Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer

Federal Minister of Defence

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer took office as Federal Minister of Defence in July 2019. She served as state premier of the Saarland from 2011 to 2018, and has been Chairwoman of the CDU since December 2018. 

(Photo: Sebastian Wilke/Bundeswehr)

CV

  • Born on 9 August 1962 in Völklingen; married, three children

  • 1982
    Abitur (higher education entrance qualification)

  • 1982 - 1990
    Studied law and politics at the Universities of Trier and Saarbrücken

  • 1981
    Joined the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU)

  • 1981
    Joined the Frauen Union, the women’s section of the CDU

  • 1984 to 2000 and 2009 to 2011
    Member of Püttlingen town council

  • 1989   
    Became a member of the Christlich-Demokratischen Arbeitnehmerschaft (CDA – Christian Democratic Employees’ Association)

  • 1989 to 1994 and 1999 to 2000   
    Deputy executive, Püttlingen

  • 1991 to 1998
    Policy and planning officer, CDU Saar

  • 1998 to 2011  
    Chairwoman of the CDU municipal association, Püttlingen

  • 1998   
    Member of the German Bundestag

  • 1999 to 2000  
    Parliamentary Secretary of the CDU parliamentary group in the Saarland state parliament

  • 1999 to 2012  
    Chairwoman of the Frauen Union in Saarland

  • 1999 to 2018
    Member of the Saarland state parliament

  • 2000 to 2004  
    Minister of the Interior and Sport, Saarland (Germany’s first female minister of the interior)

  • since 2003           
    Vice Federal Chairwoman of the Frauen Union

  • 2003 to 2011  
    Vice Chairwoman of the CDU Saar

  • 2004 to 2007  
    Minister of the Interior, Family Affairs, Women and Sport, Saarland

  • 2007 to 2009  
    Minister of Education, Women, Family Affairs and Culture, Saarland

  • 2009 to 2011  
    Minister of Labour, Family, Preventive Action, Social Affairs and Sport, Saarland

  • 2010 to 2012  
    Chairwoman of the CDU federal expert committee on "Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth"

  • since 2010            
    Member of the Presidium of the CDU Germany

  • 2011 to 2012  
    Minister of Justice, Saarland

  • since 2011           
    Member of the Federal Executive of the CDU Germany

  • 2011 to 2018  
    State premier of the Saarland

  • 2012 to 2018  
    Minister of Science and Research, Saarland

  • 2018   
    Secretary General of the CDU Germany

  • since December 2018    
    Chairwoman of the CDU Germany

  • since July 2019
    Federal Minister of Defence

Federal Minister of Defence

Bonn office
Fontainengraben 150
53123 Bonn
Phone: +49 (0) 228 120-0
Fax: +49 (0) 228 120-5357

Berlin office
Stauffenbergstraße 18
10785 Berlin
Phone: +49 (0) 30 18 24-000
Fax: +49 (0) 30 18 24-5357

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