Kees van der Staaij
Leader of the Reformed Political Party
Assumed office
27 March 2010
Preceded byBas van der Vlies
Leader of the Reformed Political Party
in the House of Representatives
Assumed office
10 May 2010
Preceded byBas van der Vlies
Member of the House of Representatives
Assumed office
19 May 1998
Personal details
Born
Cornelis Gerrit van der Staaij

(1968-09-12) 12 September 1968 (age 52)
Vlaardingen, Netherlands
NationalityDutch
Political partyReformed Political Party
Spouse(s)Marlies van Ree (m. 2014)
ResidenceBenthuizen
Alma materLeiden University (LLM)
OccupationPolitician
Civil servant
Website(in Dutch) Official website
Kees van der Staaij introducing himself in English recorded October 2017

Cornelis Gerrit "Kees" van der Staaij (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈkeːs fɑn dər ˈstaːi];[1] born 12 September 1968) is a Dutch politician serving as a member of the House of Representatives since 1998 and Leader of the Reformed Political Party (Staatkundig Gereformeerde Partij, SGP) since 2010. As a parliamentarian, he focuses on matters of judiciary, home affairs, Kingdom relations, foreign policy, the European Union, development aid, the defense, public health, welfare, sports, immigration and political asylum. Since 2017 Van der Staaij has been the longest running current member of the House of Representatives.

Early life

Van der Staaij was born in Vlaardingen, a city in the province of South Holland. His father was a civil servant in the municipality Maartensdijk.

He went to two Reformed primary schools in Vlaardingen (1974–1979) and Geldermalsen (1979–1980) and to a Reformed secondary school in Amersfoort (1980–1986). He studied law at Leiden University, specialising in constitutional and administrative law.

Politics

Van der Staaij was attracted to politics and became a member of the Reformed Political Party in 1986.

After several jobs at the Council of State, he was elected to the House of Representatives in 1998. In 2010 he became party leader as well as parliamentary leader in both cases succeeding Bas van der Vlies. He led his party as lijsttrekker in the 2010, 2012 and 2017 general elections.[2]

Van der Staaij is considered one of the most conservative and right-wing political leaders in the Netherlands. He signed the anti-LGBTQI Nashville Statement and supported pro-life organisations, making sure such organisations were granted more subsidies. He and his party focus on the importance of faith and community in society and frequently advocate for theocracy.[3]

Van der Staaij again served as lijsttrekker or main candidate for the SGP in the 2021 general election.[4] The SGP won 3 out of the 150 seats in the House of Representatives. [5]

References

  1. ^ In isolation, van is pronounced [vɑn] or also [fɑn].
  2. ^ (in Dutch) Van der Staaij lijsttrekker SGP, Nederland Kiest - Tweede Kamerverkiezingen 2010, 27 March 2010
  3. ^ "Nashvilleverklaring krijgt pastoraal nawoord (Nashville Statement gets pastoral postscript)". RD - reformatorisch Dagblad. 2019-01-04. Archived from the original on 2019-01-04. Retrieved 2019-01-05.
  4. ^ Kees van der Staaij opnieuw lijsttrekker, parlement.com (in Dutch)
  5. ^ Kiesraad (2021-03-26). "Officiële uitslag Tweede Kamerverkiezing 17 maart 2021 - Nieuwsbericht - Kiesraad.nl". www.kiesraad.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 2021-04-10.
Party political offices
Preceded by
Bas van der Vlies
Leader of the Reformed Political Party
2010–present
Incumbent
Leader of the Reformed Political Party
in the House of Representatives

2010–present