Carola Schouten

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Her Excellency
Carola Schouten
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Schouten in 2017
Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands
Assumed office
26 October 2017
Serving with Hugo de Jonge
and Kajsa Ollongren
Prime Minister Mark Rutte
Preceded by Lodewijk Asscher
Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality
Assumed office
26 October 2017
Prime Minister Mark Rutte
Preceded by Position reestablished
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
18 May 2011 – 26 October 2017
Personal details
Born Cornelia Johanna Schouten
(1977-10-06) 6 October 1977 (age 41)
's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Political party Christian Union
Residence Rotterdam, Netherlands
Alma mater Erasmus University Rotterdam (MSc in business administration)
Occupation Politician, civil servant

Cornelia Johanna "Carola" Schouten (born 6 October 1977) is a Dutch politician for the Christian Union. She became a member of the House of Representatives on 18 May 2011, replacing André Rouvoet. On 26 October 2017 she left the House of Representatives to become Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality and third Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands in the Third Rutte cabinet.

As an MP she focused on the improvement of housing, financial and economic affairs, higher education and the maintenance of the pension scheme. Schouten originates from Giessen in the Land of Heusden and Altena. She studied business administration at Erasmus University Rotterdam and worked at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment and for the parliamentary group of the Christian Union.

Carola Schouten is single, has a child and is a member of the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands (Liberated). She lives in Rotterdam.

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