|Minister of Education|
February 11, 1994 – April 14, 1999
|Preceded by||Riitta Uosukainen|
|Succeeded by||Maija Rask|
|Minister of Transport and Communications|
April 15, 1999 – January 3, 2002
|Preceded by||Kimmo Sasi|
|Succeeded by||Kimmo Sasi|
Heinonen was born in Eurajoki. He graduated as Master of Laws from the University of Helsinki in 1990. From 1994 to 1999, he served as the Minister of Education in the Aho cabinet and Lipponen I Cabinet after being assistant of Riitta Uosukainen, the previous Minister of Education. In 1995, Heinonen was elected to the Parliament of Finland from Satakunta. In the Lipponen II Cabinet, he served as the Minister of Transport and Communications from 1999 to 2002.
Heinonen left politics in 2002 when he was appointed a manager at Yleisradio, the public broadcasting company of Finland. He was responsible for the transfer from analog television to digital television in Finland. In 2012, he was appointed state secretary of Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen and in 2015 Heinonen became state secretary of all National Coalition Party cabinet ministers. In September 2016, he was appointed general director of the Finnish National Agency for Education.
- Olli-Pekka Heinonen Parliament of Finland. Retrieved January 27, 2017.
- Olli-Pekka Heinonen Opetushallituksen pääjohtajaksi Finnish National Agency for Education. September 29, 2016. Retrieved January 27, 2017.