Louise Gade (born 15 June 1972, in Thyborøn) is a Danish cand.jur., president of Aarhus VIA University College and former mayor of Aarhus, Denmark.

Louise Gade
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Mayor of Aarhus
In office
Preceded byFlemming Knudsen
Succeeded byNicolai Wammen
Personal details
Born (1972-06-15) 15 June 1972 (age 50)
Thyborøn, Denmark
Political partyVenstre

Louise Gade is the daughter of Harry Gade and Anna-Marie Gade. She was a student of Struer Gymnasium (Struer Highschool) in 1991, after which she moved to Aarhus to study law. During her studies she became a member of the national board of Danmarks Liberale Studerende. In I 1997/1998 she obtained a degree as cand.jur. from Aarhus Universitet. From July 1997 to January 2002 she worked as a lawyer at the law firm Lokdam, Kjellund & Partnere in Århus. In 2001 she married Ulrik G. Westring.[1]

Louise Gade was a member of Aarhus City Council from 1994 and in 1995–1998 she was the president of the city council group of Venstre. From 1998 she was a member of Økonomiudvalget (Board of Economy). Her political career culminated in 2002 when she became the first female and non-social democratic mayor of Aarhus. In 2005 Venstre lost the election and Louise Gade stopped as mayor although she received a record 42.697 personal votes. In 2006 she became a member of the Magistrate department for Children and Youth.[2]

In 2008 Gade announced she would not run for another term.[3] In 2009 Gade left Aarhus city council and became vice-president for human resources at Aarhus University and in 2015 she became president of VIA University College.[4]

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  1. ^ "Louise Gade er blevet mor igen, TV2 Østjylland". tv2oj.dk. August 30, 2011. Retrieved 2015-08-10.
  2. ^ "Louise Gade | Gyldendal - Den Store Danske". denstoredanske.dk. August 10, 2015. Retrieved 2015-08-10.
  3. ^ Louise Gade stopper i politik, stiften.dk, 2. april 2008[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Louise Gade bliver direktør for VIA, VIA University College". via.dk. August 1, 2015. Retrieved 2015-08-10.