Karen Jespersen

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Karen Moustgaard Jespersen (born 17 January 1947 in Copenhagen) is a Danish journalist and politician representing the party Venstre.

Career[edit]

Jespersen served as the editor of now defunct Politisk Revy magazine from 1974 to 1977.[1] She was a member of the Left Socialists, represented the Social Democrats and was Social Minister from 25 January 1993 to 28 January 1994 in the Cabinet of Poul Nyrup Rasmussen I, and 27 September 1994 to 23 February 2000 in the Cabinet of Poul Nyrup Rasmussen II, III and IV. She was Interior Minister 23 February 2000 to 27 November 2001 in the Cabinet of Poul Nyrup Rasmussen IV. She has been a member of the Folketing since 12 December 1990. On 12 September 2007 she replaced Eva Kjer Hansen as Social Minister and Minister for Equal Rights in the Cabinet of Anders Fogh Rasmussen II, thus becoming the first Danish politician to have represented both political wings as a government minister.[2] On 23 November 2007, the Ministry of Interior Affairs, Ministry of Family and Consumer Affairs and the Social Ministry were merged into a Ministry of Welfare, and Jespersen became Minister of Welfare in the Cabinet of Anders Fogh Rasmussen III. She held this post until April 2009 when Denmark changed prime ministers to Lars Løkke Rasmussen.[3]

Eisenhower Fellowships selected Karen Jespersen in 1987 to represent Denmark.

In the book Islamister og Naivister: et anklageskrift (Islamists and Naivists: a bill of indictment), which she wrote together with her husband, political commentator Ralf Pittelkow, she warns of an underestimation of the Islamist threat.

On 14 January 2007, she declared that she was no longer member of the Social Democrats.

In a press release 1 February 2007, the Liberal Party Venstre announced that Karen Jespersen had joined the party and would be a candidate for parliament (Folketinget) in the next election.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Governments - Denmark". VIPS. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Historiker: Jespersens tigerspring er historisk (2007-09-12). Politiken (in Danish). Retrieved on 2007-09-12.
  3. ^ "Løkke sætter sit første ministerhold" (in Danish). Politiken. 2009-04-07. Archived from the original on 2009-04-08. Retrieved 2009-04-07. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Else Winther Andersen
Social Minister of Denmark
25 January 1993 – 28 January 1994
Succeeded by
Bente Juncker
Preceded by
Yvonne Herløv Andersen
Social Minister of Denmark
27 September 1994 – 23 February 2000
Succeeded by
Henrik Dam Kristensen
Preceded by
Thorkild Simonsen
Interior Minister of Denmark
23 February 2000 – 27 November 2001
Succeeded by
Lars Løkke Rasmussen
Preceded by
Eva Kjer Hansen
Social Minister of Denmark
12 September 2007 – 23 November 2007
Succeeded by
Office abolished
Preceded by
Eva Kjer Hansen
Minister for Equal Rights of Denmark
2007 – 2009
Succeeded by
Inger Støjberg
Preceded by
New office
Minister for Social Welfare
2007 – 2009
Succeeded by
Karen Ellemann
(Minister of the Interior
and Social Affairs)