The SP Parliamentary Group in the Dutch Senate
The Dutch Parliament (States-General) consists of two ‘Chambers’ or Houses: the First Chamber (Upper House, 75 Senators) and the Second Chamber (Lower House, 150 Members of Parliament), the latter being the more political body – the country's main legislative body, the former the “chamber of reflection”. All laws have to pass both Houses. The Senate is elected every four years by the Members of the 12 provincial assemblies of the Netherlands. The Group of the Socialist Party now has nine Senators.
Chair of the SP group in the Senate
Tiny Kox (1953) lives in Tilburg and since 2003 has been chair of the SP group in the Senate since.
Justice, Domestic Affairs, Immigration and Asylum
Bob Ruers (1947) lives in Utrecht.
Economic Affairs, Education, Immigration and Asylum, Public Health Arda Gerkens
'The internet belongs to us all.'
Finance, Economic Affairs, Education, Foreign Affairs, Defence, Development Cooperation
Bastiaan van Apeldoorn (1970) lives in Haarlem and has been a member of the Senate since 2015.
Public Health, Social Affairs, Infrastructure, Environment and Regional Planning, Relations with the Royal House
Hans-Martin Don (1959) lives in Waalre and has been a member of the Senate for the SP since 2015.
Domestic Affairs, Finance, Infrastructure, Environment and Regional Planning
As spokesman on taxation I want to contribute to the fight for a fairer distribution of incomes.
Relations within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Infrastructure, Environment and Regional Planning, Social Affairs, Economic Affairs
'People come first, at home and abroad.’
Foreign Affairs, Defence and Development cooperation, European Affairs, Finances and Economic Affairs
Henk Overbeek (1949) lives in Amstelveen; he has been a member of the Senate for the SP since 2016. In the Senate, he mainly focuses on development cooperation, international trade and international tax agreements.