Bob has been a member of the SP group in the Senate on three occasions: from 1998 to 2003, from 2006 to 2007, and since 2011. Prior to that he was chair of the SP group on Utrecht council, which he was a member of from 1986 until 2001.
In addition to his membership of the Senate, he works as a lawyer specialising in supporting victims of asbestos. In 2012 he was awarded a PhD for a dissertation on the subject of asbestos.
“The democratic constitutional state is the basis of our society.”
In the Senate Bob takes responsibility for security policy and judicial and domestic affairs. “The democratic constitutional state is the basis of our society. We must protect and preserve this constitutional state. A sound constitutional state costs the community money. That means that we must ensure that there is sufficient money available for a reliable and independent judicial power and that citizens have access to the law and to the courts, without financial barriers.”