Cora van Nieuwenhuizen-Wijbenga
Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management
Full name: Cornelia van Nieuwenhuizen-Wijbenga
Place and date of birth: Ridderkerk, 12 June 1963
Place of residence: Rotterdam
Civil status: married, four children
1975-1981: Secondary education, Christelijk College Nassau-Veluwe, Harderwijk
1981-1987: Human geography, Utrecht University
Cora van Nieuwenhuizen began her career in 1987 at Crédit Lyonnais Bank Nederland in Tilburg. From 1991 to 2007 she was responsible for the operational management of a veterinary practice in Oisterwijk and also worked as a freelance economic geographer.
In 2007 she became a member of the North Brabant provincial executive, with responsibility for a range of areas including mobility, infrastructure, supervision of the water authorities, and Eindhoven Airport.
From 17 June 2010 to 30 June 2014, Ms Van Nieuwenhuizen was a member of the House of Representatives for the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD). She was the party’s spokesperson on integration, asylum policy and social affairs, and chaired the Permanent Committee on Finance.
On 1 July 2014 Ms Van Nieuwenhuizen became a member of the European Parliament representing the VVD. She served on the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON) as fintech and benchmarks rapporteur, and on the Panama Papers inquiry committee.
On 26 October 2017 Cora van Nieuwenhuizen was appointed Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management in the third Rutte government.
Party political positions and outside activities
Between 1994 and 2006 Ms Van Nieuwenhuizen was a member of the Oisterwijk municipal council on behalf of the VVD, including a period as leader of the VVD group. From 2003 to 2007 she was also a member of the North Brabant Provincial Council, where she headed the VVD group.
Other roles she has held include chair of the supervisory board of the Stichting Primair en Voortgezet Onderwijs Zuid-Nederland, a group of primary and secondary schools, and chair of the advisory board of Brabant Intermodal B.V.