|Member of the Senate|
Assumed office |
9 June 2015
|State Secretary for Infrastructure and the Environment|
14 October 2010 – 5 November 2012
|Prime Minister||Mark Rutte|
|Preceded by||Tineke Huizinga|
|Succeeded by||Wilma Mansveld|
|Member of the House of Representatives|
19 May 1998 – 14 October 2010
Johannes Jan Atsma|
6 July 1956
|Political party||Christian Democratic Appeal|
|Spouse(s)||Tea van der Schaaf (since 1982)|
|Alma mater||University of Groningen (not completed)|
|Occupation||Politician, sport administrator, journalist|
|Website||Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment|
Atsma was the State Secretary for Infrastructure and the Environment in the first Rutte cabinet, serving from 14 October 2010 to 5 November 2012. He previously served as a Member of the House of Representatives from 19 May 1998 until 14 October 2010.
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. He took his oath in the West 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 14 October 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.
- (in Dutch) Parlement.com biography