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|Member of the European Parliament|
1 July 2014
13 July 2010 – 24 May 2014
5 July 2007 – 6 June 2009
7 June 2009 – 6 May 2010
|Member of the Flemish Parliament|
7 June 2009
13 June 2004 – 6 June 2009
9 August 1968 |
|Political party||Nieuw-Vlaamse Alliantie|
Born deaf, she went to a special school for deaf people in Hasselt, but later switched to a normal school in Sint-Truiden. After spending a year in St. Louis, Missouri, she studied law at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. Then she went back to the United States and obtained a master's degree at the Law School of the University of California in Berkeley in 1993–94.
In 1996, she started working for the European Union of the Deaf (EUD) and was active in the Federation of Flemish Deaf Organisations.
Stevens became politically active and was for the first time candidate in 1999 for the Belgian Senate on the People's Union list (10th place). She was again candidate for Senate in 2003 on the New Flemish Alliance list (3rd place).
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