Attje Kuiken

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Attje Kuiken
Portrait photo of Attje Kuiken
Attje Kuiken in 2016
Leader of the Labour Party in the House of Representatives
In office
12 December 2016 – 23 March 2017
Preceded by Diederik Samsom
Succeeded by Lodewijk Asscher
Member of House of Representatives
Assumed office
11 May 2010
In office
30 November 2006 – 19 January 2010
Personal details
Born Attje Harma Kuiken
(1977-10-27) 27 October 1977 (age 40)
Groningen, Netherlands
Political party Labour Party

Attje Harma Kuiken (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɑtjə ˈɦɑrmaː ˈkœykən]; born 27 October 1977) is a Dutch politician and former civil servant. She has been a member of the House of Representatives for the Labour Party since 30 November 2006 with a brief interruption in 2010.

Early life and education[edit]

Attje Harma Kuiken was born on 27 October 1977 in Groningen in the Netherlands,[1] she grew up in Hoogezand-Sappemeer and from the age of ten in Ferwert.[2] She did the vwo program at the Dockinga College, a high school in Dokkum, from 1990 to 1996.[3]

Kuiken studied public administration at the NHL University of Applied Sciences in Leeuwarden from 1996 to 1999 and organization science at the Tilburg University from 2000 to 2006.[3] During her second studies, she lived in Breda.[3]


Kuiken has been a member of the Labour Party since 2002,[1] she founded a local chapter of the Young Socialists, the youth organisation of the Labour Party, in Breda.[3]

She was a member of the House of Representatives from 30 November 2006 until 19 January 2010, she then went on maternity leave and was temporarily replaced by Saskia Laaper. Kuiken has been a member of the House of Representatives again since 11 May 2010.[1]

After fellow Labour MP Martijn van Dam joined the cabinet in November 2015, Kuiken was elected vice parliamentary group leader,[4] after the resignation of Diederik Samsom as parliamentary group leader on 12 December 2016, Kuiken succeeded him.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "Drs. A.H. (Attje) Kuiken" (in Dutch), Parlement & Politiek. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  2. ^ Attje Kuiken, Labour Party. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d Biografie, onderwijs en loopbaan van Attje Kuiken (in Dutch), House of Representatives. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  4. ^ "Attje Kuiken volgt Van Dam op als vicevoorzitter PvdA" (in Dutch). Algemeen Dagblad. 5 November 2015. Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
  5. ^ "Attje Kuiken nieuwe fractievoorzitter PvdA" (in Dutch). 12 December 2016. Retrieved 18 December 2016. 

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Diederik Samsom
Leader of the Labour Party in the House of Representatives
Succeeded by
Lodewijk Asscher