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Een Nederlandse journaliste en politica. Voorzitter van de Tweede Kamer sinds 2012. | The current President of the House of Representatives.
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Anouchka van Miltenburg Biography

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Anouchka van Miltenburg (Utrecht, 20 april 1967) is een Nederlandse journaliste en politica. Namens de Volkspartij voor Vrijheid en Democratie (VVD) is zij lid van de Tweede Kamer van het Nederlandse parlement. Op 25 september 2012 werd zij gekozen tot voorzitter van de Tweede Kamer.

 

Tot augustus 2010 was Van Miltenburg voorzitter van de Vaste Kamercommissie voor Defensie. Eerder was zij voor de VVD al eens woordvoerder op de terreinen AWBZ (Algemene Wet Bijzondere Ziektekosten) en WMO, medisch-ethische kwesties, welzijn, ouderenbeleid, gehandicaptenbeleid en media.

 

Kamervoorzitterschap

Op 25 september 2012 werd Van Miltenburg gekozen tot voorzitter van de Tweede Kamer. Anouchka van Miltenburg volgde Gerdi Verbeet (PvdA) op, die de functie van 2006 tot 2012 vervulde. Van Miltenburg versloeg in de derde schriftelijke stemronde Khadija Arib (PvdA) met respectievelijk 90 tegen 56 stemmen.

 

Als Kamervoorzitter wil ze het gebruik van elektronische stemkastjes invoeren en werken aan een papierloos parlement. Tevens wil ze stimuleren dat Kamerleden tablet-pc's gaan gebruiken.

 

Zij kreeg meerdere malen in anonieme uitingen van Kamerleden kritiek op haar functioneren. Op 25 april 2013 gebeurde dat voor het eerst in een plenaire zitting toen CDA-leider Buma haar verweet "erg sterk sturend in een bepaalde richting" op te treden omdat zij een spoeddebat met staatssecretaris Frans Weekers, partijgenoot van haar, zou hebben willen voorkomen. Later schaarde CU-Kamerlid Voordewind, collega van Van Miltenburg in het Presidium van de Tweede Kamer, zich achter die kritiek.

 

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Anouchka van Miltenburg (born April 20, 1967) is a Dutch politician of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD). She has been the President of the House of Representatives since September 25, 2012 and a Member of the House of Representatives since January 30, 2003.

 

Early life

Van Miltenburg attended Mavo in Utrecht from 1979 until 1984 when she studied for a year at the Prince of Wales College in Vancouver. From 1984 until 1986 she attended a Havo in Nieuwegein. After that she began a study in journalism at the journalism school in Tilburg and graduated in 1991. From 1991 until 2001 she worked as a freelance journalist for various media companies (Brabants Dagblad, NOS). And from 1992 until 1993 she worked as a teacher at a media school in 's-Hertogenbosch.

 

Personal

Anouchka van Miltenburg has been married to Chris Halkes since 1991 and has three children, she lives in Zaltbommel. She is a member of the Catholic Church. In the 1990s Van Miltenburg was the lead singer of a rock band called Blow Smoke.

 

Politics

On March 14, 2002 she was elected as a member of the municipal council in her hometown of Zaltbommel for the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy. She left the municipal council on January 1, 2003 when she became a candidate for the House of Representatives during the Dutch general election of 2003. On January 30, 2003 she has become a Member of the House of Representatives and has been re-elected ever since. Her main focuses was on matters of mass media and medical ethics. On September 20, 2012 she announced her candidacy to succeed Gerdi Verbeet as President of the House of Representatives. Verbeet retired after six-years and this left the high office open. Van Miltenburg defeated fellow former journalist Ton Elias in a internal election in the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy. Van Miltenburg went on to win the presidency after defeating her two rival candidates, Khadija Arib of the Labour Party and Gerard Schouw of the Democrats 66 in the main election and was installed as president the same day on September 25, 2012.

 

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2013-05-23

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