Lilianne Ploumen

Dutch politician and activist

Elisabeth Maria Josepha "Lilianne" Ploumen (born July 12, 1962, Maastricht) is a Dutch politician of the Labour Party (PvdA). She is involved in anti-poverty and abortion rights activities.

Lianne Ploumen
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Party leader
Assumed office
23 January 2021
Preceded byLodewijk Asscher
Parliamentary group leader
Assumed office
14 January 2021
Preceded byLodewijk Asscher
Member of the House of Representatives
Assumed office
23 March 2017
Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation
In office
5 November 2012 – 26 October 2017
Preceded byMaxime Verhagen
Succeeded bySigrid Kaag
Party chair
In office
6 October 2007 – 22 January 2012
Preceded byMichiel van Hulten
Succeeded byHans Spekman
Personal details
Elisabeth Maria Josepha Ploumen

(1962-07-12) 12 July 1962 (age 59)
Maastricht, Limburg, Netherlands
Political partyLabour Party (PvdA) (2003-)
GreenLeft (GL) (-2002)
ResidenceAmsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
Alma materErasmus University Rotterdam

Ploumen studied history at Erasmus University Rotterdam, and worked at several relief and development organizations, among others as director of Cordaid.

She chaired the PvdA from 2007 to 2012, and was minister for Foreign Trade and Development Corporation in the Second Rutte cabinet (2012-2017, successor of Maxime Verhagen (only Development Cooperation), and predecessor of Sigrid Kaag).

Since 2017, she has been an MP, and since 2021, she has also been parliamentary and party leader, in both cases succeeding Lodewijk Asscher.

Lilianne Ploumen is married and lives in Amsterdam. She belongs to the Catholic Church.


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