Rob Jetten

Rob Arnoldus Adrianus Jetten (born 25 March 1987) is a Dutch politician serving as party leader of the Democrats 66 (D66) in the House of Representatives since 9 October 2018.[1]

Rob Jetten
Leader of the Democrats 66 in the House of Representatives
Assumed office
9 October 2018
Preceded byAlexander Pechtold
Member of the House of Representatives
Assumed office
23 March 2017
Personal details
Rob Arnoldus Adrianus Jetten

(1987-03-25) 25 March 1987
Veghel, Netherlands
Political partyDemocrats 66


Jetten grew up in Uden and subsequently studied public administration at Radboud University Nijmegen. After a period as a management trainee by the Dutch railway authorities ProRail,[2] he continued working there as a consultant and as a regional supply manager for north-eastern Netherlands. From 2010 until 2017, Jetten represented D66 in the municipal council of Nijmegen. He was unanimously chosen by D66 as party leader succeeding Alexander Pechtold.[1]

Political life

Jetten began his political career as a policy advisor for the D66 political faction in the Senate of the States General and as chairman of the Young Democrats. In addition, between 2010 and 2017, he was a member of the municipal council and his party chairperson in the Nijmegen municipal council. At the 2017 national parliamentary general elections, he was elected to the Dutch parliament. He became his party's spokesperson for climate, energy and gas, rail, democratic renewal and economic affairs.

Jetten was co-sponsor of the Climate Act and the initiator of the Deconstitutionalization Initiative Act. This latter act constitutionally released the King's prerogative in appointing King's Commissioners and mayors. Thus it became possible to allocate these appointment to other bodies. On 23 January 2018, no fewer than 147 members (out of a total of 150) of the House of Representatives voted in favor of his bill. On 13 November 2018, Jetten defended his own-initiative law in the Senate, taking a different approach than the attempt made by his party colleague Thom de Graaf in 2005 by merely changing the constitution instead of directly filling in the role and position.

On October 9, 2018, Jetten was elected chairman of the parliamentary faction of D66, succeeding Alexander Pechtold. He was elected unanimously.[3] This did not automatically make him the new party leader as this position will be decided on at a later period when the D66 candidates for the next Dutch parliament will also be determined; all party members will be eligible for this position. At age 31, Jetten became the youngest ever party leader of the Democrats66. After his election, Jetten faced criticism by Dutch media because of his relative young age.[4]

Private life

Jetten lives with his partner in Ubbergen


  1. "Rob Jetten nieuwe fractievoorzitter D66". NOS (in Dutch).
  2. "Cookies op -". Retrieved 8 December 2018.
Party political offices
Preceded by
Alexander Pechtold
Parliamentary leader of the Democrats 66 in the House of Representatives
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