Joost Eerdmans

Dutch politician (born 1971)

Bernard Johannes "Joost" Eerdmans (born 9 January 1971) is a Dutch politician and former civil servant.

Joost Eerdmans
Party leader JA21
Assumed office
18 December 2020
Preceded by/
Group leader Livable Rotterdam
In office
5 July 2018 – 8 April 2021
Succeeded byRobert Simons
Municipal councillor of Rotterdam
In office
29 March 2018 – 8 April 2021
Succeeded byJohn van Assendelft
Alderman of Rotterdam
In office
15 May 2014 – 5 July 2018
Alderman of Capelle aan den IJssel
In office
2 March 2009 – 25 March 2014
Parliamentary group leader JA21 / Eerdmans–Van Schijndel
Assumed office
18 March 2021
In office
25 September 2006 – 30 November 2006
Member of the House of Representatives
Assumed office
31 March 2021
In office
23 May 2002 – 30 November 2006
Personal details
Bernard Johannes Eerdmans

(1971-01-09) 9 January 1971 (age 53)
Harderwijk, Gelderland, Netherlands
Political partyJA21 (2020-)
Forum for Democracy (FVD) (2018-2020)
Livable Rotterdam (2013-)
Livable Capelle (2009-)
Group Eerdmans–Van Schijndel (2006)
Eén NL (2006)
Pim Fortuyn List (LPF) (2002-2004)
Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA) (-2002)
ResidenceRotterdam, South Holland, Netherlands
Alma materErasmus University Rotterdam

Eerdmans was born in Harderwijk and studied public administration at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

He worked at the justice department and as an assistant to Rotterdam mayor Ivo Opstelten.

As a junior civil servant he founded with other junior civil servants the youth organisation FUTURE in 1997. The purpose of FUTURE was to give civil servants more responsibility for what they are doing.

Eerdmans got impressed by the performance of critic Pim Fortuyn. He joined the Pim Fortuyn List (LPF) and became an MP in 2002. After leaving the LPF because of the ongoing upheaval, he established with Marco Pastors the Eén NL party in 2006, but the party failed in the 2006 Dutch general election, so he lost his seat.

Subsequently he worked as a columnist, as a manager at Deloitte consultancy, and as a radio and TV presenter. Keen on law and order, he also founded a civilian committee against injustice in 2009.

Meanwhile, Eerdmans became active in local politics. From 2009 to 2014 he was an alderman of Capelle aan den IJssel on behalf of Livable Capelle. From 2014 to 2018 he was an alderman of the neighbouring city of Rotterdam on behalf of Livable Rotterdam. From 2018 to 2021 he was a municipal councillor and Livable Rotterdam group leader in this city.[1][2]

In the run-up for the 2021 Dutch general election he became a candidate for the Forum for Democracy (FVD) party but broke up after dubious comments of FvD leader Thierry Baudet.

Afterwards he established with Annabel Nanninga the conservative liberal JA21 party, of which he is both party leader and list puller. JA21 gained three seats, so he has been parliamentary group leader and an MP since March 2021.

Joost Eerdmans is married with two children and lives in Rotterdam.

References change

  1. NRC

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