Marleen Vanderpoorten

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Marleen Vanderpoorten
Speaker of the Flemish Parliament
In office
13 July 2006 – 13 July 2009
Preceded by Norbert De Batselier
Succeeded by Jan Peumans
Personal details
Born (1954-07-21) 21 July 1954 (age 60)
Lier, Belgium
Political party Open Flemish Liberals and Democrats
Alma mater University of Ghent

Marleen Caroline Valère Vanderpoorten (born 21 July 1954 in Lier) is a Flemish politician and member of the Flemish Liberals and Democrats (VLD). She is a daughter of Herman Vanderpoorten and a granddaughter of Arthur Vanderpoorten. She obtained a degree in history from the University of Ghent (Ghent, Belgium)

From 1999 to 2004 she was the Minister of Education in the Flemish Government. On 12 July 2006 she succeeded Norbert De Batselier as President of the Flemish Parliament, and on 13 July 2009 Jan Peumans succeeded her.

Political career[edit]

  • Municipal Councillor in Lier (since 1989)
  • Alderman in Lier (1989–1995)
  • Mayor of Lier (1995–1999 and since 2004)
  • Provincial Councillor in Antwerp (1987–1991)
  • Member of the Flemish Parliament (1995–1999 and since 2004)
  • Minister of Education in the Flemish Government (1999–2004)
  • President of the Flemish Parliament (2006–2009)

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Political offices
Preceded by
Norbert De Batselier
Speaker of the Flemish Parliament
Succeeded by
Jan Peumans