Tamara van Ark
Tamara van Ark 2018 (1).jpg
Minister for Medical Care
In office
9 July 2020 – 3 September 2021
Prime MinisterMark Rutte
Preceded byMartin van Rijn
Succeeded byVacant
State Secretary for Social Affairs
and Employment
In office
26 October 2017 – 9 July 2020
Prime MinisterMark Rutte
Preceded byJetta Klijnsma
Succeeded byBas van 't Wout
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
31 March 2021 – 3 September 2021
In office
17 June 2010 – 26 October 2017
Personal details
Born (1974-08-11) 11 August 1974 (age 48)
The Hague, Netherlands
Political partyPeople's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Children2 daughters
Residence(s)Nieuwerkerk aan den IJssel
Alma materErasmus University Rotterdam
(Bachelor of Public Administration, Master of Public Administration)
OccupationPolitician · Civil servant · Management consultant · Social worker

Tamara van Ark (born 11 August 1974) is a Dutch politician of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD). She served as Minister for Medical Care from 9 July 2020 until 3 September 2021 and as State Secretary for Social Affairs and Employment from 26 October 2017 until 9 July 2020 in the Cabinet Rutte III.

Early life and education

Van Ark received a propaedeutic diploma from the Rotterdam Hogeschool voor Economische Studies (now named the Rotterdam Business School) of the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences in 1994. She went subsequently to the Erasmus University Rotterdam where she obtained an MSc degree in Public Administration in 1998.[1]

Political career

Career in local politics

As a member of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy, Van Ark was an alderwoman of the former municipality of Nieuwerkerk aan den IJssel from 2004 to 2010 and of its successor, the Zuidplas municipality in 2010.[citation needed]

Career in national politics

In the 2010 Dutch general election, Van Ark was elected to the House of Representatives (or Second Chamber). As a parliamentarian from 17 June 2010, she focused on matters of long-term care. She was also involved, with other officeholders, with a law proposal against labour discrimination of homosexuals.[citation needed]

Van Ark was reelected to the House of Representatives in 2012 and 2017. She remaine a member of the House of Representatives until her appointment as State Secretary on 26 October 2017.

Minister of Medical Care, 2020–2021

On 9 July 2020, Van Ark succeeded Martin van Rijn as Minister for Medical Care.[2] Since 2020, she has also been a member of the Global Leaders Group on Antimicrobial Resistance, co-chaired by Sheikh Hasina and Mia Mottley.[3]

Following the 2021 national elections, Van Ark and Wouter Koolmees of the Democrats 66 party were chosen to lead their parties' negotiations on a coalition agreement.[4]

References

  1. ^ Members of Parliament: Tamara van Ark - website of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands
  2. ^ "Tamara van Ark to take over as medical care minister: Report". NL Times. Retrieved 10 February 2021.
  3. ^ Global Leaders Group on Antimicrobial Resistance World Health Organization.
  4. ^ Eline Schaart and William Adkins (March 25, 202), Coronavirus outbreak, resignations interrupt Dutch coalition talks Politico Europe.
Political offices Preceded byJetta Klijnsma State Secretary for Social Affairs and Employment 2017–2020 Succeeded byBas van 't Wout Preceded byMartin van Rijn Minister for Medical Care 2020–2021 Succeeded byVacant