Vera Bergkamp
Vera-Bergkamp (cropped).jpg
Bergkamp in 2017
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Assumed office
7 April 2021
Preceded byKhadija Arib
Member of the House of Representatives
Assumed office
20 September 2012
Personal details
Born (1971-06-01) 1 June 1971 (age 51)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Political partyDemocrats 66
Children2
ResidenceAmsterdam
Alma materHogeschool van Amsterdam
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (MSc)

Vera Alida Bergkamp (pronounced [ˈveːraː ʔaːˈlidaː ˈbɛr(ə)xkɑmp]; born 1 June 1971) is a Dutch politician. A member of the Democrats 66 (D66) party, she has been a member of the House of Representatives since 20 September 2012.[1] On 7 April 2021, she was elected Speaker of the House of Representatives.[2][3]

Early life and education

Bergkamp was born in Amsterdam to a Dutch mother and a Moroccan father.[4] At the age of 20, she adopted her mother's surname, because her father's surname was too difficult to write and to pronounce.[4][5] Bergkamp studied human resource management at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.[6] She also holds a master's degree in public administration and political science from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.[6]

Career

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.[1] From 2010 to 2012, she chaired the LGBT rights organisation COC Nederland, as well as held a seat in the district council of Amsterdam-Centrum.[1]

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.[3]

Personal life

Bergkamp is openly lesbian.[5] She is married and has two children.[7]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c "Drs. V.A. (Vera) Bergkamp". Parlement.com (in Dutch). Retrieved 10 April 2021.
  2. ^ "Vera Bergkamp (D66) gekozen tot Kamervoorzitter". NOS (in Dutch). 7 April 2021. Retrieved 7 April 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Vera Bergkamp (D66) verkozen tot Kamervoorzitter". NU.nl (in Dutch). 7 April 2021. Retrieved 7 April 2021.
  4. ^ a b Vermeulen, Ella (7 April 2021). "Vera Bergkamp nieuwe voorzitter van de Tweede Kamer". Nouveau (in Dutch). Retrieved 10 April 2021.
  5. ^ a b "'Teamspeler' Vera Bergkamp (D66) wil verbinder zijn". NOS (in Dutch). 7 April 2021. Retrieved 10 April 2021.
  6. ^ a b "Biografie, onderwijs en loopbaan van Vera Bergkamp". Tweede Kamer der Staten-Generaal (in Dutch). Archived from the original on 10 April 2021. Retrieved 10 April 2021.
  7. ^ "Vera Bergkamp (D66) nieuwe Kamervoorzitter: 'Dit is Champions League'". RTL Nieuws (in Dutch). 7 April 2021. Retrieved 10 April 2021.
Political offices Preceded byKhadija Arib Speaker of the House of Representatives 2021–present Incumbent