Wouter Koolmees (born 20 March 1977) is a Dutch politician and civil servant serving as Minister of Social Affairs and Employment in the Third Rutte cabinet since 26 October 2017 and acting second Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands since 1 November 2019. A member of the Democrats 66 (D66) party, he was a member of the House of Representatives from 17 June 2010 until his ministerial appointment; as a parliamentarian, he focused on matters of finance, transport and water supply.
Koolmees in 2010
|Minister of Social Affairs and Employment|
|Assumed office |
26 October 2017
|Prime Minister||Mark Rutte|
|Preceded by||Lodewijk Asscher|
|Member of the House of Representatives|
17 June 2010 – 26 October 2017
|Born||20 March 1977|
Capelle aan den IJssel, Netherlands
|Political party||Democrats 66 (since 2002)|
|Alma mater||Utrecht University |
(Bachelor of Economics, Master of Economics)
|Occupation||Politician · Civil servant · Economist · Accountant · Financial analyst · Researcher|
|Website||Minister of Social Affairs and Employment|
Koolmees studied economics at Utrecht University. Before entering politics, he worked for several employers, including the Ministry of Finance. Following the 2017 general election, Koolmees represented his party's interests alongside Alexander Pechtold, party leader at the time, at the negotiations table to form Mark Rutte's third cabinet.
- "Cijferaar Wouter Koolmees (D66) minister van Sociale Zaken" (in Dutch). NOS. 23 October 2017. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
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