Sybrand van Haersma Buma

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Sybrand van Haersma Buma
Sybrand van Haersma Buma 2012.jpg
Sybrand van Haersma Buma in 2012
Leader of the Christian Democratic Appeal
Incumbent
Assumed office
30 June 2012
Preceded by Maxime Verhagen
Parliamentary leader of the Christian Democratic Appeal in the House of Representatives of the Netherlands
Incumbent
Assumed office
14 October 2010
Preceded by Maxime Verhagen
Member of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands
Incumbent
Assumed office
23 May 2002
Personal details
Born Sybrand van Haersma Buma
(1965-07-30) 30 July 1965 (age 50)
Workum, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Political party Christian Democratic Appeal
Spouse(s) Marijke Geertsema
Children 2 children
Residence Voorburg, Netherlands
Alma mater University of Groningen
(Master of Laws)
University of Cambridge
(Master of Laws)
Occupation Politician
Civil servant
Jurist
Religion Protestantism

Sybrand van Haersma Buma (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈsibrɐnt vɐn ˈɦaːrsmɐ ˈbymɐ]); born 30 July 1965) is a Dutch politician of the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA). He is the Parliamentary leader of the Christian Democratic Appeal in the House of Representatives since 14 October 2010 and has been a Member of the House of Representatives since 23 May 2002. Van Haersma Buma has been the Leader of the Christian Democratic Appeal since 30 June 2012.

Biography[edit]

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.

Politics[edit]

Van Haersma Buma was the secretary of the Christian Democratic Appeal in The Hague and a member of the executive committee of the Christian Democratic Appeal 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 Christian Democratic Appeal parliamentary group in the House of Representatives.

Sybrand van Haersma Buma and Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel in 2014.

Although the Christian Democratic Appeal lost the elections of June 2010, Van Haersma Buma was re-elected. He supported his party chief, Maxime Verhagen, during the negotiations between the Christian Democratic Appeal 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 Christian Democratic Appeal 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.[1]

After the fall of the cabinet, Van Haersma Buma criticised the PVV, the party responsible for the breakup of the cabinet.[2] Shortly afterwards he announced his candidacy for the party's leadership. On 18 May 2012 he was elected as lijsttrekker (leader) of the Christian Democratic Appeal by a majority of the Christian Democratic Appeal members.[3] In the meantime he and the leaders of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy, ChristianUnion, Democrats 66 and GroenLinks, the so-called "Spring Agreement (nl)" (a budgetary agreement) for 2013.

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Official
Party political offices
Preceded by
Maxime Verhagen
Parliamentary leader of the Christian Democratic Appeal
in the House of Representatives of the Netherlands

2010–
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Leader of the Christian Democratic Appeal
2012–
Succeeded by
Incumbent