Martin van Rijn

Martin van Rijn
State Secretary for Health, Welfare and Sport
In office
5 November 2012  26 October 2017
Prime Minister Mark Rutte
Preceded by Marlies Veldhuijzen van Zanten
Succeeded by Paul Blokhuis
Personal details
Born Maarten Johannes van Rijn
(1956-02-07) February 7, 1956
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Political party Labour Party (PvdA)
Alma mater Erasmus University Rotterdam (MA in economics)
Occupation Politician, civil servant, businessman

Maarten Johannes "Martin" van Rijn (born 7 February 1956) is a retired Dutch politician, civil servant and businessman. A member of the Labour Party (Partij van de Arbeid, PvdA) he served as State Secretary for the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, dealing with nursing and care, elderly policy, youth policy and biotechnology in the Second Rutte cabinet, from 5 November 2012 to 26 October 2017. Previously he was the CEO of the PGGM pension fund.

In his capacity as a civil servant he was Director-General for health care at the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport from 2003 to 2007, Director-General for management and personnel policy at the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations from 2000 to 2003 and Deputy Director-General for housing at the Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment from 1995 to 2000.

Van Rijn studied economics at Erasmus University Rotterdam. On 15 November 2017 he was named president of the directing board of Reinier Haga Groep, managing hospitals in The Hague, Delft and Zoetermeer.[1]


In 2008, he was named Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau.


  1. Martin van Rijn nieuwe voorzitter Reinier Haga Groep, 2017-11-14, Reinier Haga Groep (in Dutch).
Political offices
Preceded by
Marlies Veldhuijzen van Zanten
State Secretary for Health, Welfare and Sport
Succeeded by
Paul Blokhuis
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