Attje Kuiken

Attje Kuiken
Portrait photo of Attje Kuiken
Kuiken in 2011
Leader of the Labour Party in the House of Representatives
In office
12 December 2016 – 23 March 2017
Preceded byDiederik Samsom
Succeeded byLodewijk Asscher
Member of House of Representatives
Assumed office
11 May 2010
In office
30 November 2006 – 19 January 2010
Personal details
Attje Harma Kuiken

(1977-10-27) 27 October 1977 (age 42)
Groningen, Netherlands
Political partyLabour Party
Alma materTilburg University

Attje Harma Kuiken (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɑtjə ˈɦɑrmaː ˈkœykən]; born 27 October 1977) is a Dutch politician and former civil servant serving as 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.[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 member Martijn van Dam was appointed State Secretary for Economic Affairs in November 2015, Kuiken was elected vice parliamentary group leader.[4] After the resignation of Diederik Samsom as parliamentary leader on 12 December 2016, Kuiken succeeded him.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "Drs. A.H. (Attje) Kuiken" (in Dutch), Parlement & Politiek. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  2. ^ Attje Kuiken, Labour Party. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d 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". Algemeen Dagblad (in Dutch). 5 November 2015. Retrieved 5 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Attje Kuiken nieuwe fractievoorzitter PvdA" (in Dutch). Parlement.com. 12 December 2016. Retrieved 18 December 2016.

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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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