Sharon Dijksma

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Sharon Dijksma
Dijksma Dutch politician kabinet Balkenende IV.jpg
State Secretary of Economic Affairs (Netherlands)
Assumed office
December 18, 2012
Preceded by Co Verdaas
State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science
In office
February 22, 2007 – February 23, 2010
Preceded by Bruno Bruins
Succeeded by Halbe Zijlstra
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
May 8, 2012 – September 19, 2012
In office
June 17, 2010 – January 16, 2012
In office
May 17, 1994 – February 21, 2007
Personal details
Born Sharon Alida Maria Dijksma
(1971-04-16) 16 April 1971 (age 44)
Groningen, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Political party Labour Party (Partij van de Arbeid - PvdA)
Spouse(s) Married
Residence Enschede, Netherlands
Occupation Politician
Website (Dutch) Labour Party website

Sharon Alida Maria Dijksma (born April 16, 1971 in Groningen) is a Dutch politician for the Labour Party (Partij van de Arbeid). Since December 18, 2012, she has been State Secretary of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, dealing with agriculture, nature, food quality, tourism, and postal affairs in the Second Rutte cabinet.[1] Before that she was an MP from June 17, 2010 to September 19, 2012. She focused on matters of traffic, water management and home affairs.

Previously Dijksma was State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science in the Fourth Balkenende cabinet from 2007 to 2010. From 1994 to 2007, she was a member of the House of Representatives. May 16 1994 when Dijksma became MP her age was 23 and she was the youngest MP ever in Dutch parlementarian history. 1991 she became secretary general of the Young Socialists. From 1992 to 1994 she was chairwoman of the Young Socialists (Jonge Socialisten).

Dijksma studied law at the University of Groningen and public administration at the University of Twente but did not finish her studies.


  1. ^ As State Secretary of Economic Affairs Dijksma is allowed to use the ministerial title Minister for Agriculture while on foreign business.
Government offices
Preceded by
Bruno Bruins
State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science
Succeeded by
Halbe Zijlstra
Preceded by
Co Verdaas
State Secretary of Economic Affairs
Succeeded by