Derk Boswijk is the new agricultural spokesperson for CDA. The new MP for Kockengen in Utrecht is thus Jaco Geurts’ successor. On behalf of the Christian Democrats, it was agriculture in the House of Representatives for years.
Boswijk, 31, will also take care of the nitrogen dossier. In addition to agriculture, it has defense and water portfolios. He gained political experience as an ADC member and party leader in the province of Utrecht. There, he had the portfolios of governance, energy transition and finance. He was directly involved in the negotiations for the Utrecht coalition agreement.
Boswijk, born in Woerden, completed the MBO course in architecture and real estate and had his own architectural drawing office. He later attended the HBO Building Technical Business Administration evening course at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam. He then followed the pre-master’s degree in public administration at the University of Leiden. He completed the Urban and Regional Development master’s degree. Boswijk is married and the father of two daughters.
After working for ten years as a freelance structural engineer, he started working for a real estate investor. Boswijk is active as a reserve officer in the Royal Netherlands Army. He has also written a number of books. His first book, Son of an Emigrant, was translated and published under the title Son of an Immigrant in the United States, Great Britain, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. His novel “Why I Left” is a biography of US President Theodore Roosevelt titled “Theodore Roosevelt”. The progressive populist ”.
As a volunteer, the new MP has notably worked for the May 4 and 5 committee and for the opinion website Christendemocraat.nl. Boswijk had previously indicated that he wanted more attention for MBO training in the House of Representatives. He himself has completed secondary vocational training and finds that the House of Representatives is made up of at least 90 percent of theoretically trained people’s representatives.
Former agricultural spokesperson and former pig farmer Jaco Geurts de Voorthuizen, Gelderland, will now work on the infrastructure of the House. In the election campaign, agricultural candidates and dairy farmers Eline Vedder and Cees de Jong took to the stage on behalf of the CDA. However, these two candidates were not elected. The CDA lost four seats and fifteen remain in the new chamber.