedural affairs.

Klaver continued to be GroenLinks' party leader during the Dutch general election of 2017. His party gained 10 seats, rising to an all-time high of 14.

Personal life[edit]

Klaver married his wife Jolein on 3 May 2013.[16] He has two sons.


  1. ^ "Calvinist en er goed uit zien" (in Dutch), Trouw.
  2. ^ "Jesse Klaver". European Greens. Retrieved 23 June 2017. 
  3. ^ Jan Tromp, "Het slimme prinsenkind van GroenLinks" (in Dutch), de Volkskrant, 19 February 2013.
  4. ^ a b c "J.F. (Jesse) Klaver" (in Dutch), Parlement & Politiek.
  5. ^ "GroenLinks is de juiste weg ingeslagen" (in Dutch), de Volkskrant.
  6. ^ a b "Jesse Klaver nieuwe voorzitter CNV Jongeren" (in Dutch), De Telegraaf.
  7. ^ "Minder hameren op c van het cnv" (in Dutch), Nederlands Dagblad, 2009.
  8. ^ CNV krijgt tijdelijk nieuw bestuursmodel on
  9. ^ Klaar voor de toekomst: Veelzijdige kandidatenlijst vastgesteld, GroenLinks.
  10. ^ Portefeuilleverdeling Tweede Kamerfractie Archived 30 June 2010 at the Wayback Machine., GroenLinks.
  11. ^ "Pers kiest politicus van het jaar 2010" (in Dutch), Nederlandse Omroep Stichting.
  12. ^ GroenLinks-Kamerlid Jesse Klaver houdt een TEDTalk, VARA.
  13. ^ "Dutch to crack down on tax loopholes exploited by multinational firms", The Independent, 13 April 2013.
  14. ^ Kabinetsplannen studiefinanciering: studievoorschot Archived 19 October 2014 at the Wayback Machine. on
  15. ^ "Van Ojik weg als fractieleider GroenLinks, Klaver volgt op" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Omroep Stichting. 12 May 2015. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  16. ^ "Jesse Klaver, frontman van GroenLinks". Mediabiografie. 5 December 2015. Retrieved 19 February 2017. 

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