Advisory Board Member
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Born 18th February 1961 in Aachen, married, three children

Education and career

• 1981: Abitur
• 1981 – 1987: Studies in Law and Politics at University of Munich and University of Bonn. First State Examination in Law 1987
• 1987 – 1994: Training as journalist and freelance journalism for Bavarian radio and television broadcasters. Consultant to President of German Bundestag.
• 1994 – 1998: Member of German Bundestag
• 1995 – 1999: Publishing Manager and Chief Executive of Einhard-Verlags GmbH
• 1999 – 2005: Member of European Parliament
• 2005 – 2010: Minister for Generations, Family, Women and Integration, State of North Rhine-Westphalia. From 2010: also Minister for Federal Affairs, Europe and Media
• 2010 – 2021: Member of the North Rhine-Westphalia State Parliament
• 2012 – 2021: Deputy Chairman of CDU Germany and Chairman of CDU, North Rhine-Westphalia
• 2013 – 2017: Chairman of CDU Parliamentary Group in North Rhine-Westphalia State Parliament
• 2017 – 2021: Minister President of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia
• 2019 – 2021: Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Germany for Cultural Affairs under the Treaty on Franco-German Cooperation
• 2021 – 2022: Chairman of CDU Germany
• since 2021: Member of German Bundestag and member of the Committee for Foreign Affairs since 2022: Vice President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
• since 2022: Chairman of the Subcommittee on Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation