Tineke Huizinga

Johanna Catharina "Tineke" Huizinga-Heringa (born 16 February 1960) is a Dutch politician of the Christian Union (CU) party.

Tineke Huizinga
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Tineke Huizinga in 2007
Minister of Housing, Spatial
Planning and the Environment
In office
23 February 2010 – 14 October 2010
Prime MinisterJan Peter Balkenende
Preceded byJacqueline Cramer
Succeeded byMelanie Schultz van Haegen
as Minister of Infrastructure
and the Environment
State Secretary for Transport
and Water Management
In office
22 February 2007 – 23 February 2010
Prime MinisterJan Peter Balkenende
Preceded byMelanie Schultz van Haegen
Succeeded byJoop Atsma
as State Secretary for Infrastructure
and the Environment
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
23 May 2002 – 22 February 2007
Parliamentary groupChristian Union
Personal details
Born
Johanna Catharina Heringa

(1960-02-16) 16 February 1960 (age 61)
Dantumadiel, Netherlands
Political partyChristian Union (from 2002)
Other political
affiliations
Reformatory Political Federation (until 2002)
Spouse(s)
Ruurd Huizinga
(m. 1982)
Children3 children
ResidenceHeerenveen, Netherlands
Alma materUtrecht University
(Bachelor of Laws)
OccupationPolitician · Corporate director · Nonprofit director · Refugee worker

Huizinga grew up in Amersfoort; both of her parents were teachers. After attending gymnasium, she began to study law at the University of Utrecht. She became involved in the Christian student's association Ichtus, where she met her future husband. They married in 1982. After passing her candidate exams (roughly equivalent of a bachelor's degree), she stopped her studies and moved to Heerenveen. She became a housewife and mother of three children.

She volunteered as translator at a Christian foundation, Open Doors, which advocates the interest of persecuted Christians worldwide. She became involved in the cases of asylum seekers and refugees and worked as a volunteer for VluchtenlingenWerk Nederland. Because of her involvement with social and religious issues, the Reformatory Political Federation asked her to become their top candidate in Heerenveen for the 1998 municipal elections. She was elected into the Heerenveen municipal council.

In 2002 she was elected member of House of Representatives. She was elected on basis of preference votes. The ChristianUnion only got four seats and she was seventh candidate, but because so many voters voted for her she entered parliament at the cost of prominent GPV leader Eimert van Middelkoop. She was member of the parliamentary research committee into the Srebrenica massacre. In the 2003 elections she was re-elected, again with preference votes, now at the cost of Leen van Dijke. She was fourth candidate and the ChristianUnion only got three seats. In parliament she had been occupied with foreign affairs, international development, migration, integration, spatial planning and the environment. She was secretary of the parliamentary party.

As Secretary of State for Transport, Public Works and Water Management, Huizinga survived a motion of no confidence in April 2008 over the (supposedly failed) introduction of a MIFARE-based nationwide public transport payment system.[1]

DecorationsEdit

Honours
Ribbon bar Honour Country Date Comment
  Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau Netherlands 3 December 2010

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Keken, Kim van. "Huizinga overleeft motie van wantrouwen" de Volkskrant, 17 April 2008, p.3

External linksEdit

Official
Political offices
Preceded by
Melanie Schultz van Haegen
State Secretary for Transport
and Water Management

2007–2010
Succeeded by
Joop Atsma
as State Secretary for Infrastructure
and the Environment
Preceded by
Jacqueline Cramer
Minister of Housing, Spatial
Planning and the Environment

2010
Succeeded by
Melanie Schultz van Haegen
as Minister of Infrastructure
and the Environment
Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
Unknown
Chairwoman of the
Wilde Ganzen Foundation

2015–present
Incumbent