Curriculum vitae

born on 25 February 1961 in Uedem, Kleve county, Germany , Protestant, married, 4 children

Education and professional experience

1980-1987 Law school at the University of Cologne
1987 First State Examination
1987-1993 Research assistant at the department of Political Philosophy and Legal Policy at the University of Cologne
1991-1993 Trainee lawyer at the District Court Cologne
1993 Second State Examination
since 1994 Licensed lawyer


since 1977 Member of the CDU
1983-1989 County chairman of the Junge Union Neuss
1989-1994 Chairman of the national Junge Union Germany
1984-1989 Member of the County Council Neuss
1993-1994 Member of the County Council Neuss
1991-1993 Member of the CDU programme commission
since 1994 Member of the Deutscher Bundestag
1994-1998 Spokesman of the "Young group" in the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group
1998-2005 Spokesman on Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid of the CDU/CSU-Parliamentary Group
2001-2009 Chairman of the CDU Rhein-Kreis Neuss
2005-2008 Legal Advisor of the CDU/CSU-Parliamentary Group, Spokesman of the CDU/CSU-Parliamentary Group on the first fact-finding committee, Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs
2008-2009 Minister of State at the Federal Chancellery, responsible for the coordination between states and federal government, deregulation and parliamentary relations
2009-2013 Secretary General of the CDU
2013-2018 Federal Minister of Health
since 2014 Member of the CDU Federal Executive Board
since 2018 Deputy Chairman of the CDU/CSU-Parliamentary Group

Social commitment

 1997-2009 Member of the Council of the Protestant Church in Germany (EKD)
since 1997 Member of the National Synod of the EKD
2000-2008 Chairman of the “Diakonisches Werk” in Neuss, the relief organization of the EKD in Neuss
2000-2009 Co-editor of the nationwide Protestant magazine “Chrismon”
since 2001 Member of the Board of Directors of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation
since 2018 Deputy Chairman of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation