Leadership

Jens Spahn - Federal Minister of Health

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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

Portrait von der Parlamentarischen Staatssekretärin Sabine Weiss im Hochformat

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

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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.

Dr. Thomas Steffen - State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Health

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Dr. Thomas Steffen (*25 December 1961) was appointed State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Health in Bonn/Berlin on 15 May 2019. Previously, from January 2012 to April 2018, he was State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Finance where his responsibilities included European and currency policies, financial markets and regulation, international cooperation and macroeconomic policy issues. Thomas Steffen was instrumental in managing the European state debt crisis after moving from the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) to the Federal Ministry of Finance as Head of Directorate for Europe in October 2010.

At the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority in Bonn, Thomas Steffen served eight years as Chief Executive Director of Insurance and Pension Fund Supervision and was on the authority's Executive Board. In 2003 he also took over European and international tasks. From early 2007 to autumn 2009, he chaired the Committee of European Insurance and Occupational Pension Supervisors in Frankfurt.

Prior to his move to BaFin in 2002, Thomas Steffen was Head of Division at the Federal Ministry of Finance, with a remit that included Federal Government export guarantees and state guarantees. As of 1995 he had worked at the Federal Ministry of Finance with responsibilities for federal holdings. He also held the position of private secretary to Parliamentary State Secretary Karwatzki and, from 1998 to 2000, he was a senior policy officer at the German Bundestag.

Thomas Steffen began his professional career in 1990 by joining the Directorate-General for Industrial Policy at the Federal Ministry of Economics in Bonn. In 1991/1992 in the wake of German reunification he switched to the Treuhandanstalt privatisation agency in Berlin and then to the Ministry of Finance in Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, where he served as Head of Division from 1993 to 1995.

Thomas Steffen studied law and political science in Mainz, including a study visit to the partner university in Dijon, completing his state examinations in 1987 and 1990. He earned his doctorate from the University of Mainz in 1992 with a doctoral thesis in comparative law, complemented by courses of study at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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