Ank Bijleveld

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Her Excellency
Ank Bijleveld
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Ank Bijleveld in 2018
Minister of Defence
Assumed office
26 October 2017
Prime Minister Mark Rutte
Preceded by Klaas Dijkhoff
King's Commissioner of Overijssel
In office
1 January 2011 – 26 October 2017
Monarch Queen Beatrix
(2011–2013)
King Willem-Alexander
(2013–2017)
Preceded by Geert Jansen
Succeeded by Andries Heidema
State Secretary for the Interior
and Kingdom Relations
In office
22 February 2007 – 14 October 2010
Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende
Preceded by Rob Hessing
Succeeded by Raymond Knops (2017)
Mayor of Hof van Twente
In office
1 January 2001 – 22 February 2007
Preceded by Office established
Succeeded by Hans Kok
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
17 June 2010 – 1 January 2011
In office
16 November 1989 – 16 January 2001
Parliamentary group Christian Democratic Appeal
Personal details
Born Anna Theodora Bernardina Schouten
(1962-03-17) 17 March 1962 (age 56)
IJsselmuiden, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Political party Christian Democratic Appeal
Spouse(s)
Riekele Bijleveld (m. 1984)
Children 2 daughters
Residence Goor, Netherlands
Alma mater University of Twente
(Bachelor of Public Administration, Master of Public Administration)
Occupation Politician · Civil servant
Website (in English) Minister of Defence

Anna Theodora Bernardina "Ank" Bijleveld–Schouten (born 17 March 1962) is a Dutch politician of the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA). She is the Minister of Defence in the Cabinet Rutte III since 26 October 2017.[1]

Bijleveld a civil servant by occupation, previously served as a Member of the House of Representatives from 16 November 1989 until 16 January 2001 when she was nominated as Mayor of Hof van Twente serving from 1 January 2001 until 22 February 2007 when she resigned after she was appointed as State Secretary for the Interior and Kingdom Relations in the Cabinet Balkenende IV serving from 22 February 2007 until 14 October 2010. After the election of 2010 Bijleveld returned to the House of Representatives serving from 17 June 2010 until 1 January 2011 when she resigned after she was appointed as King's Commissioner of Overijssel. Following the election of 2017 Bijleveld was asked to become Minister of Defence in the Cabinet Rutte III. Bijleveld accepted and resigned as King's Commissioner of Overijssel the same day she took office as the new Minister of Defence on 26 October 2017.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Bijleveld was born in the Dutch province of Overijssel. Between 1980 and 1986, she studied public administration at the University of Twente.

Politics[edit]

In 1986 she became a member of the Enschede municipal council for the Christian Democratic Appeal. She served as a Member of the House of Representatives from 16 November 1989 until 16 January 2001. She was Mayor of Hof van Twente from 1 January 2001 until 22 February 2007, when she resigned to become the State secretary for the Interior and Kingdom Relations in the Fourth Balkenende cabinet until 14 October 2010. On 17 June 2010 she again became a member of the House of Representatives. She was an MP till 1 January 2011 when she became King's Commissioner of Overijssel.[2]

She left that position in 2017 as she was appointed to be Minister of Defence.

Personal life[edit]

Bijleveld is married to Riekele Bijleveld since 1984 and has two daughters. She is a Roman Catholic.

Decorations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (in Dutch) "Defensieminister Ank Bijleveld (CDA) kent Den Haag op haar duimpje". NOS. 23 October 2017. Retrieved 7 February 2018.
  2. ^ (in Dutch) Ank Bijleveld-Schouten benoemd tot CdK Overijssel

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Official
Political offices
New title Mayor of Hof van Twente
2001–2007
Succeeded by
Hans Kok
Preceded by
Rob Hessing
State Secretary for the Interior
and Kingdom Relations

2007–2010
Succeeded by
Raymond Knops
(2017)
Preceded by
Geert Jansen
King's Commissioner of Overijssel
2011–2017
Succeeded by
Andries Heidema
Preceded by
Klaas Dijkhoff
Minister of Defence
2017–present
Incumbent