Esther Ouwehand

Esther Ouwehand
Member of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands
Assumed office
November 30, 2006
Personal details
Born Esther Ouwehand
(1976-06-10) June 10, 1976
Katwijk, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Political party Party for the Animals (Partij voor de Dieren - PvdD)
Relations Married
Residence Leiden, Netherlands
Occupation Politician, marketing manager
Website (in English) Party for the Animals website

Esther Ouwehand (born June 10, 1976 in Katwijk) is a Dutch politician and former marketing manager. She is one of the five Members of Parliament for the Party for the Animals (Partij voor de Dieren, PvdD).


Personal life

Esther Ouwehand went to secondary school in Katwijk, where she finished her vwo (Dutch pre-university education). She studied "Policy, communication and organisation" (Dutch:beleid, communicatie and organisatie) at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, which she did not finish.[1][2]

Ouwehand is married and currently resides in Leiden.

She was raised a Protestant but is currently an agnostic. She is a vegetarian.[3]

Dutch webzine Lords of Metal conducted an interview with Esther Ouwehand in which she told about her deep rooted passion for hard rock and heavy metal music, in particular stoner metal.[4]


Initially, she did not consider a career in politics. She left a promising career in marketing, being junior marketing manager for youth magazines at Sanoma. She has additional functions as a committee member for youth centre "De Schuit" and the foundation "Factor Welzijn" in Katwijk.

Party for the Animals

She joined the Party for the Animals in October 2002 and became the party's co-ordinator in 2004. She was responsible for the management of the party's headquarters. She also co-authored the 2006 electoral program "220x liever..".

The general elections of 2006 were considered a great success for the party. The party gained 179,988 votes (1.8%), enough for two seats in the Dutch parliament. The party became the world's first party to gain parliamentary seats with an agenda focused primarily on animal rights.[5]

She was second on the election list, right after party chairwoman Marianne Thieme. Consequently, she became a member of parliament, even though she received a total of 4.370 write-in votes, about a hundred less than lijstduwer Kees van Kooten, who received 4.479 votes.[6] She was sworn in on November 30, 2006.

Contrary to her wishes she was not initially placed on the election list for the general elections of 2010, but the party members voted her on the second place, so she became re-elected.

Ouwehand temporarily resigned from the House on November 17, 2015 for health reasons and was replaced by Frank Wassenberg.[7] She returned to the House on 18 October 2016.[8][9]


  • 220x liever voor mens, dier, natuur en milieu: Verkiezingsprogramma Partij voor de Dieren, Tweede Kamerverkiezingen 2006. Esther Ouwehand c.s., Amsterdam, October 2006 [10]


  1. "Graduate programmes (Masters)" (in Dutch). Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Retrieved 2007-11-11.
  2. "Esther Ouwehand" (in Dutch). Tweede Kamer. Retrieved 2007-11-11.
  3. "150 volksvertegenwoordigers: ESTHER OUWEHAND" (in Dutch). Stichting Per Definitie. Archived from the original on 2012-02-09. Retrieved 2007-11-12.
  4. "Beroemde Headbangers: Esther Ouwehand" (in Dutch). Lords of Metal - Ramon. Retrieved 2013-10-10.
  5. "Uitslag van de Tweede Kamerverkiezing van 22 november 2006" (in Dutch). Kiesraad. 2006-11-27. Archived from the original on 2007-11-05. Retrieved 2007-11-12.
  6. "Huub Oosterhuis en Kees van Kooten populair" (in Dutch). De Volkskrant. 2006-11-27. Retrieved 2007-11-12.
  7. "Frank Wassenberg tijdelijk Tweede Kamerlid voor de PvdD" (in Dutch). 17 November 2015. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  8. "E. (Esther) Ouwehand" (in Dutch). Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  9. "Ouwehand (PvdD) terug in Tweede Kamer" (in Dutch). de Telegraaf. 14 October 2016. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  10. (in Dutch) Election 2006 manifesto
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