Kees van der Staaij

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Kees van der Staaij
Kees van der Staaij.jpg
Parliamentary leader - Reformed Political Party
House of Representatives of the Netherlands
Assumed office
10 May 2010
Preceded by Bas van der Vlies
Member of the House of Representatives
Assumed office
19 May 1998
Personal details
Born Cornelis Gerrit van der Staaij
(1968-09-12) 12 September 1968 (age 49)
Vlaardingen, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Political party Reformed Political Party (SGP)
Spouse(s) Marlies van Ree
Children 2
Residence Benthuizen, Netherlands
Alma mater Leiden University (LLM)
Occupation Politician
Civil servant
Website (in Dutch) Official website

Cornelis Gerrit "Kees" van der Staaij (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈkeːs fɑn dər ˈstaːi];[1] born 12 September 1968) is a Dutch politician of the Reformed Political Party (Staatkundig Gereformeerde Partij - SGP). He has been an MP since 19 May 1998 and focuses on matters of judiciary, home affairs, Kingdom relations, foreign policy, the European Union, development aid, the Dutch defense, public health, welfare, sports, immigration and political asylum.

He has also been Party leader since 27 March 2010 and Parliamentary group leader in the House of Representatives since 10 May 2010.

Early life[edit]

Van der Staaij was born in Vlaardingen, a city in the province of South Holland. His father was a civil servant in the municipality Maartensdijk.

He went to two Reformed primary schools in Vlaardingen (1974-1979) and Geldermalsen (1979–1980) and to a Reformed secondary school in Amersfoort (1980–1986). He studied law at Leiden University, specialising in constitutional and administrative law.


Van der Staaij was attracted to politics and became a member of the Reformed Political Party in 1986.

After several jobs in the Council of State of the Netherlands, he was elected to the House of Representatives in 1998. In 2010 he has become party leader as well as Parliamentary leader in both cases succeeding Bas van der Vlies. He was leading his party ('lijsttrekker') in the general elections in 2010[2] and 2012.


  1. ^ In isolation, van is pronounced [vɑn] or also [fɑn].
  2. ^ (in Dutch) Van der Staaij lijsttrekker SGP, Nederland Kiest - Tweede Kamerverkiezingen 2010, 27 March 2010

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Bas van der Vlies
Leader of the Reformed Political Party
Leader of the Reformed Political Party
in the House of Representatives