Marja van Bijsterveldt

Marja van Bijsterveldt
Minister of Education, Culture and Science
In office
October 14, 2010  November 5, 2012
Prime Minister Mark Rutte
Preceded by André Rouvoet
Succeeded by Jet Bussemaker
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
June 17, 2010  October 14, 2010
State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science
In office
February 22, 2007  October 14, 2010
Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende
Preceded by Bruno Bruins
Succeeded by Halbe Zijlstra
Party Chair of the Christian Democratic Appeal
In office
November 2, 2002  February 22, 2007
Leader Jan Peter Balkenende
Preceded by Marnix van Rij
Succeeded by Peter van Heeswijk
Mayor of Schipluiden
In office
September 16, 1994  January 1, 2003
Preceded by Jan Waaijer
Succeeded by John de Prieëlle
Personal details
Born Janneke Marlene Vliegenthart
(1961-06-27) June 27, 1961
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Political party Christian Democratic Appeal
Spouse(s) Married
Residence Schipluiden, Netherlands
Occupation Politician
Civil servant
Religion Protestant Church in the Netherlands

Janneke Marlene "Marja" van Bijsterveldt-Vliegenthart (born June 27, 1961) is a politician of the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA). She was the Minister of Education, Culture and Science in the First Rutte cabinet from October 14, 2010 to November 5, 2012.


Early life

Van Bijsterveldt attended nursing school and worked in healthcare.


In 1990 she became politically active for the Christian Democratic Appeal. She was an alderwoman (member) of the Almere municipal council but left her post after the mayor of Almere's expenses were investigated. van Bijsterveldt disagreed with the way the other aldermen of the social-democratic PvdA and the liberal VVD had dealt with the matter, and following a motion of no-confidence in the VVD and the PvdA she resigned.

In 1994 she became mayor of Schipluiden and at the age of 33 years, she was the youngest mayor in Dutch history. She also was active within the CDA. first as chair of the CDJA, the CDA's youth organization and later as chair of the CDA-women's council. In November 2002 Van Bijsterveldt became party chair of the CDA. She was the first chair directly elected by the CDA membership. She beat the other candidate with 26.542 against 9.574 votes. She was re-elected for a period of four years in 2006. On 22 February 2007 Ms Van Bijsterveldt-Vliegenthart was appointed State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science in the fourth Fourth Balkenende cabinet. In August 2009 she spoke in the Dutch parliament about Laura Dekker, a thirteen-year-old Dutch citizen whose plans to circumnavigate the world solo caused international controversy. Marja van Bijsterveldt spoke against Dekker and agreed with the decision to make her a ward of court.[1]


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Party political offices
Preceded by
Marnix van Rij
Party Chair
Christian Democratic Appeal

Succeeded by
Peter van Heeswijk
Government offices
Preceded by
Bruno Bruins
State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science
Succeeded by
Henk Kamp
Preceded by
André Rouvoet
Minister of Education, Culture and Science
Succeeded by
Jet Bussemaker
Political offices
Preceded by
Jan Waaijer
Mayor of Schipluiden
Succeeded by
John de Prieëlle
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