Sybrand van Haersma Buma

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This is a Dutch name; the family name is Van Haersma Buma, not Buma.
Sybrand van Haersma Buma
Sybrand van Haersma Buma 2012.jpg
Leader of Christian Democratic Appeal
Assumed office
May 30, 2012
Preceded by Jan Peter Balkenende / vacant
Leader of Christian Democratic Appeal in the House of Representatives
Assumed office
October 12, 2010
Preceded by Maxime Verhagen
Member of the House of Representatives
Assumed office
May 23, 2002
Personal details
Born (1965-07-30) July 30, 1965 (age 49)
Workum, Netherlands
Political party Christian Democratic Appeal
Spouse(s) Marijke Geertsema
Children 2
Residence Voorburg, South Holland
Alma mater University of Groningen
University of Cambridge
Profession Lawyer
Religion Reformed Protestant
Website (Dutch) Party website

Sybrand van Haersma Buma (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈsibrɐnt vɐn ˈɦaːrsmɐ ˈbymɐ]) (born July 30, 1965) is a Dutch politician of the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA). He has been an MP since May 23, 2002 and Parliamentary group leader since October 12, 2010. He focuses on matters of judiciary and security policy.[1] Although his official family name is Van Haersma Buma, he is often just called Sybrand Buma.


Early life[edit]

Sybrand van Haersma Buma descends from an old patrician family from Friesland. He is the son of Bernard van Haersma Buma (born 1932) who was the mayor of Workum (1962–1970) and of Sneek (1970–1993). His grandfather was the mayor of Stavoren. Both his father and grandfather belonged to the Christian Historical Union (CHU), that merged in 1980 with the Catholic People's Party (KVP) and the Anti Revolutionary Party (ARP) to form the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA).

Van Haersma Buma studied law at the University of Groningen (1983–1989) and followed a course at the University of Cambridge (1989–1990). After his study he was employed at the Council of State and the Ministry of the Interior.


Van Haersma Buma was the secretary of the CDA in The Hague and a member of the executive committee of the CDA in the Province of South Holland in the late 1990s. From January to June 2002 he was a member of the municipal council of Voorburg (South Holland) and since May 2002 he is a member of the Dutch House of Representatives. He became the party's spokesman on judicial affairs and is known for his law and order approach. From 2007 to 2010 he was the secretary of the CDA parliamentary group in the House of Representatives.

Although the CDA lost the elections of June 2010, Van Haersma Buma was re-elected. He supported his party chief, Maxime Verhagen, during the negotiations between the CDA and the conservative liberal People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) of Mark Rutte and the populist Party for Freedom (PVV) of Geert Wilders which eventually resulted in a minority government of the VVD and CDA with parliamentary support of the PVV. After Parliamentary leader Verhagen became deputy Prime Minister in the new government Van Haersma Buma was elected as his successor.[2]

After the fall of the cabinet, Van Haersma Buma criticised the PVV, the party responsible for the break up of the cabinet.[3] Shortly afterwards he announced his candidacy for the party's leadership. On 18 May 2012 he was elected as lijsttrekker (leader) of the CDA by a majority of the CDA members.[4] In the meantime he and the leaders of the VVD, ChristenUnie, D66 and GroenLinks, the so-called "Spring Agreement (nl)" (a budgetary agreement) for 2013.


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Party political offices
Preceded by
Maxime Verhagen
Leader of Christian Democratic Appeal in the House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jan Peter Balkenende / vacant
Leader of Christian Democratic Appeal