Stientje van Veldhoven
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Van Veldhoven in 2017
Minister for the Environment and Housing
Assumed office
1 November 2019
Prime MinisterMark Rutte
Preceded byPosition established
State Secretary for Infrastructure and Water Management
In office
26 October 2017 – 1 November 2019
Prime MinisterMark Rutte
Preceded bySharon Dijksma
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
17 June 2010 – 26 October 2017
Personal details
Born (1973-06-22) 22 June 1973 (age 48)
Utrecht, Netherlands
NationalityDutch
Political partyDemocrats 66
Alma materUniversity of Groningen

Stientje van Veldhoven-van der Meer (born 22 June 1973) is a Dutch politician serving as Minister for the Environment and Housing in the Third Rutte cabinet since 2019. A member of the Democrats 66 (D66) party, she served as State Secretary for Infrastructure and Water Management from 2017 to 2019.

Career

A diplomat and civil servant by occupation, Van Veldhoven studied policy and management in international organisations at the University of Groningen. She worked at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy and for the European Union in Brussels. She was elected political talent of the year 2012/2013 by the Dutch national radio and television broadcaster, Nederlandse Omroep Stichting (NOS).

She was elected to the House of Representatives from 17 June 2010 until her appointment as State Secretary for Infrastructure and Water Management. As a parliamentarian, she focused on matters of climate, energy, natural environment, agriculture, fishery, animal rights and development aid. In 2019, she was appointed minister without portfolio at the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations.

References

Political offices Preceded bySharon Dijksma State Secretary for Infrastructure and Water Management 2017–2019 Succeeded byPosition abolished Preceded byPosition established Minister for the Environment and Housing 2019–present Incumbent