Sander Dekker
Sander Dekker 2015 (1).jpg
Minister for Legal Protection
In office
26 October 2017 – 10 January 2022
Prime MinisterMark Rutte
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byFranc Weerwind
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 47)
The Hague, Netherlands
Political partyPeople's Party for Freedom and Democracy
Alma materLeiden University (BPA, MPA)
OccupationPolitician · Civil servant · Jurist · Researcher · Teacher

Sander Dekker (born 9 February 1975) is a Dutch politician who served as Minister for Legal Protection in the Third Rutte cabinet from 2017 to 2022.[1] A member of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD), he previously served as State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science under the Second Rutte cabinet from 2012 to 2017.


Early life

Dekker was born in The Hague.[2] He went to primary and secondary school in Zoetermeer. He studied public administration at Leiden University (1993–1999).[2] After his studies, Dekker worked as a researcher and teacher at Leiden University, most notably on matters of police and justice. In 2001, he was a visiting researcher at the University of Oxford Centre for European Politics, Economics and Society.


Dekker served as State Secretary at the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science under 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 a municipal councillor in The Hague from 2003 to 2006, party group leader in the municipal council from 2004 to 2006 and an alderman in the municipal executive from 2006 to 2012. He was responsible for Education, Youth and Sports until 2010 and Finance from 2010 to 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.

On 26 October 2017, he was appointed Minister for Legal Protection, a ministership without portfolio at the Ministry of Justice and Security, in charge of Privacy Policy, Youth Justice, Copyright Law and Prevention, under Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus. On 10 January 2022, he was succeeded by Franc Weerwind.


  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, 1 November 2012.
  4. ^ (in Dutch) Dekker: omroep van 17 mln Nederlanders, NOS, 6 December 2012.
  5. ^ "Het is maar wat je vrijheid van onderwijs noemt". Retrieved 2015-07-02.
Political offices Preceded byHalbe Zijlstra State Secretary for Education, Culture and Sciences 2012–2017 Office abolished New office Minister for Legal Protection 2017–2022 Succeeded byFranc Weerwind