Wouter Koolmees

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.[1] 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.

Wouter Koolmees
Koolmees in 2010
Minister of Social Affairs and Employment
Assumed office
26 October 2017
Prime MinisterMark Rutte
Preceded byLodewijk Asscher
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
17 June 2010  26 October 2017
Personal details
Born (1977-03-20) 20 March 1977
Capelle aan den IJssel, Netherlands
Political partyDemocrats 66 (since 2002)
ResidenceRotterdam, Netherlands
Alma materUtrecht University
(Bachelor of Economics, Master of Economics)
OccupationPolitician · Civil servant · Economist · Accountant · Financial analyst · Researcher
WebsiteMinister 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.


  1. "Cijferaar Wouter Koolmees (D66) minister van Sociale Zaken" (in Dutch). NOS. 23 October 2017. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
Political offices
Preceded by
Lodewijk Asscher
Minister of Social Affairs
and Employment

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