Lodewijk Asscher

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Lodewijk Asscher
Lodewijk Asscher 2013-1.jpg
Lodewijk Asscher in 2013
Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands
Assumed office
5 November 2012
Prime Minister Mark Rutte
Preceded by Maxime Verhagen
Minister of Social Affairs and Employment
Assumed office
5 November 2012
Prime Minister Mark Rutte
Preceded by Henk Kamp
Acting Mayor of Amsterdam
In office
12 March 2010 – 7 July 2010
Preceded by Job Cohen
Succeeded by Eberhard van der Laan
Personal details
Born Lodewijk Frans Asscher
(1974-09-27) 27 September 1974 (age 40)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Political party Labour Party
Spouse(s) Jildau Piena (since 2007)
Children 3 sons
Residence Amsterdam, Netherlands
Alma mater University of Amsterdam (Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology, Master of Laws, Doctor of Philosophy)
Occupation Politician
Associate professor
Website Government website

Lodewijk Frans Asscher (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈloːdəˌʋɛi̯k frɑns ˈɑʃər]; born 27 September 1974) is a Dutch politician of the Labour Party (PvdA). He has been the Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands and Minister of Social Affairs and Employment in the Cabinet Rutte II since 5 November 2012. He previously served as Acting Mayor of Amsterdam from 12 March 2010 to 7 July 2010 after Job Cohen resigned as Mayor to become the Labour Party leader and Lijsttrekker (top candidate) for the Dutch general election of 2010.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Lodewijk Frans Asscher was born on 27 September 1974 in Amsterdam in a mixed religious family; his father is from Jewish descent and his mother is Catholic.[2] His father is a member of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy and his mother a member of the Labour Party.[3]

Asscher went to the Christelijk Gymnasium Sorghvliet in The Hague. He studied psychology (propaedeutics in 1995) and Dutch law (master's degree in 1998) at the University of Amsterdam in Amsterdam. In 2002, he received his PhD in law from the University of Amsterdam.[4]



Asscher entered the city council after the Dutch municipal elections of 2002. Besides his role as the group leader of the Labour Party in the Amsterdam city council, he took part in the commission on General Affairs.

Until 1 January 2006, Asscher taught information Law at the University of Amsterdam. In his book "New Amsterdam", Asscher advocated the eventual disappearance of the red light district. A few days after the release of the book, Asscher revoked that statement, stating that he was not against prostitution, but rather against sexual slavery.

After the Dutch municipal elections of 2006, where he led the Labour Party's campaign in Amsterdam, Asscher was installed as an alderman on 26 April. He served as alderman of Economics, Airport and Harbour, and deputy mayor of Amsterdam for the Labour Party from 2006 until 2010. And served as Acting Mayor of Amsterdam from 12 March 2010 to 7 July 2010. He then became alderman of Finances serving until 5 November 2012.


On 5 November 2012, he became Minister of Social Affairs and Employment and Deputy Prime Minister in the Cabinet Rutte II.[5][6] He was succeeded by Pieter Hilhorst (also PvdA).

In September 2014, Asscher announced heightened scrutiny of four Dutch Turkish organisations that he suspected of hindering integration, including a religious group, Millî Görüş. This led to the expulsion of 2 Dutch Turkish MPs from the Labour Party after they harshly criticised the move.[7]


Lodewijk Asscher is married with Jildau Piena, with whom he has three sons.[8]


  • (2005) Nieuw Amsterdam (New Amsterdam)
  • (2010) De ontsluierde stad (The Unveiled City)


  1. ^ (Dutch) Lodewijk Asscher waarnemend burgemeester, Trouw, 19 March 2010
  2. ^ (Dutch) Op vrijdag aten we challe, met Pasen matzes, Jonet.nl, 20 November 2010
  3. ^ (Dutch) Lodewijk Asscher 'Ik ben soms knetterhard', Intermediair.nl, 8 December 2005
  4. ^ (Dutch) Dr. L.F. (Lodewijk) Asscher, Parlement & Politiek. Retrieved on 10 April 2015.
  5. ^ (Dutch) Lodewijk Asscher wordt vicepremier, NOS, 26 October 2012
  6. ^ (Dutch) Asscher: politiek talent van de PvdA, NOS, 1 November 2012
  7. ^ "Dutch race relations: Blacked up". The Economist. 6 December 2014. Retrieved 8 December 2014. 
  8. ^ (Dutch) Lodewijk Asscher: wordt hij Wibaut of Cohen?, Wordpress, 14 October 2011

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Political offices
Preceded by
Job Cohen
Mayor of Amsterdam (acting)
Succeeded by
Eberhard van der Laan
Preceded by
Henk Kamp
Minister of Social Affairs and Employment
Preceded by
Maxime Verhagen
Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands