Thursday 20 January 2022

Jan Paternotte succeeds Rob Jetten to lead D66 in parliament

Jan Paternotte at an election meeting. Photo: Sebastiaan ter Burg via Wikimedia Commons

Jan Paternotte has been chosen as the new leader of the D66 parliamentary party, succeeding Rob Jetten who has joined the cabinet as climate minister.

Patternote, 37, has been an MP since 2017 and was previously active on Amsterdam city council. He is currently the party’s spokesman on coronavirus and higher education, and is a keen supporter of 2G, the policy of excluding the unvaccinated from cafes and other indoor spaces.

Of the three other coalition parties: Sophie Hermans remains leader of the parliamentary VVD, Peter Heerma is in charge of the CDA and Gert-Jan Segers, national leader of ChristenUnie, remains the party’s chief in the lower house of parliament.

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