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|
1 January 2011 – 26 October 2017
Queen Beatrix |
|Preceded by||Geert Jansen|
|Succeeded by||Andries Heidema|
|State Secretary for the Interior |
and Kingdom Relations
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|
1 January 2001 – 22 February 2007
|Preceded by||Office established|
|Succeeded by||Hans Kok|
|Member of the House of Representatives|
17 June 2010 – 1 January 2011
16 November 1989 – 16 January 2001
|Parliamentary group||Christian Democratic Appeal|
Anna Theodora Bernardina Schouten|
17 March 1962
|Political party||Christian Democratic Appeal|
Riekele Bijleveld (m. 1984)
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.
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.
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.
She left that position in 2017 as she was appointed to be Minister of Defence.
Bijleveld is married to Riekele Bijleveld since 1984 and has two daughters. She is a Roman Catholic.
- Order of Orange-Nassau
- Knight (16 January 2001)
- (in Dutch) "Defensieminister Ank Bijleveld (CDA) kent Den Haag op haar duimpje". NOS. 23 October 2017. Retrieved 7 February 2018.
- (in Dutch) Ank Bijleveld-Schouten benoemd tot CdK Overijssel
- (in Dutch) Drs. A.Th.B. (Ank) Bijleveld-Schouten Parlement & Politiek
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|New title|| Mayor of Hof van Twente
| State Secretary for the Interior
and Kingdom Relations
| King's Commissioner of Overijssel
| Minister of Defence