Jeltje van nieuwenhoven (Noordwolde, 2 August 1943) is a Dutch politician. She was from 1981 to 2004 in the Second Chamber of the States-General of the Netherlandson behalf of the labour party (PvdA). Between 1998 and 2002 she was President of the House of representatives, the first woman in the history of the Netherlands. In 2004 left Victoria to the room to be Deputy of the province of South Holland. Since 2010 she is a member of the City Council in the Hague and also Group Chairman on behalf of her party.
Jeltje van nieuwenhoven was born in Noordwolde, municipality of weststellingwerf (Friesland). After the Mulo she followed a training as a librarian. This box practiced them out between 1960 and 1979. By now she was joined the Labour Party and they fulfilled different functions within this party, including a municipal councillor and Alderman in the municipality Vinkeveen en waverveen (in 1989 merged into De Ronde Venen).
On 15 september 1981, she was named as a member of the Dutch House of representatives. On a short break in 1982/1983 after she's been member of Parliament continuously. In the House of representatives, Jeltje van nieuwenhoven are concerned with art, culture and international cultural policy. She was also Chairman of the Standing Committee for Dutch-Antillean and Aruban Affairs.
Between 1998 and 2002 she was President of the House of representatives, the first woman in the history of the Netherlands. After the electoral defeat of the labour party in 2002, she was leader of the labour party: the Presidency of the House of representatives that she laid down. In 2002, she was defeated by Wouter Bos in a top candidate for the national referendum on the elections of 2003. She was then vicefractievoorzitter.
The Spanish King appointed her to Grand Cross of the order of Isabella the Catholic.
At the end of October 2004 left the lower House of Parliament Jeltje van nieuwenhoven. A day later, she was installed as a member of Executive Council of South Holland.On the Dutch Labour Party-Congress of 29 January 2005, she was awarded the Golden pin of the party, which was previously only awarded to Joop den Uyl and Max van der Stoel. On 15 March 2006, she made known her position as Deputy to step down immediately, on the advice of doctors. They struggled with high blood pressure and fatigue. On 30 July 2006 she was a guest in the famous VPRO-program summer guests.
Victoria was from 1 October 2006 OV-Ambassador, a post for two days per week set by the Ministry of transport, public works and Water Management with the task of conflict resolution between different parties in public transport. In 2008 it was announced that those who hold another function for two years. On 19 October 2010 she offered her final report.
In 2007, Van nieuwenhoven Chairman of the Committee that drew up the Canon of Dutch film .
In 2009 defeated Victoria Marnix Norder in an election for the party leadership of the labour party in the local elections 2010 in Den Haag.  In March 2010 she was elected as a municipal councillor. She is also Chairman of the labour party group.