Born on 28 October 1978 in Leiden (The Netherlands).
Marietje Schaake is a Dutch politician and Member of the European Parliament. She is a member of Democrats 66, part of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party. She studied liberal arts at the Wittenberg University in Ohio. After an initial experience in the United States House of Representatives where she focused on international relations and human rights she served as independent advisor, mainly for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She was elected Member of the European Parliament in 2009 and reelected in 2014. In the European Parliament, Schaake is the ALDE Coordinator of the International Trade committee (INTA). She is the spokesperson for the ALDE Group on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). In 2016, she also served as the parliament’s rapporteur on a ban on trade in certain goods which could be used for capital punishment, torture or other treatment or punishment. She also serves on the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the subcommittee on Human Rights.