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Jetta Klijnsma

Jetta Klijnsma
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Jetta Klijnsma in 2015
King's Commissioner of Drenthe

1 December 2017
MonarchWillem-Alexander
Jozias van Aartsen (Ad interim)
Member of the House of Representatives

17 June 2010 - 5 November 2012
Parliamentary groupLabour Party
State Secretary for Social Affairs
and Employment

5 November 2012 - 26 October 2017
Mark Rutte
Paul de Krom
Tamara van Ark

18 December 2008 - 23 February 2010
Jan Peter Balkenende
Ahmed Aboutaleb
Paul de Krom
Mayor of The Hague

1 January 2008 - 26 March 2008
Ad interim
Wim Deetman
Jozias van Aartsen
Personal details
Born
Jellejetta Klijnsma

(1957-03-18) 18 March 1957 (age 63)
Hoogeveen, Netherlands
NationalityDutch
Political partyLabour Party
ResidenceAssen, Netherlands
Alma materUniversity of Groningen
(Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts)
OccupationPolitician · Historian · Political consultant · Nonprofit director

Jellejetta "Jetta" Klijnsma (Dutch pronunciation: ['j?ta: 'kl?insma:]; born 18 March 1957) is a Dutch politician of the Labour Party (PvdA). She is the King's Commissioner of Drenthe since 1 December 2017.

Elected to the House of Representatives from 2010 to 2012, she focused on matters of culture, senior citizens, disabled people and medical ethics. Previously she was State Secretary for Social Affairs and Employment in the Fourth Balkenende cabinet (2008-2010) and an alderwoman of the municipality of The Hague (1998-2008). From 2012 to 2017 she was appointed again as State Secretary for Social Affairs and Employment, dealing with unemployment insurances, pay equality, long-term unemployment, poverty, and health and safety at work in the Second Rutte cabinet.[1]

Early life

Klijnsma was born 18 March 1957 in Hoogeveen.[1] She studied history at the University of Groningen, with a specialization in social history and economic history. After graduating she began to work for the Labour Party's parliamentary group. She was assistant to MPs André van der Louw, Marcel van Dam and Thijs Wöltgens.

Klijnsma has a physical handicap. She was born with spastic legs and only learned how to walk at age thirteen. She has a Reformed background but turned non-religious and became a member of the Dutch Humanist League.[2]

Political career

In 1990 she was elected to the municipal council of The Hague. In 1998 she became alderwoman for welfare, health and emancipation.[3] After the 2006 municipal elections she became responsible for culture and finance and also became vice-mayor. After Wim Deetman stepped down, she was mayor ad interim of The Hague and so became the first woman in that function.[]

In December 2008 she succeeded fellow Labour Party politician Ahmed Aboutaleb as State Secretary for Social Affairs and Employment in the Fourth Balkenende cabinet.[4][5] She was State Secretary until February 2010, when the Labour Party withdrew its support for Balkenende's government. An MP from 2010 to 2012, she was appointed again as Social Affairs State Secretary in the Second Rutte cabinet in November 2012, serving until the inauguration on 26 October 2017 of the Third Rutte cabinet which the PvdA does not support. On 1 November 2017 she was appointed King's Commissioner of the province of Drenthe after former The Hague Mayor Jozias van Aartsen was appointed in March 2017 as interim Commissioner; she took office on 1 December.[]

Decorations

Honours
Ribbon bar Honour Country Date Comment
Order of Orange-Nassau ribbon - Knight.svg Knight of the Order of Orange-Nassau Netherlands 14 February 2018

References

  1. ^ a b "Jetta Klijnsma Jetta Klijnsma State Secretary for Social Affairs and Employment". government.nl. Government of the Netherlands. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ (in Dutch) Humanist League website
  3. ^ Alexandre Dessingué; Jay M. Winter (14 August 2015). Beyond Memory: Silence and the Aesthetics of Remembrance. Routledge. pp. 25-. ISBN 978-1-317-42134-4.
  4. ^ Office for Official Publications Of The (2009). Official Directory of the European Union. Office for Official Publications of the European Communities.
  5. ^ IBP, Inc. (11 September 2015). Netherlands Investment and Business Guide Volume 1 Strategic and Practical Information. Lulu.com. pp. 39-. ISBN 978-1-5145-3025-2.

External links

Official
Political offices
Preceded by
Wim Deetman
Mayor of The Hague
Ad interim

2008
Succeeded by
Jozias van Aartsen
Preceded by
Ahmed Aboutaleb
State Secretary for Social Affairs
and Employment

2008-2010
2012-2017
Succeeded by
Paul de Krom
Preceded by
Paul de Krom
Succeeded by
Tamara van Ark
Preceded by
Jozias van Aartsen
Ad interim
King's Commissioner of Drenthe
2017-present
Incumbent

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