Hugo de Jonge
Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport
Full name: Hugo Mattheüs de Jonge
Place and date of birth: Bruinisse, 26 September 1977
Place of residence: Rotterdam
Civil status: married, two children
1995: Secondary education, Willem van Oranje school, Oud-Beijerland
1999: Primary school teacher training, Ichthus University of Professional Education, Rotterdam
2004: Primary school management, Octaaf P.C. Academie voor Schoolmanagement, Zwolle
Hugo de Jonge began his career as a teacher at De Akker primary school, Rotterdam, in 1999. A year later he became deputy head of the Da Costa School in Rotterdam. In 2004 he was appointed as a policy officer for the Christian Democratic Alliance (CDA) in the House of Representatives.
From 2006 Hugo de Jonge worked at the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science as a political assistant, first to the Minister, Maria van der Hoeven, and then to the State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science, Marja van Bijsterveldt. In 2008 he also served for a time as political assistant to Prime Minister Jan-Peter Balkenende at the Ministry of General Affairs. From 2008 he worked as a project leader and programme manager at the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.
In 2010 Mr De Jonge became a member of the municipal executive of Rotterdam, with responsibility for education, youth and families, and – from 2014 – for education, youth and healthcare.
On 26 October 2017 Hugo de Jonge was appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport in the third Rutte government.
Party political positions and outside activities
As a member of the Rotterdam municipal executive, Hugo de Jonge performed a range of official duties and activities, notably as chairman of the board of Rijnmond Youth Care Services Agency and Rijnmond Municipal Health Service, and as a member of the Health and Welfare Committee of the Association of Netherlands Municipalities, the Education Council and the Task Force on Child Abuse and Sexual Abuse.