Ank Bijleveld

Anna Theodora Bernardina "Ank" Bijleveld-Schouten (born 17 March 1962) is a Dutch politician of the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA) who has served as Minister of Defence in the third cabinet of Prime Minister Mark Rutte from 26 October 2017[1] to 17 September 2021.[2]

Ank Bijleveld
Bijleveld in October 2019
Minister of Defence
In office
26 October 2017  17 September 2021
Prime MinisterMark Rutte
Preceded byKlaas Dijkhoff
Succeeded byFerdinand Grapperhaus (acting)
King's Commissioner of Overijssel
In office
1 January 2011  26 October 2017
Preceded byGeert Jansen
Succeeded byAndries Heidema
State Secretary for the Interior and Kingdom Relations
In office
22 February 2007  14 October 2010
Prime MinisterJan Peter Balkenende
Preceded byRob Hessing
Succeeded byRaymond Knops (2017)
Mayor of Hof van Twente
In office
1 January 2001  22 February 2007
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byHans Kok
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
17 June 2010  1 January 2011
In office
16 November 1989  16 January 2001
Personal details
Anna Theodora Bernardina Schouten

(1962-03-17) 17 March 1962 (age 59)
IJsselmuiden, Netherlands
Political partyChristian Democratic Appeal
Riekele Bijleveld
(m. 1984)
EducationUniversity of Twente (BPA, MPA)

A civil servant by occupation, she served as a member of the House of Representatives from 16 November 1989 until 16 January 2001, when she was appointed Mayor of Hof van Twente, serving from 1 January 2001 until 22 February 2007. She resigned after she was appointed as State Secretary for the Interior and Kingdom Relations in the Fourth Balkenende cabinet, serving from 22 February 2007 until 14 October 2010. After the election of 2010, Bijleveld returned to the House of Representatives serving from 17 June 2010 until 1 January 2011 when she resigned after she was appointed as King's Commissioner of Overijssel. Following the election of 2017 Bijleveld was asked to become Minister of Defence in the Third Rutte cabinet. Bijleveld accepted and resigned as King's Commissioner of Overijssel the same day she took office as the new Minister of Defence on 26 October 2017.