Schippers in 2015
|Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport|
14 October 2010 – 26 October 2017
|Prime Minister||Mark Rutte|
|Preceded by||Ab Klink|
|Succeeded by||Hugo de Jonge|
|Member of the House of Representatives|
20 September 2012 – 5 November 2012
3 June 2003 – 14 October 2010
Edith Ingeborg Schippers|
25 August 1964
|Political party||People's Party for Freedom and Democracy|
|Alma mater||Leiden University (Drs.)|
Employers' organisation official
Edith Ingeborg Schippers (born 25 August 1964) is a retired Dutch politician of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) who served as Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport from 2010 to 2017. She was a member of the House of Representatives from 2003 until 2010 and again, briefly, in 2012. Schippers was elected as Deputy Leader of the VVD in the House of Representatives in 2006, a position she served in until she was appointed to the First Rutte cabinet in 2010. After the second Rutte cabinet succeeded the latter, Schippers remained in her position.
Edith Schippers' alma mater is Leiden University, where she studied political science from 1985 till 1991. She also spent half a year studying at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India in 1990.
In 1993, Schippers became personal assistant to member of parliament Dick Dees. She served in this position until 1994, after which she became a staff member of the VVD parliamentary fraction dealing with healthcare, welfare and sports. After that, Schippers found employment at employers' organisation VNO-NCW. From 1997 until 2001, her portfolio as secretary for VNO-CNW included healthcare and the labour market and from 2001 until 2003 spatial planning.
Schippers was elected into the House of Representatives in the 2003 general election and was sworn in on 3 June of that year. Geert Wilders became her mentor. In 2006 she was elected as vice chairman of the VVD parliamentary party. Schippers considered this a great honour, but not her greatest success.
In 2010 she succeeded Ab Klink in becoming Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport in the first Rutte cabinet. She briefly returned to the House of Representatives after the 2012 general election, but left again when the continuation of her ministership in the second Rutte cabinet was confirmed.
As Minister of Health, Schippers was repeatedly accused of being a tobacco industry lobbyist, and was labeled "minister Tobacco", because she had ties to the tobacco industry and because she tried to revert the ban on smoking in bars and cafes. She also overcame three motions of no confidence in the House of Representatives.
One was issued in 2012, for not adequately informing the States General about the costs of bringing the Olympics to the Netherlands. In the same year another motion of no confidence was issued against her and minister Henk Bleker, for the way they treated the issues surrounding Q-fever. In 2013 a motion was issued regarding her actions with regards to fraud in the healthcare sector. In 2016 this issue regarding her actions with regards to fraud in the healthcare sector was investigated on a Dutch talkshow 
Schippers briefly returned to the political scene following the 2017 election, when parliamentary speaker Khadija Arib appointed Schippers as the so-called informateur, whose role is to explore possible governing alliances. In February 2018, she was speculated as a possible successor to the recently resigned Minister of Foreign Affairs Halbe Zijlstra, but she expressed that she was not available for another ministership, wanting instead to spend more time with her daughter.
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