Tineke Huizinga

Tineke Huizinga
Minister of the Environment and Spatial Planning
In office
23 February 2010  14 October 2010
Preceded by Jacqueline Cramer
Succeeded by Melanie Schultz van Haegen and Piet Hein Donner
Secretary of State of Transport, Public Works and Water Management
In office
2007  23 February 2010
Preceded by Melanie Schultz van Haegen
Succeeded by Joop Atsma
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
23 May 2002  21 February 2007
Member of the Heerenveen municipal council
In office
Personal details
Born Johanna Catharina Heringa
(1960-02-16) 16 February 1960
Dantumadiel, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Political party ChristianUnion
Website www.tinekehuizinga.christenunie.nl

Johanna Catharina (Tineke) Huizinga-Heringa (born 16 February 1960 in Dantumadiel) is a former Dutch politician. She was a Member of Parliament for the ChristianUnion from 2002 to 2007. From 2007 till 2010 she was a Secretary of State and in 2010 Minister of Environment and Spatial Planning.

Huizinga grew up in Amersfoort; both of her parents were teachers. After attending gymnasium, she began to study law at the University of Utrecht. She became involved in the Christian student's association Ichtus, where she met her future husband. They married in 1982. After passing her candidate exams (roughly equivalent of a bachelor's degree), she stopped her studies and moved to Heerenveen. She became a housewife and mother of three children.

She volunteered as translator at a Christian foundation, Open Doors, which advocates the interest of persecuted Christians worldwide. She became involved in the cases of asylum seekers and refugees and worked as a volunteer for VluchtenlingenWerk Nederland. Because of her involvement with social and religious issues, the Reformatory Political Federation asked her to become their top candidate in Heerenveen for the 1998 municipal elections. She was elected into the Heerenveen municipal council.

In 2002 she was elected member of House of Representatives. She was elected on basis of preference votes. The ChristianUnion only got four seats and she was seventh candidate, but because so many voters voted for her she entered parliament at the cost of prominent GPV leader Eimert van Middelkoop. She was member of the parliamentary research committee into the Srebrenica massacre. In the 2003 elections she was re-elected, again with preference votes, now at the cost of Leen van Dijke. She was fourth candidate and the ChristianUnion only got three seats. In parliament she had been occupied with foreign affairs, international development, migration, integration, spatial planning and the environment. She was secretary of the parliamentary party.

As Secretary of State for Transport, Public Works and Water Management, Huizinga survived a motion of no confidence in April 2008 over the (supposedly failed) introduction of a MIFARE-based nationwide public transport payment system.[1]


  1. Keken, Kim van. "Huizinga overleeft motie van wantrouwen" de Volkskrant, 17 April 2008, p.3
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