Leadership

Jens Spahn - Federal Minister of Health

Portrait von Bundesgesundheitsminister Jens Spahn im Hochformat

Jens Spahn trained as a bank business management assistant before going on to study political science (Master of Arts). He was born in 1980 in Ahaus and, in 2002, was elected for the first time to the German Bundestag for the constituency of Steinfurt I / Borken I. From 2009 to 2015, he served as the health spokesperson of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the Bundestag and, from July 2015 to March 2018, as Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Finance. On 14 March 2018, he was sworn in as Federal Minister of Health. 

Jens Spahn joined the Young Union (youth division of the CDU/CSU) in 1995 and the CDU in 1997. He has been chairperson of the Borken county chapter of the CDU since 2005. A member of the CDU Federal Executive Board since 2012, he was elected to the Executive Committee of the CDU at the federal party conference in Cologne in 2014. As chairperson of the German-Netherlands Parliamentary Friendship Group, Jens Spahn promotes good cross-border relations between the two countries.

Parliamentary State Secretary Sabine Weiss

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Sabine Weiss was born in Duisburg in 1958. After receiving her higher education entrance qualification (Abitur) she studied law at the Ruhr University Bochum and, from 1989, worked as a lawyer, first in Duisburg-Hamborn and later in Dinslaken. From 1999 to 2009, she was the directly elected mayor of the city of Dinslaken. In 2009, she was elected directly to the German Bundestag for the Wesel I constituency. From 2014, she was deputy chairperson of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group. On 15 March 2018, Sabine Weiss was appointed Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Health.

Sabine Weiss has been a member of the CDU since 1980, serving initially as the chairperson of the Obermarxloh local group of the Duisberg CDU and as the deputy chairperson of the Duisburg Women’s Union. From 1989, she was the chair of the CDU group in the Hamborn City Council and, also from 1989 to 1998, a member of the Hamborn district council, where she served as the chairperson of the CDU group. In 1998 she transferred to the CDU in Dinslaken. From 2010 to 2016, Sabine Weiss was the chairperson of the Women's Union in the Wesel county chapter. Since 2012 she has been a member of the CDU Federal Executive Board, and since 2016 chairperson of the CDU Wesel county chapter.

Parliamentary State Secretary Dr. Thomas Gebhart

Portrait vom Parlamentarischen Staatssekretär Dr. Thomas Gebhart im Hochformat

Dr. Thomas Gebhart was born in 1971 in Kandel and studied political science and business administration at the University of Mannheim and Aston University Birmingham in England, after receiving his university entrance qualification (Abitur) and completing his civilian service. In 1998, he began work as the assistant to the then Member of the Bundestag, Dr. Heiner Geißler, completed his doctorate in 2002 at the University of Mannheim and was employed in the area of environment, safety and energy at the BASF Group in Ludwigshafen, from 2002 to 2003. From 2003, he was a Member of Parliament of the Land of Rhineland-Palatinate where he represented the Germersheim constituency. He has been a directly elected Member of the Bundestag for the Southern Palatinate constituency since 2009. On 15 March 2018, Dr. Thomas Gebhart was appointed Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Health.

Thomas Gebhart joined the Young Union in 1989 and has been a member of the CDU since 1996. He became the chairperson of the Germersheim county chapter of the CDU in 2002, the environmental spokesperson of the CDU group at the Land Parliament in 2006, and the deputy chairperson of the CDU district chapter for Rheinhessen-Pfalz in 2007. Since 2009, he has been a regular member of the Committee on the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety.

Lutz Stroppe - State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Health

Portrait vom Staatssekretär Lutz Stroppe im Hochformat

The Permanent State Secretary is technically in charge of the Ministry's individual spheres of responsibility – the Directorates-General.

Lutz Stroppe was born in Wolfenbüttel on 20 October 1956. He is married with two daughters.

After studying for a teaching degree in history and political sciences, inter alia at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, he went on to work as a research assistant at the Konrad Adenauer Foundation's Archive for Christian Democratic Policy. In November 1986, he became the Director of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation's training institute Bildungswerk Mainz and, in October 1991, Director of the Foundation's Bildungswerk Berlin.

From 1999 to 2001, he served as Deputy Head of Office to the former Federal Chancellor Dr. Helmut Kohl before being appointed Head of Office on 1 February 2001. From 2006 to 2010, he held the post of Head of Department for Political Programmes and Analyses at the Federal Headquarters of the CDU.

Between February 2010 and July 2012, he was Head of Directorate-General 5 "Children and Youth" at the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ). On 4 July 2012, he was appointed State Secretary at the BMFSFJ.

Since 7 January 2014, Lutz Stroppe has been serving as State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Health.