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Tue, 12.21.1971

Alice Bah Kuhnke, Politician born

Alice Bah Kuhnke

*Alice Bah Kuhnke was born on this date in 1971. She is an Afro Swedish (Black Swede) politician and former actress.

Alice Bah grew up in Horda in Småland, Sweden, the daughter of a Gambian father and a Swedish mother. She attended a track-and-field-oriented high school in Växjö and was one of the country's best female sprinters in the late 1980s in the 200-meter dash. In her late teens, Bah was engaged for two years to long jump Olympic finalist and World Silver Medalist Mattias Sunneborn.

Her television career began with SVT's "Disney Club" in 1992. Between 1998 and 1999, she had her talk show on TV4 and many other television assignments, including the current event show "Kalla Fakta". In 1994, Bah campaigned actively for her country to join the EU in a referendum. After leaving television to study political science, she headed a philanthropic fund at Skandia's Swedish insurance company. In 1998, she married TV personality Henrik Johnsson, from whom she was divorced in 2002. The following year, she married actor and singer Johannes Bah Kuhnke, with whom she has three daughters.

From 2004 to 2007, she worked as Secretary-General of the fair-trade organization Rättvisemärkt. In 2009, Bah was the environmental quality manager and corporate social responsibility at ÅF, and she served on the board of a small internet design firm, Doberman. Bah was a member of the Swedish Church synod from 2006 until 2010, a member of the board of the Royal Dramatic Theater, and Vice President of YMCA-YWCA Sweden. In 2014, Bah was appointed Minister of Culture in the Löfven Cabinet. In addition to her role in government, she served as the Green Party's representative at the European Green Party in 2016. She was elected a Member of the European Parliament in Sweden's 2019 European Parliament election.

She has since served as deputy chairwoman of the Greens–European Free Alliance (Greens/EFA) group in parliament. She also joined the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs and the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality. In addition to her committee assignments, Bah is a member of the European Parliament Intergroup on LGBT Rights and the European Parliament Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals.

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