Hugo de Jonge

Dutch politician

Hugo Mattheüs de Jonge (born September 26, 1977 in Bruinisse) is a Dutch politician. He is a member of the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA) and a minister in the Fourth Rutte cabinet.

Hugo de Jonge
Minister of Housing and Spatial Planning
Assumed office
10 January 2022
Prime MinisterMark Rutte
Party leader
In office
15 July 2020 – 10 December 2020
Preceded bySybrand van Haersma Buma
Succeeded byWopke Hoekstra
First Deputy Prime Minister
In office
26 October 2017 – 10 January 2022
Preceded byLodewijk Asscher
Succeeded bySigrid Kaag
Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport
In office
26 October 2017 – 10 January 2022
Prime MinisterMark Rutte
Preceded byEdith Schippers
Succeeded byErnst Kuipers
Municipal councillor of Rotterdam
In office
27 March 2014 – 15 May 2014
Alderman of Rotterdam
In office
27 May 2010 – 26 October 2017
Personal details
Hugo Mattheüs de Jonge

(1977-09-26) 26 September 1977 (age 46)
Bruinisse, Zeeland, Netherlands
Political partyChristian Democratic Appeal (CDA)
ResidenceRotterdam, South Holland, Netherlands
Occupationpolitical, civil servant, teacher

De Jonge studied at Ichthus University of Applied Sciences in Rotterdam [1] and subsequently worked as a school teacher for five years.

From 2004 to 2006, he was an assistant to the CDA parliamentary group in the House of Representatives. The next four years he worked at the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.

He became an alderman of the city of Rotterdam in 2010, which lasted till 2017. Education, youth and family matters were in his portfolio. In between he was also a councillor of Rotterdam for a brief period (after the municipal elections in 2014).

From 2017 to 2022, he was minister of Health, Welfare and Sports,[2] and also a Deputy Prime Minister in Rutte III. He was the first one to replace Prime Minister Mark Rutte.[3] At the public presentation of the government he received attention by wearing dark-dotted white shoes made of crocodile leather.

He was leading the CDA in 2020 (succeeded by Wopke Hoekstra). Since January 2022, he has been minister of Housing and Spatial Planning in Rutte IV.

Hugo de Jonge is married with two children, and a member of the Protestant Church in the Netherlands (PKN).


  1. Nowadays Inholland University of Applied Sciences.
  2. Bruno Bruins (VVD) was Minister of Medical Care at the same Ministry.
  3. The two other Deputy Prime Ministers were Kajsa Ollongren (D66) and Carola Schouten (CU).

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