Annelie Lortriet, born and raised in Johannesburg. Studied at the then RAU and obtained a BA Languages (English and Latin), Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education, B.Ed, M.ED and D.Ed as well as an LLB from UNISA.
Entered politics full time after a career in academia, having lectured at Vista University and University of the Free State where she became the Head of the Department of Afro-Asiatic Studies, Linguistics and Sign Language as well as an associate professor.
Was a DA ward councilor in Mangaung since 2000 and went into politics fulltime when elected as a member of Parliament in 2009. She served as the Shadow Minister of Arts and Culture, Higher Education and Training and Science and Technology.
Dr Lotriet served three terms as the Provincial Chairperson of the Free State, a caucus whip for two terms, Chairperson of the DA Parliamentary Caucus, and currently as the Deputy Chief Whip. Lotriet also serve as the Deputy Chairperson of the DA Federal Legal Commission.