Martijn van Helvert
|Martijn van Helvert|
|Member of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands|
Assumed office |
12 November 2014
|Member of the States of Limburg|
10 March 2011 – 26 March 2015
7 April 1978|
|Political party||Christian Democratic Appeal|
|Alma mater||Utrecht University|
Martijn Johanna Franciscus van Helvert (born 7 April 1978) is a Dutch politician, he has been a member of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands for the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA) since 12 November 2014, when he replaced Eddy van Hijum. He has also been member of the States of Limburg between 2011 and 2015.
Van Helvert studied social geography in his first year at Utrecht University. He then proceeded to study history of ancient times and antique cultures at the same university between 1997 and 2003. Van Helvert was a high school teacher of history and antique culture in Sittard from 2002 to 2007.
Van Helvert started his political career by being active in the Christian Democratic Youth Appeal. He served as secretary of the youth section of the CDA in both Brabant and Limburg, respectively from 1996–2002 and 2002–2006. Van Helvert was member of the municipal council of Susteren from March 1998 to 2003. In the latter the municipality of Susteren was merged into Echt-Susteren. Van Helvert continued serving in the municipal council of the new municipality until february 2009. Van Helvert was a personal aide to Noël Lebens, member of the Provincial Executive of Limburg, for three years from July 2007 until November 2010. He worked as a policy worker for the municipality of Heerlen since that date and stayed on until November 2014. He was a member of the States of Limburg between 10 March 2011 and 26 March 2015. In November 2014 he replaced Eddy van Hijum in the House of Representatives of the Netherlands.
In the Parliamentary elections of 2012 Van Helvert occupied number 13 of the CDA party list and the party managed to obtain thirteen seats. However, Pieter Omtzigt managed to obtain more preferential votes than Van Helvert and the former was thus elected.
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- "Drs. M.J.F. (Martijn) van Helvert" (in Dutch). Parlement.com. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
- "Martijn van Helvert uit Susteren naar Tweede Kamer" (in Dutch). 1Limburg. 12 November 2014. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
- (in Dutch) House of Representatives biography