Mark Rutte

50th Prime Minister of the Netherlands

Mark Rutte (born 14 February 1967) is a Dutch politician. He has been Prime Minister of The Netherlands since 14 October 2010. He is the leader of the conservative liberal party VVD.[1][2]

Mark Rutte
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Prime Minister of the Netherlands
Assumed office
14 October 2010
DeputyHugo de Jonge (CDA)
Kajsa Ollongren (D66)
Carola Schouten (CU)
Preceded byJan Peter Balkenende (CDA)
Leader of the People's Party for
Freedom and Demcoracy
Assumed office
31 May 2006
Preceded byJozias van Aartsen
State Secretary for Education,
Culture and Science
In office
17 June 2004 – 27 June 2006
Prime MinisterJan Peter Balkenende
Preceded byAnnette Nijs
Succeeded byBruno Bruins
State Secretary for Social Affairs and Employment
In office
22 July 2002 – 17 June 2004
Prime MinisterJan Peter Balkenende
Preceded byHans Hoogervorst
Succeeded byHenk van Hoof
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
23 March 2017 – 26 October 2017
In office
20 September 2012 – 5 November 2012
In office
28 June 2006 – 14 October 2010
In office
30 January 2003 – 27 May 2003
Personal details
Born (1967-02-14) 14 February 1967 (age 53)
The Hague, Netherlands
Political partyPeople's Party for Freedom and Democracy
Alma materLeiden University
International Institute for Management Development
WebsiteGovernment website

He is also a teacher at a school in The Hague.

In 2010, Rutte won the elections with his party. He did not gain a majority in parliament, he won 31 out of 150 seats. Before he could form his government, there were four weeks of negotiations with the Christian-democratic CDA and the right-wing PVV of Geert Wilders. Wilders was not in the government, but he was supporting the government on several issues. These issues were discussed in those four weeks. When he was sworn in on 14 October 2010, he became the first liberal Prime Minister in the Netherlands in 92 years.[3]

The First Rutte cabinet, consisting of VVD, CDA and PVV, lasted from 2010 to 2012. The Second Rutte cabinet, consisting of VVD and PvdA, lasted from 2012 to 2017.

Rutte has been leading the Third Rutte cabinet, consisting of VVD, CDA, D66 and CU, since 26 October 2017.