Femke Merel van Kooten

Femke Merel van Kooten
Profielfoto Femke Merel Arissen.jpg
Femke Merel van Kooten in 2017
Parliamentary leader in the
House of Representatives
Assumed office
6 August 2020
Parliamentary groupIndependent
In office
16 July 2019 – 3 May 2020
Parliamentary groupIndependent
Member of the House
of Representatives
Assumed office
4 February 2019
Parliamentary groupParty for the Animals (2019)
Independent (2019–2020)
Group Krol/Van Kooten (2020)
Independent (from 2020)
In office
23 March 2017 – 15 October 2018
Parliamentary groupParty for the Animals
Personal details
Femke Merel Arissen

(1983-11-09) 9 November 1983 (age 37)
Huizen, Netherlands
Political partyIndependent (from 2020)
Other political
Party for the Animals (2003–2019)
Independent (2019–2020)
Party for the Future (2020)
ResidenceUtrecht, Netherlands
Alma materUtrecht University
(Bachelor of Laws)
OccupationPolitician · Jurist · Political consultant · Activist

Femke Merel van Kooten-Arissen (born 9 November 1983) is a Dutch Independent politician serving as a Member of the House of Representatives since 4 February 2019, when she returned from maternity leave. She represented the Party for the Animals until 16 July 2019,[1] and previously from March 2017 until October 2018.

Although she became a member of 50Plus in December 2019, she will continue to caucus independently until the end of the current parliamentary term.[2] She left 50Plus in May 2020 together with its leader Henk Krol, forming the Group Krol-van Kooten-Arissen, which will participate in the 2021 Dutch general election as the Party for the Future.

After about 3 months, in early August 2020, she left the Party for the Future because she could not agree with the merger of the party with the Group Otten, which was arranged by Henk Krol without her knowledge. She will operate as an independent member of parliament until the elections of March 2021.[3]


  1. ^ Partij voor de Dieren royeert Van Kooten vanwege 'zetelroof’, Algemeen Dagblad, 16 July 2019
  2. ^ "Voormalig PvdD-Kamerlid Van Kooten-Arissen sinds december lid van 50Plus". NU.nl (in Dutch). 5 February 2020. Retrieved 5 February 2020.
  3. ^ Femke Merel van Kooten vertrekt bij nieuwe partij Henk Krol: 'Ik laat me niet langer muilkorven', ad.nl, 5 August 2020

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