Lousewies van der Laan

Louse Wies Sija Anne Lilly Berthe (Lousewies) van der Laan (Rotterdam, February 18, 1966) is a former Dutch politician and the leader of the parliamentary group of the social liberal Democrats 66 (D66) in the Lower House for six months in 2006. She was a Member of the European Parliament between 1999 and 2003 in the ELDR group.

Life before politics

In her youth, Van der Laan lived in Belgium, Germany, and the United States.

She finished high school at the German School in Washington, DC. She obtained an international baccalaureate at Armand Hammer United World College of the American West (In Montezuma, New Mexico). After graduating in 1984, Van der Laan moved to the Netherlands to study law at the University of Leiden. She specialized in International and European Law and graduated in 1990. Between 1990 and 1991 she studied international relations at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University at Bologna. After an internship at Greenpeace in Brussels, she became an intern at the cabinet of Dutch European Commissioner Frans Andriessen. [Parliamentary Documentation Centre, [http://www.parlement.com/9291000/biof/02454 Biography of L.W.S.A.L.B. van der Laan] (in dutch)]

Between 1991 and 1994 she worked for TACIS of the European Commission, where she was responsible for environmental projects. In 1995 she worked as an environmental specialist for the EBRD in London. Between 1995 and 1997 she worked for the Cabinet of Dutch European Commissioner for External Relations, Hans van den Broek. In 1997 she became his spokesperson. [Parliamentary Documentation Centre, [http://www.parlement.com/9291000/biof/02454 Biography of L.W.S.A.L.B. van der Laan] (in dutch)]

Political life

In 1999 she became head of the D66 list for the European Elections. She became chairwoman of the parliamentary party and member of the parliamentary party board of the ELDR. In the European Parliament she was active on a range of issue focusing on civil liberties, environmental affairs, budget and foreign affairs. In the European Parliament she was vice-chairwoman of the Committee on Budget Control between 1999 and 2002, vice-chairwoman of the Committee on Liberties and Civil Rights, Justice and Home Affairs between 2002 and 2003. She was member of the Committee on the Rights of the Woman and Equal Chances between 1999 and 2003, the delegation for relations with the Palestinian Authority between 1999 and 2002. Between 1999 and 2002 she was a substitute for the Committee on Environmental Protection, Public Health and Consumers' Policy and a substitute for the delegation for relations with Slovakia. Between 2002 and 2003 she was a substitute for the Budget Committee. She founded the Intergroup on Food Safety, the Campaign for Parliamentary Reform. [Parliamentary Documentation Centre, [http://www.parlement.com/9291000/biof/02454 Biography of L.W.S.A.L.B. van der Laan] (in dutch)]

In 2003 she switched to the Dutch Parliament. She was the spokeswoman of her party on foreign affairs, higher education, justice, technology, European affairs and gay rights. She was the vice-chairwoman of the parliamentary party and the chairwoman of the parliamentary committee on technology policy and vice-chairwoman of the committee on European affairs. In 2004, she and her husband, Dennis Hesseling [NRC Handelsblad newspaper(Zaterdags Bijvoegsel) "Hollands Dagboek"
"Lousewies van der Laan (39) is Tweede-Kamerlid voor D66. Samen met haar man Dennis Hesseling heeft ze een zoon van 1, Helix."/"Lousewies van der Laan (39) is member of the parliament for D66. Together with her husband Dennis Hesseling, she has a son of one years old, called Helix" (Retrieved February 2006) [http://www.d66.nl/news/item/test3/3716?mid= available online on the website of D66]
] , a mathematician [Bus, Evelien Drs. "Dennis Hesseling:Wiskunde alleen was te saai geweest"/"Dennis Hesseling: Only mathematics would have been too boring" on the "Kennislink" website (21 July 2004) , financed by the Dutch government
"Dennis Hesseling studeerde wiskunde in Utrecht en Kopenhagen van 1988 tot 1994."/"Dennis Hesseling studied mathematics in Utrecht and Copenhagen from 1988 until 1994." [http://www.kennislink.nl/web/show?id=114771] (Retrieved Feb. 2006)
] , had a son that they named "Helix". [Dohmen, Jean and Sandra Donker, "Interview with Lousewies van der Laan: God is gekaapt"/"God has been hijacked" in the Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad
"Mijn zoon is nu acht maanden, hij heet Helix. [..] De dubbele helix is de structuur van het menselijk DNA. "/"My son is now 8 months old. His name is Helix [..] The double helix is the structure of the human DNA" [http://www.d66.nl/news/item/tet/3440?mid=] (Retrieved Feb. 2006)
] Van der Laan, who speaks English and Dutch fluently, is raising her son bilingually.

She assumed the parliamentary leadership of D66 in the Lower House on February 3 2006, succeeding Boris Dittrich. Dittrich stepped down after the debate on sending Dutch troops to the Afghan province of Uruzgan. [Parliamentary Documentation Centre, [http://www.parlement.com/9291000/biof/02454 Biography of L.W.S.A.L.B. van der Laan] (in dutch)]

Lousewies van der Laan lost out to Alexander Pechtold in the June 2006 D66 leadership election. [Parliamentary Documentation Centre, [http://www.parlement.com/9291000/biof/02454 Biography of L.W.S.A.L.B. van der Laan] (in dutch)]

Van der Laan played a significant role in the downfall of the Second Balkenende cabinet by supporting a motion of no confidence against Minister Rita Verdonk regarding Verdonk's behavior in the matter of Ayaan Hirsi Ali's citizenship. On August 4, 2006, she announced that she will retire from Dutch parliament after the 2006 elections. [Parliamentary Documentation Centre, [http://www.parlement.com/9291000/biof/02454 Biography of L.W.S.A.L.B. van der Laan] (in dutch)]

References

External links

* [http://www.lousewiesvanderlaan.nl/lp_en.html English page at Lousewies van der Laan's website]
* [http://www.d66.nl/homepage D66 website] (in Dutch)


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • 2006 Democrats 66 leadership election — The Dutch social liberal party, Democrats 66 (D66), has held a lijsttrekker election for June 24, 2006. The elections were won by the Minister for Government Reform and Kingdom Relations Alexander Pechtold, runner up was the chair of the… …   Wikipedia

  • 2006 D66 leadership election — The Dutch social liberal party, Democrats 66 (D66), has held a lijsttrekker election for June 24, 2006. The elections were won by the Minister for Government Reform and Kingdom Relations Alexander Pechtold, runner up was the chair of the… …   Wikipedia

  • List of Dutch atheists — This is an alphabetical list of Dutch people who have been identified as atheists. The people on this list have either expressed disbelief in God or gods, have self confirmed being an atheist or have been identified as such by a reliable… …   Wikipedia

  • Second Balkenende cabinet — Netherlands This article is part of the series: Politics and government of the Netherlands …   Wikipedia

  • Democrats 66 — Democraten 66 Leader Alexander Pechtold Party Chairperson Ingrid van Engelshoven …   Wikipedia

  • Netherlands cabinet Balkenende-2 — The second cabinet of Jan Peter Balkenende of the Netherlands formed on 27 May 2003. It consisted of three political parties: People s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD), Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA), and Democrats 66 (D66), which is the… …   Wikipedia

  • Democraten 66 — Demokraten 66 Partei­vor­sit­zende Ingrid van Engelshoven Part …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • List of vegetarians — This is a list of notable people with articles in Wikipedia who are known to be vegetarians. AustraliaVegans*Andrew Bartlett *Peter Brock *Tom Crease *Bernard Fanning *Andrew G *Jay and the Doctor *Steve Kilbey *Fiona Nash *Peter Singer *Peter… …   Wikipedia

  • D66 — Democraten 66 (D66) sind eine linksliberale Partei in den Niederlanden. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Gründung und Ziele 2 Geschichte 2.1 Linke Regierungsbeteiligung in den 1970e …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • 2006 in the Netherlands — See also: 2005 in the Netherlands, other events of 2006, 2007 in the Netherlands EventsJanuary*January 1: A redivision of local government in South Holland and Utrecht comes into effect. Eleven existing municipalities are merged to form three new …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.