Ank Bijleveld

Her Excellency
Ank Bijleveld
Bijleveld in Washington, D.C. in April 2018
Minister of Defence
Assumed office
26 October 2017
Prime Minister Mark Rutte
Preceded by Klaas Dijkhoff
King's Commissioner of Overijssel
In office
1 January 2011  26 October 2017
Monarch Beatrix (2011–2013)
Willem-Alexander (2013–2017)
Preceded by Geert Jansen
Succeeded by Boele Staal (Acting)
State Secretary for the Interior and Kingdom Relations
In office
22 February 2007  14 October 2010
Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende
Preceded by Rob Hessing
Succeeded by Raymond Knops (2017)
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
17 June 2010  1 January 2011
In office
16 November 1989  16 January 2001
Mayor of Hof van Twente
In office
1 January 2001  22 February 2007
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Hans Kok
Personal details
Born Anna Theodora Bernardina Schouten
(1962-03-17) 17 March 1962
IJsselmuiden, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Political party Christian Democratic Appeal
Spouse(s) Riekele Bijleveld (since 1984)
Residence Goor, Netherlands
Alma mater University of Twente (M.A.)
Occupation Politician
Civil servant

Anna Theodora Bernardina "Ank" Bijleveld-Schouten (born 17 March 1962) is a Dutch politician of the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA) serving as Minister of Defence since 26 October 2017. She previously was Mayor of Hof van Twente (2001–2007), State Secretary for the Interior and Kingdom Relations (2007–2010) and King's Commissioner of Overijssel (2011–2017).


Early life

Bijleveld was born in the Dutch province of Overijssel. Between 1980 and 1986, she studied public administration at the University of Twente.


In 1986 she became a member of the Enschede municipal council for the Christian Democratic Appeal. She served as a Member of the House of Representatives from 16 November 1989 until 16 January 2001. She was Mayor of Hof van Twente from 1 January 2001 until 22 February 2007, when she resigned to become the State secretary for the Interior and Kingdom Relations in the Fourth Balkenende cabinet until 14 October 2010. On 17 June 2010 she again became a member of the House of Representatives. She was an MP till 1 January 2011 when she became King's Commissioner of Overijssel.[1]

She left that position in 2017 as she was appointed to be Minister of Defence.

Personal life

Bijleveld is married to Riekele Bijleveld since 1984 and has two daughters. She is a Roman Catholic.



Political offices
New title Mayor of Hof van Twente
Succeeded by
Hans Kok
Preceded by
Rob Hessing
State Secretary for the Interior and Kingdom Relations
Raymond Knops
Preceded by
Geert Jansen
King's Commissioner of Overijssel
Succeeded by
Boele Staal (Acting)
Preceded by
Klaas Dijkhoff
Minister of Defence
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