Jan Peter Peumans (born 6 January 1951 in Maastricht) is a Belgian politician from the Flemish province of Limburg. Being part of the Flemish Movement, he was at a young age already member of the Volksunie. He seated for that party in the Limburgish provincial council and is since 2004 a Flemish Parliament member for the New Flemish Alliance (N-VA). From 2007 until 2009 he was N-VA fraction leader in the Flemish Parliament. After the elections of 7 June 2009 (which was successful for his party; and with more than 27.000 Limburgish preference votes for him), he became President of the Flemish Parliament, succeeding Marleen Vanderpoorten.

Jan Peumans
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Speaker of the Flemish Parliament
In office
13 July 2009 – 26 May 2019
Preceded byMarleen Vanderpoorten
Succeeded byKris Van Dijck
Personal details
Born (1951-01-06) 6 January 1951 (age 69)
Maastricht, Netherlands
Political partyNew Flemish Alliance

In the Flemish Parliament, he worked e.g. on the case of the Antwerp Oosterweel connection. Peumans was elected most hard-working member of the Parliament in the period 2004-2009, by the newspaper De Standaard.[1]

On 27 January 2010, Peumans caused controversy after he was absent during a reception at the royal palace. As convinced republican he refuses to go to receptions at the king's palace,[2] although he talked to him once on the occasion of the day of the Flemish Community.[3]

On 12 September 2010, he was in Visé (just across the language border in Wallonia, close to where he lives), where he claims to have been insulted and attacked by a local because "he had no business in Wallonia". Peumans said afterwards he never expected he would be attacked due to his political points of view.[4][5] His statement is being disputed by the alleged attacker.[6]

Political careerEdit

  • 1983–1994: Schepen in Riemst
  • 1985–1987: Councillor in Limburg
  • 1991–2004: Councillor in Limburg
  • 1995–2006: Mayor of Riemst
  • 2004–2019: Member of the Flemish Parliament
  • 2007–2012: Schepen in Riemst
  • 2007–2009: Parliamentary group leader for the New Flemish Alliance in the Flemish Parliament
  • 2008–2009: Vice President New Flemish Alliance
  • 2009–2019: President of the Flemish Parliament


Political offices
Preceded by
Marleen Vanderpoorten
Speaker of the Flemish Parliament