Co Verdaas

Co Verdaas
State Secretary for Economic Affairs (Netherlands)
In office
November 5, 2012  December 6, 2012
Prime Minister Mark Rutte
Preceded by Henk Bleker
Succeeded by Sharon Dijksma
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
January 30, 2003  November 29, 2006
Personal details
Born Johannes Cornelis Verdaas
(1966-08-05) August 5, 1966
Breda, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Political party Labour Party
Residence Zwolle, Netherlands
Alma mater Radboud University Nijmegen (MA and PhD in urban planning)
Occupation Politician
Civil servant
Urban planner

Johannes Cornelis "Co" Verdaas (born August 5, 1966 in Breda) is a Dutch politician of the Labour Party (Partij van de Arbeid). He served as State Secretary for the Ministry of Economic Affairs, dealing with agriculture, nature, food quality, tourism and postal affairs in the Cabinet Rutte II from November 5, 2012 [1] until his resignation on December 6, 2012.[2] He previously served as a Member of the House of Representatives from January 30, 2003 until November 29, 2006, and as a member of the Provincial Executive (Gedeputeerde Staten) of the province of Gelderland from 2007 to 2012. Due to doubtful traffic expenses in his capacity of last one, he stepped down as a State Secretary.[3]

Verdaas studied urban planning at Radboud University Nijmegen. Het developed the so-called Ladder of Verdaas, a system for solving traffic problems. Besides he is singer and guitarist in the rock band John-Boy & The Waltons.


  1. (in Dutch) Verdaas, PvdA'er op Landbouw, NOS, November 15, 2012
  2. As State Secretary for Economic Affairs Verdaas was allowed to use the ministerial title Minister of Agriculture while on foreign business.
  3. (in Dutch) Staatssecretaris Verdaas treedt af, NOS, December 6, 2012
Government offices
Preceded by
Henk Bleker
State Secretary for Economic Affairs
Succeeded by
Sharon Dijksma

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