Thomas de Maizière (CDU)

Portrait Thomas de Maizière

Portrait Thomas de Maizière

Photo: Laurence Chaperon

Born on 21 January 1954 in Bonn; married, three children

1972
Abitur (higher education entrance qualification); military service

1972 - 1979
Studied Law und History in Münster and Freiburg , first state examination (Referendarexamen)

1982
Second state examination (Assessorexamen)

1983
Employee of Governing Mayors of Berlin, Richard von Weizsäcker and Eberhard Diepgen

1985 - 1989
Leader of the Basic Issues Division (Grundsatzreferat) of the Senate Chancellery of the federal state (Land) of Berlin; Press Spokesman of the CDU parliamentary group in the Berlin Parliament

1986
Qualified as Doctor of Law (Dr. jur.) at Wilhelms University in Münster

1990
Assisted in setting up the office of the Minister-President of the last government of the GDR; member of the negotiating delegation for the German Unification Treaty

1993
Chairman of the Joint Conference of Heads of Government (Amtschefkonferenz) of the Conference of Ministers of Cultural Affairs

1990 - 1994
State Secretary in the Ministry of Culture of the federal state (Land) of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

1994 - 1998
Head of the State Chancellery of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

1999
Adviser and, from October 1999 on, Leader of the State Chancellery of Saxony

2001 - 2002
Minister of State for Finance in Saxony

2002 - 2004
Minister of State for Justice in Saxony

Since 2004
Minister of State for the Interior in Saxony

2005 - 2009
Head of the Federal Chancellery

2009 - 2011
Federal Minister of the Interior

Since March 2011
Federal Minister of Defence