Gerard Schouw

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Gerard Schouw

Adrianus Gerardus (Gerard) Schouw (born December 30, 1965 in Monster, South Holland) is a Dutch politician. As a member of Democrats 66 (D66) he has been an MP since June 17, 2010. He focuses on matters of the European Union, democracy, judiciary and the right of asylum.


Schouw studied administration of business at Hogeschool Delft, public administration at VU University Amsterdam and obtained a Ph.D. in law from Leiden University.

From 1990 to 1998 he was a member of the municipal council of Dordrecht and from 1994 to 1998 an alderman of Dordrecht. From 1999 to 2002 he was D66 chairman. From 2003 to 2010 he was a member of the Senate as well as from 2007 to 2010 Senate group leader. Since June 2011 he has been a member of the House of Representatives. In 2012 he tried in vain to obtain the Presidency of the House of Representatives. He competed against Anouchka van Miltenburg and Khadija Arib, with Van Miltenburg winning the election.[1]

On May 20, 2015 he announced to retire from politics. Per August 1, 2015 he will become director of Nefarma, a Dutch organisation for the pharmaceutical industry.[2]

Besides his political activities Schouw was director of the Dutch knowledge centre for big cities (Kenniscentrum Grote Steden) from 2001 to 2007. Since 2007 he has been president of the board of directors of the Netherlands Institute for City Innovation Studies (Nicis Institute).


  1. ^ Servaas van der Laan (25 September 2012). "VVD'er Van Miltenburg nieuwe voorzitter Tweede Kamer" (in Dutch). Elsevier. Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "Schouw (D66) verlaat Tweede Kamer" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Omroep Stichting. 20 May 2015. Retrieved 20 May 2015. 

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