Patricia van der Kammen

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Patricia van der Kammen
Member of the European Parliament for the Netherlands
In office
27 September 2012 – 1 July 2014
Member of the States of North Brabant
Assumed office
10 March 2011
Personal details
Born (1972-04-08) 8 April 1972 (age 45)
Heerlen, Netherlands
Political party Party for Freedom
Alma mater Tilburg University

Patricia van der Kammen (born 8 April 1972) is a Dutch politician. She served as a member of the European Parliament for the Party for Freedom between 27 September 2012 and 1 July 2014. She has been member of the States of North Brabant since 10 March 2011.

Early life and career[edit]

Van der Kammen was born on 8 April 1972 in Heerlen. She studied psychology at the Tilburg University and graduated in 1999.[1] Van der Kammen then started working as a policy employee at the same institution.[1]

Political career[edit]

Since 10 March 2011 Van der Kammen is a member of the States of North Brabant. In September 2011 she introduced a motion in which she called to stop or reduce the support of pay provided to ex-States-Provincial members in North Brabant.[2] Van der Kammen was likely to be elected to the European Parliament when the Netherlands, and with it the Party for Freedom, gained another seat to the Parliament in December 2011. However, the seat the Party for Freedom gained went to Daniël van der Stoep, who previously had been a member but had resigned in September 2011. Van der Stoep was allowed to return because he was the highest listed candidate on the original Party for Freedom candidate list who wished to enter the European Parliament, the Party for Freedom however did not allow him to return to their party.[3] The return of Van der Stoep to Parliament had been unexpected and Van der Kammen had already been announced as member on the Parliament website.[4] However, Van der Kammen succeeded Barry Madlener in the European Parliament in September 2012 while remaining a member of the States-Provincial of North Brabant. Madlener, who was number eight on the candidate list of the Party for Freedom for the Dutch general election, 2012, was chosen to the House of Representatives. Van der Kammen herself had been number 32 and was not chosen.[3] During her time in the European Parliament she was on political leave from her job at Tilburg University, and was allowed to return when she wanted.[5]

Her term ended on 1 July 2014. Van der Kammen had been member amongst others of the Committee on Transport and Tourism and the Delegation for relations with the Korean Peninsula.[1] She decided not to return to the European Parliament for personal and health reasons.[6]


  1. ^ a b c "Drs. P. (Patricia) van der Kammen" (in Dutch). Retrieved 3 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Wouter Boonstra (12 September 2012). "PVV Brabant wil wachtgeld Statenleden afschaffen" (in Dutch). Retrieved 3 November 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Patricia van der Kammen volgt Madlener op" (in Dutch). 10 September 2012. Retrieved 3 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Shari Deira (7 December 2011). "PVV'er Van der Stoep terug in Europees Parlement" (in Dutch). Elsevier. Retrieved 3 November 2013. 
  5. ^ Malini Witlox (25 September 2012). "Van der Kammen: 'PVV is geen nee-stemmer uit principe'" (in Dutch). Retrieved 3 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "PVV-Europarlementariër Van der Kammen stopt" (in Dutch). de Telegraaf. 11 February 2014. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 

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