Pia Merete Kjærsgaard, born February 23rd 1947 in København, daughter of paint dealer Poul Kjærsgaard and housewife Inge Munch Jensen. Married to Henrik Thorup, vice-chairman of the Public Accounts Committee
Member of the Folketing for The Danish People's Party in Greater Copenhagen greater constituency from June 18th 2015.
Member of the Standing Orders Committee from 2015. Spokeswoman on values 2012-2015. Former member of the Foreign Policy Committee, the Committee on the Danish Intelligence Services, the Foreign Affairs Committee and of the parliamentary assembly of the Organisation on Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Member of The Nordic Council 1990-1994 and 1998-2000. Former deputy member of the management committee of the Danish group in the Inter-Parliamentary Union. Member of the Defence Commission 1997-1998. Delegate at the UN General Assembly in New York in 1995, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2011 and 2012. Co-founder and chairwoman of the Danish People's Party October 6th 1995 - September 15th 2012. Political leader of the Progress Party 1985-1994.
Member of the council of representatives of Danmarks Nationalbank 1989-1996. Member of the board of representatives of the Danish Arts Foundation 2009-2011. Member of the board of representatives of the Danish Arts Council 2009-2011. Vice-chairwoman of the governing body of the Danish-Taiwanese Association from 2009.
Author of the book »…men udsigten er god« (…but the View is Good), 1998, and of the autobiography »Fordi jeg var nødt til det« (Because I had to), 2013. Co-author, together with Henrik Nordbrandt, of the book »Digteren og Partiformanden« (The Poet and the Party Chairwoman), 2006. Editor of »Jul på Borgen II« (Christmas on Christiansborg II), 2012, editor of »Jul på Borgen III« (Christmas on Christiansborg III), 2016 and editor of »Jul på Borgen IV« (Christmas on Christiansborg IV), 2017.
Received the Kosan Award. Nominated Politician of the Year by 'Landsforeningen for Erhvervsinteresser' (the National Association of Business Interests). Awarded the Golden Coach Horn by 'Dansk Postordre Forening' (the Danish Mail-Order Association). Awarded the Order of Dannebrog, Knight of 1st Class of and Commander of the Order of Dannebrog. Awarded the medal of honour Friend of Overseas Chinese Association and the Special Medal of Diplomacy in Taiwan. Recieved the communication price of 'Altinget' Ting-Prisen 2007 and 2014. Awarded the Order of the Brilliant Star. Grand Cross of the Icelandic Order of the Falcon 2017. Awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of the Crown (Belgium) 2017. Awarded the Order of the Aztec Eagle (Mexico) 2017.