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Anouchka van Miltenburg

Anouchka van Miltenburg (born 20 April 1967) is a retired Dutch politician of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD). She was the Speaker of the House of Representatives from 25 September 2012 until 12 December 2015 and served as a member of the House of Representatives between 30 January 2003 and 23 March 2017.

Anouchka van Miltenburg
Speaker of the House of Representatives
In office
25 September 2012 (2012-09-25) – 12 December 2015 (2015-12-12)
Preceded byGerdi Verbeet
Succeeded byKhadija Arib
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
30 January 2003 (2003-01-30) – 23 March 2017 (2017-03-23)
Personal details
Anouchka van Miltenburg

(1967-04-20) 20 April 1967 (age 52)
Utrecht, Netherlands
Political partyPeople's Party for Freedom and Democracy
Spouse(s)Chris Halkes (since 1991)
ResidenceZaltbommel, Netherlands
WebsiteOfficial site


Early lifeEdit

Van Miltenburg attended a MAVO in Utrecht from 1979 until 1984 when she studied for a year at the Prince of Wales College in Vancouver. From 1984 until 1986 she attended a Havo in Nieuwegein. After that she began a study in journalism at the journalism school in Tilburg and graduated in 1991. From 1991 until 2001 she worked as a freelance journalist for various media companies (Brabants Dagblad, NOS). And from 1992 until 1993 she worked as a teacher at a media school in 's-Hertogenbosch.


On 14 March 2002 she was elected as a member of the municipal council in her hometown of Zaltbommel for the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy. She left the municipal council on 1 January 2003 when she became a candidate for the House of Representatives during the Dutch general election of 2003. On 30 January 2003 she became Member of the House of Representatives and was re-elected each time until the 2017 elections. Her main focus was on matters of mass media and medical ethics. On 20 September 2012 she announced her candidacy to succeed Gerdi Verbeet as Speaker of the House of Representatives. Verbeet retired after six-years and this left the high office open. Van Miltenburg defeated fellow former journalist Ton Elias in an internal election in the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy.[1] Van Miltenburg went on to win the presidency after defeating her two rival candidates, Khadija Arib of the Labour Party and Gerard Schouw of the Democrats 66 in the main election and was installed as president the same day on 25 September 2012.[2][3] Van Miltenburg resigned as Speaker of the House on 12 December 2015.[4] Her term as member of the House ended on 23 March 2017.[5]


Anouchka van Miltenburg has been married to Chris Halkes since 1991 and has three children, she lives in Zaltbommel. She is a member of the Catholic Church.[6] In the 1990s Van Miltenburg was the lead singer of a rock band called Blow Smoke.[7]


  1. ^ (in Dutch) Interne strijd VVD over voorzitterschap Kamer, RTL Nieuws, September 20, 2012
  2. ^ (in Dutch) Anouchka van Miltenburg nieuwe Kamervoorzitter, RTL Nieuws, September 25, 2012
  3. ^ (in Dutch) Van Miltenburg nieuwe voorzitter, NOS, September 25, 2012
  4. ^ "Kamervoorzitter Van Miltenburg treedt af om Teeven-deal" (in Dutch). December 12, 2015. Retrieved December 14, 2015.
  5. ^ "A. (Anouchka) van Miltenburg" (in Dutch). Retrieved 9 April 2017.
  6. ^ (in Dutch) Biografie Anouchka van Miltenburg Archived October 5, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, Elsevier, June 17, 2010
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Political offices
Preceded by
Gerdi Verbeet
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Succeeded by
Khadija Arib