Gerdi Verbeet

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Gerdi Verbeet
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President of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands
In office
December 6, 2006 – September 20, 2012
Preceded by Frans Weisglas
Succeeded by Anouchka van Miltenburg
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
July 26, 2002 – September 19, 2012
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
December 11, 2001 – May 22, 2002
Personal details
Born Gerardina Alida Verbeet
(1951-04-18) April 18, 1951 (age 63)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Political party Labour Party
Spouse(s) First husband (divorced)
Wim Meijer (m. 2010)
Residence Amsterdam, Netherlands
Occupation Politician
Political consultant
Teacher
Religion Non-religious (Agnosticism)

Gerardina Alida "Gerdi" Verbeet (born April 18, 1951) is a Dutch politician of the Labour Party (PvdA). She was the President of the House of Representatives from December 6, 2006 until September 19, 2012. The second elected president after predecessor Frans Weisglas. She served as a Member of the House of Representatives from July 26, 2002 until September 19, 2012 and previously from December 11, 2001 until May 22, 2002.[1]

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Verbeet attended the Gymnasium in Amsterdam and began a study in social geography, which she did not finish. Instead she studied Dutch language and literature and worked as a teacher.

Politics[edit]

Between 1994 and 2001 she was political advisor of State Secretary Tineke Netelenbos and the Parliamentary leader Ad Melkert.

On May 23, 2001 she became a Member of the House of Representatives, filling the vacancy left by Rob van Gijzel. In the Dutch general election of 2002 she was not re-elected. But in July 2002 she re-entered the House of Representatives, filling the vacancy left by Eveline Herfkens. In the Dutch general election of 2003 and 2006 she was able to retain her seat. In the House of Representatives, Verbeet concentrated on sport, policy regarding elderly people, and state pensions.

On December 6, 2006 she was elected President of the House of Representatives, beating ministers Maria van der Hoeven of the Christian Democratic Appeal and Henk Kamp of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy. She is the second female president (after Jeltje van Nieuwenhoven) and the second president elected in open elections (after Frans Weisglas). Verbeet was reelected as President of the House of Representatives on June 22, 2010, after the general elections of June 9, 2010.

On May 2, 2012 Verbeet made known that she will not stand for re-election as a Member of the House of Representatives and President of the House of Representatives for the Dutch general election of 2012 and wil retired from active politics.[2][3]

Personal[edit]

Verbeet is divorced from her first husband and remarried in 2010 with fellow Labour Party politician Wim Meijer after a relationship of three years. She has two sons; two stepdaughters and three grandchildren and lives in Amsterdam.

Decorations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Dutch) Gerdi Verbeet herkozen als kamervoorzitter, NU.nl, June 22, 2010
  2. ^ (Dutch) Kamervoorzitter Verbeet verlaat Tweede Kamer, NU.nl, May 2, 2012
  3. ^ (Dutch) Kamervoorzitter Verbeet vertrekt, NOS, May 2, 2012
  4. ^ (Dutch) Lintje voor vertrekkende Verbeet, NOS, September 19, 2012

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Political offices
Preceded by
Frans Weisglas
President of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands
2006-2012
Succeeded by
Anouchka van Miltenburg