Attje Kuiken

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
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

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. 1 2 3 "Drs. A.H. (Attje) Kuiken" (in Dutch), Parlement & Politiek. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  2. Attje Kuiken, Labour Party. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  3. 1 2 3 4 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.
Party political offices
Preceded by
Diederik Samsom
Leader of the Labour Party in the House of Representatives
Succeeded by
Lodewijk Asscher
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