Klaas Dijkhoff

Klaas Henricus Dominicus Maria Dijkhoff (born 13 January 1981) is a Dutch legal scholar and politician who led the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy in the House of Representatives from 2017 to 2021. He previously was Minister of Defence (2017) and State Secretary for Security and Justice (2015–2017).

Klaas Dijkhoff
Leader of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy in the House of Representatives
In office
26 October 2017  18 March 2021
Preceded byHalbe Zijlstra
Succeeded byMark Rutte
Minister of Defence
In office
4 October 2017  26 October 2017
Prime MinisterMark Rutte
Preceded byJeanine Hennis-Plasschaert
Succeeded byAnk Bijleveld
State Secretary for Security and Justice
In office
20 March 2015  4 October 2017
Prime MinisterMark Rutte
Preceded byFred Teeven
Succeeded byMark Harbers
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
23 March 2017  31 March 2021
In office
17 June 2010  20 March 2015
Personal details
Born
Klaas Henricus Dominicus Maria Dijkhoff

(1981-01-13) 13 January 1981 (age 40)
Soltau, West Germany
NationalityDutch
Political partyPeople's Party for
Freedom and Democracy

(since 1998)
ResidenceBreda
Alma materTilburg University (LLM, MPhil, PhD)
OccupationPolitician · Jurist · Legal educator · Researcher · Consultant

A jurist by occupation, Dijkhoff resides in Breda. He was elected as a member of the House of Representatives in the 2010 general election. After the resignation of Fred Teeven, he was appointed to succeed him and resigned as a parliamentarian the same day he took office as State Secretary at the Ministry of Security and Justice in the Second Rutte cabinet on 20 March 2015. After the resignation of Minister of Defence Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, Dijkhoff was nominated to serve out the remainder of her term in the already demissionary Second Rutte cabinet and resigned as State Secretary for Security and Justice on 4 October 2017 and served as Minister of Defence until the Third Rutte cabinet was installed on 26 October 2017.

Dijkhoff announced in October 2020 that he would retire from politics following the 2021 general election.