Sander Dekker
Minister for Legal Protection
Assumed office
26 October 2017
Prime MinisterMark Rutte
Preceded byOffice established
State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science
In office
5 November 2012 – 26 October 2017
Prime MinisterMark Rutte
Preceded byHalbe Zijlstra
Succeeded byOffice abolished
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
23 March 2017 – 26 October 2017
Personal details
Born (1975-02-09) 9 February 1975 (age 46)
The Hague, Netherlands
Political partyPeople's Party for Freedom and Democracy
ResidenceScheveningen, Netherlands
Alma materLeiden University (BPA, MPA)
OccupationPolitician · Civil servant · Jurist · Researcher · Teacher
WebsiteMinister for Legal Protection

Sander Dekker (born 9 February 1975) is a Dutch politician serving as Minister for Legal Protection in the Third Rutte cabinet since 26 October 2017.[1] A member of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD), he previously served as State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science in the Second Rutte cabinet (2012–2017).


Early life

Dekker was born in The Hague.[2] He went to primary and secondary schools in Zoetermeer. He studied public administration at Leiden University (1993–1999).[2]


Dekker served as State Secretary at the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science in the Second Rutte cabinet, dealing with higher education, science and knowledge, teachers and culture, between 5 November 2012 and 26 October 2017.[3][4] He previously served as an alderman in The Hague from 2006 to 2012. He was responsible for Education, Youth and Sports until 2010 and Finance until 2012.

In July 2015, Dekker submitted to the States General a proposal to change two aspects of the freedom of education law:[5]

  1. Not to demand that new schools represent an ideological direction, such as a religion. New schools could be based on an idea for good education, for instance IT-based education, green schools, or other innovative concept, as long as sufficient interest exists for such a system.
  2. To introduce more severe quality controls. Freedom of education should not be a license for bad educational systems.

Since 26 October 2017, he has been Minister for Legal Protection, in charge of fr Privacy Policy, Youth Justice, Copyright Law and Prevention.


  1. ^ "Sander Dekker (VVD) van het onderwijs naar het recht" (in Dutch). NOS. 23 October 2017. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b (in Dutch) Drs. S. (Sander) Dekker, Parlement & Politiek. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  3. ^ (in Dutch) Dekker: plezierig gesprek met Rutte, NOS, November 1, 2012.
  4. ^ (in Dutch) Dekker: omroep van 17 mln Nederlanders, NOS, December 6, 2012.
  5. ^ "Het is maar wat je vrijheid van onderwijs noemt". Retrieved 2015-07-02.
Political offices
Preceded by
Halbe Zijlstra
State Secretary for Education,
Culture and Sciences

Office abolished
New office Minister for Legal Protection