Wouter Bos

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Wouter Bos
Minister of Finance
In office
February 22, 2007 – February 23, 2010
Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende
Preceded by Gerrit Zalm
Succeeded by Jan Kees de Jager
Deputy Prime Minister
In office
February 22, 2007 – February 23, 2010
Serving with André Rouvoet
Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende
Preceded by Gerrit Zalm
Succeeded by André Rouvoet (Only)
Party leader
Labour Party
In office
November 17, 2002 – April 25, 2010
Preceded by Ad Melkert
Succeeded by Job Cohen
Parliamentary leaderLabour Party
House of Representatives
In office
November 19, 2002 – February 22, 2007
Preceded by Jeltje van Nieuwenhoven
Succeeded by Jacques Tichelaar
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
May 23, 2002 – February 22, 2007
State Secretary for Finance
In office
March 24, 2000 – July 22, 2002
Prime Minister Wim Kok
Preceded by Willem Vermeend
Succeeded by Steven van Eijk
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
May 19, 1998 – March 24, 2000
Personal details
Born Wouter Jacob Bos
July 14, 1963 (1963-07-14) (age 51)
Vlaardingen, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Political party Labour Party
Spouse(s) Barbara Bos (since 2002)
Residence Amsterdam, Netherlands
Alma mater Vrije Universiteit (M.A. in Political Science and Economics)
Occupation Politician
Management consultant
Religion Reformed Protestant

Wouter Jacob Bos (born July 14, 1963) was a Dutch minister of finance, deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Dutch Labour Party. He won the election of Dutch Labour Party leader, defeating Jouke de Vries. He led the party until March 12, 2010, the day he left. His successor is Job Cohen, who used to be the mayor of Amsterdam. He left because he wanted to spend more time with his family.

He left as minister of finance and deputy Prime Minister because the government felt over the decision of Uruzgan. The Dutch Labour Party was in the coalition, together with Christen Democraten Appèl and the ChristenUnie, both Christian parties. The Dutch Labour Party did not agree and stepped out of the coalition.