Full name: Lodewijk Frans Asscher
Place and date of birth: Amsterdam, 27 September 1974
Place of residence: Amsterdam
Civil status: married, three children
1992: Secondary school, The Hague
1995: First-year course in psychology, University of Amsterdam
1998: Degree in Dutch law, University of Amsterdam
2002: Doctorate in law with a dissertation on fundamental communication rights, University of Amsterdam
After completing his studies, Lodewijk Asscher remained at the University of Amsterdam, working there as a researcher from 1998 to 2006 and as a lecturer (starting in 2002) at the Institute for Information Law.
From 2002 to 2006 Lodewijk Asscher served on the Amsterdam city council, representing the Labour Party (PvdA). In 2006 he became a member of the municipal executive with responsibility for economic affairs, finance, education, civic integration and youth. After the resignation of Mayor Job Cohen, he was interim mayor of Amsterdam from March to July 2010. From that period until his appointment as minister, he was a member of the municipal executive with responsibility for finance, youth, education and Project 2012.
On 5 November 2012 Lodewijk Asscher was appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Social Affairs and Employment in the Rutte-Asscher government.
5 November 2012