Veerle Heeren has been Mayor of Sint-Truiden since 01.01.2013. Currently, she is also a member the Chamber of Representatives of Belgium from the CD&V (Christian-Democratic Flemish political party).
Veerle was born on 27 March 1965 in Hasselt, Belgium. She graduated in economics and sciences at Zuster van Maria te Landen (1983). She has a Licentiate in Law from VUB, the Free University of Brussels (1989), an Aggregate in higher education from VUB (1990), and a master’s in international and Comparative Law, VUB (1990).
Prior to becoming mayor, Veerle had been a municipal councillor (1995-2012), Flemish People's Representative from the constituency of Limburg (1995-2009 and 2009-2014), Secretary of the Office of the Flemish Parliament (2005-2009 and 2009-2012), Flemish minister for Welfare, Public Health and Family (06.01.2009-12.07.2009), First vice-president of the Office of the Flemish Parliament (2012-2014) and Federal People's Representative (2014-2019).
She is married with a son.