|State Secretary for Infrastructure and the Environment|
October 14, 2010 – November 5, 2012
|Prime Minister||Mark Rutte|
|Preceded by||Tineke Huizinga|
|Succeeded by||Wilma Mansveld|
|Member of the House of Representatives|
May 19, 1998 – October 14, 2010
|Born||Johannes Jan Atsma
July 6, 1956
|Political party||Christian Democratic Appeal|
|Spouse(s)||Tea van der Schaaf (since 1982)|
|Alma mater||University of Groningen|
|Religion||Protestant Church in the Netherlands |
|Website||Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment|
Johannes Jan "Joop" Atsma (born July 6, 1956) is a former Dutch politician of the Christian Democratic Appeal party (CDA). He was the State Secretary for Infrastructure and the Environment in the first Rutte cabinet, serving from October 14, 2010 to November 5, 2012. He previously served as a Member of the House of Representatives from May 19, 1998 until October 14, 2010.
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From 1989 worked at the KNWU Straatsma, first as an amateur cycling section president and later as chairman. In the Olympic Games in Seoul (1988) Barcelona (1992) Atlanta (1996) and Sydney (2000) Atsma was chef d'equipe of cycling. In 2009, Joop Atsma appointed chairman of the Road Committee of the International cycling body UCI. This committee is responsible for such regulation of wegsport, admitting teams, fixture lists and qualification criteria for World Championships and Olympic Games. Atsma 178ste during the meeting of the International Cycling Union in Lugano in 2009 again elected to the Board of the Union Cycliste Internationale. From 1994 to 2006 he was chairman of the Royal Dutch Cycling Union.
Atsma began his political career as a member of the Provincial States of Friesland. In 1998, Atsma was elected to the House. Interestingly, he took his oath in the Frisian language. In parliament he was involved with sports, agriculture, food, media and mining. He was also chairman of the Standing Committee for Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality and vice chair of the standing committee on Health, Welfare and Sports. On October 14, 2010 Atsma was appointed State Secretary for Infrastructure and Environment in the government-Rutte. Because of this appointment Atsma at that date resigned all paid and unpaid (side) functions and took distance from relevant business and financial interests.
- (Dutch) Parlement.com biography
- (Dutch) Joop Atsma Perdefinitie.nl