|State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy|
|Assumed office |
26 October 2017
|Prime Minister||Mark Rutte|
|Preceded by||Martijn van Dam|
|Member of the House of Representatives|
20 September 2012 – 26 October 2017
Maria Cornelia Gezina Keijzer
9 October 1968
|Political party||Christian Democratic Appeal|
|Alma mater||University of Amsterdam (LLM, MA)|
|Occupation||Politician, lawyer, mediator, civil servant|
Maria Cornelia Gezina "Mona" Keijzer (born 9 October 1968) is a Dutch politician and former civil servant serving as State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy alongside Dilan Yesilgöz-Zegerius since 2017. A member of the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA), she previously served in the House of Representatives (2012–2017). She focused on matters of nursing, home care and culture. Before becoming a full-time politician she worked as an environmental jurist for the municipalities of Waterland and Almere, as well as for the province of Gelderland.
Studies and family
Keijzer was born in Edam and studied juridical public administration and public law at the University of Amsterdam. She is married to a urologist and has five sons. She lives in Ilpendam and belongs to the Roman Catholic Church. Her father-in-law is a former alderman of Waterland for the CDA.
Keijzer started her political career as a member of the municipal council of Waterland from 1996 to 2002 and was later an alderwoman from 1998 to 2006. Subsequently, she worked as a lawyer and mediator in 2005 and 2006. Afterwards she was an alderwoman of neighbouring municipality of Purmerend from 2007 to 2012.
In 2012, she tried to obtain the position of lijsttrekker for the general election of 2012. Although performing unexpectedly well in the elections, she let Sybrand van Haersma Buma go first; placing second on the list of candidates, she received about 127,000 votes.
In 2020, she tried to obtain the position of lijsttrekker for the general election of 2021.
In a joint statement in October 2020, Keijzer and her French counterpart Cédric O called for a European Union authority to regulate large technology companies and argued that such an authority should be able to prevent digital platforms from blocking access to their services “unless they have an objective justification.”
- Mathieu Rosemain and Douglas Busvine (15 October 2020), France, Netherlands call for an EU watchdog to regulate tech giants Reuters.
- (in Dutch) Parlement.com biography
- (in Dutch) 'Mona Keijzer Frisse stratege die hard voor de troepen uitloopt; Het Dinsdagprofiel', de Volkskrant, 15 May 2012
- (in Dutch) House of Representatives biography
- Curriculum Vitae Mona Keijzer, Government of the Netherlands
Martijn van Dam
| State Secretary for Economic Affairs
and Climate Policy