Hugo de Jonge

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Hugo de Jonge
Hugo de Jonge 2016.jpg
Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands
Assumed office
26 October 2017
Prime MinisterMark Rutte
Preceded byLodewijk Asscher
Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport
Assumed office
26 October 2017
Prime MinisterMark Rutte
Preceded byEdith Schippers
Personal details
Hugo Mattheüs de Jonge

(1977-09-26) 26 September 1977 (age 43)
Bruinisse, Netherlands
Political partyChristian Democratic Appeal
ResidenceRotterdam, Netherlands
OccupationPolitician, civil servant

Hugo Mattheüs de Jonge (born September 26, 1977 in Bruinisse) is a Dutch politician. He is a member of the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA) and the current first Deputy Prime Minister in the Third Rutte cabinet.

De Jonge studied at Ichthus University of Applied Sciences in Rotterdam [1] and subsequently worked as a school teacher for five years.

From 2004 to 2006 he was an assistant to the CDA parliamentary group in the Second Chamber. The next four years he worked at the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.

He became an alderman of the city of Rotterdam in 2010, which lasted till 2017. Education, youth and family matters were in his portfolio. In between he was also a councillor of Rotterdam for a brief period (after the municipal elections in 2014).

Since October 26, 2017, he has been Minister of Health, Welfare and Sports,[2] and also a Vice Minister-President in Rutte III. He is the first one to replace Prime Minister Mark Rutte.[3]

At the public presentation of the government he received attention by wearing dark-dotted white shoes made of crocodile leather.

Hugo de Jonge is married with two children, and a member of the Protestant Church in the Netherlands (PKN).

References[change | change source]

  1. Nowadays Inholland University of Applied Sciences.
  2. Bruno Bruins (VVD) is Minister of Medical Care at the same Ministry.
  3. The two other Deputy Prime Ministers are Kajsa Ollongren (D66), and Carola Schouten (CU).