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Annemarie Jorritsma-Lebbink


Former Dutch Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Economic Affairs

Mrs. Annemarie Jorritsma-Lebbink was born on June 1, 1950 in Hengelo, in the Province of Gelderland.

After graduating from the Upper Secondary School for Girls ("MMS") in 1967, she trained at the School for Tourism in Breda, where she obtained her certificate in 1969. She subsequently worked at a travel agency and in an export management firm. Later she studied French.

Mrs. Jorritsma-Lebbink was a member of the Municipal Council of Bolsward (in the Province of Friesland) between 1978 and 1989 and served as an MP from 1982 to 1994 on behalf of the Liberal Democratic Party (VVD). During the latter period she acted as parliamentary party spokesperson on transport and water management-related issues.

Mrs. Jorritsma-Lebbink has also held the posts of Secretary of the Liberal Democrats' Provincial Women's Association and Deputy Member of the Advisory Council of Liberal Democratic Women. She was member of the home-ownership committee of the Housing Experiments Steering Group. Mrs. Jorritsma-Lebbink held a seat on the Board of Management of The Hague-based "Nieuwspoort" International Press Centre and held memberships of "Berie foar it Frysk" (the Provincial Council for the Promotion for the Frisian Language), the Board of Trustees of the Thorbecke Academy and the Board of the Highrise Building Foundation.

On August 22, 1994 Mrs. Jorritsma-Lebbink was appointed Minister of Transport, Public Works and Water Management in the first cabinet of Prime Minister Wim Kok.

On August 3, 1998 she was appointed Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Economic Affairs in the second cabinet of Prime Minister Wim Kok.

On July 22, 2002 she returned to Parliament.


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