|Speaker of the House of Representatives|
|Assumed office |
7 April 2021
|Preceded by||Khadija Arib|
|Member of the House of Representatives|
|Assumed office |
20 September 2012
|Born||1 June 1971|
|Political party||Democrats 66|
|Alma mater||Hogeschool van Amsterdam |
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (MSc)
Vera Alida Bergkamp (pronounced [ˈveːraː aːˈlidaː ˈbɛrxkɑmp]; born 1 June 1971) is a Dutch politician of Democrats 66 (D66). She has been a member of the House of Representatives since 20 September 2012. On 7 April 2021, she was elected Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Early life and education
Bergkamp was born in Amsterdam to a Dutch mother and a Moroccan father. At the age of 20, she adopted her mother's surname, because her father's surname was too difficult to write and to pronounce. Bergkamp studied human resource management at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. She also holds a master's degree in public administration and political science from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
From 2008 to 2012, Bergkamp was the director of the human resources department of the Social Insurance Bank (SVB), a Dutch quango responsible for administering national insurance schemes. From 2010 to 2012, she was the chair of the LGBT rights organisation COC Nederland, and held a seat in the district council of Amsterdam-Centrum.
In the 2012 general election, Bergkamp was elected into the House of Representatives as a member of D66. She was re-elected in 2017 and 2021. On 7 April 2021, she succeeded Khadija Arib as Speaker of the House of Representatives.
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