Vera Bergkamp

Dutch politician and LGBT rights activist

Vera Alida Bergkamp (born 1 June 1971) is a Dutch politician. She is a member of Democrats 66 (D66) and has been president of the House of Representatives since April 2021.

Vera Bergkamp
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President of the House of Representatives
Assumed office
7 April 2021
Preceded byKhadija Arib
Member of the House of Representatives
Assumed office
20 September 2012
Member of district council Amsterdam Centre
In office
March 2010 – September 2012
Personal details
Vera Alida Bergkamp

(1971-06-01) 1 June 1971 (age 51)
Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
Political partyDemocrats 66 (D66)
Alma materAmsterdam University of Applied Sciences,
Free University Amsterdam

Bergkamp studied human resource management at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and public administration and political science at the Free University Amsterdam.[1]

She had several jobs in the field of organization and management, among other things as a human resource manager at the Social Insurance Bank. Besides, she was chairwoman of LGBT rights organization COC Netherlands.[1]

From March 2010 to September 2012, she was a member of district council Amsterdam Centre.

On 20 September 2012, she was sworn in into the House of Representatives. As an MP she is engaged in long-term care, COVID-19, regulation of hemp cultivation, and family law, especially LGBT rights.

On 7 April 2021, she was elected president of the House of Representatives, defeating incumbent president Khadija Arib (Labour Party) and challenger Martin Bosma (Party for Freedom).[2]

Vera Bergkamp is from paternal side of Moroccan origin and was born and is still living in Amsterdam. She is a lesbian and married to a woman; together they two daughters.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Biography at
  2. Vera Bergkamp elected President of the House, Dutch House of Representatives, 7 April 2021
  3. Dutch lower house elects Vera Bergkamp as new chair, NL Times, 7 April 2021

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