Katarina Barley

Katarina Barley

Katarina Barley

Katarina Barley heads the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection. Prior to that she was Federal Minister for Family Affairs and acting Minister of Labour and Social Affairs. She is a lawyer by profession, and has been a member of the German Bundestag since 2013. From 2015 to 2017 she was Secretary General of the SPD.

(Photo: obs/BVMW/Katarina Barley|Susie Knoll)

CV

  • Born 19 November 1968 in Cologne; two children

  • 1987 to 1998
    Abitur (higher education entrance qualification); studied Law in Marburg and Paris; first and second state examinations in law and Diplôme de Droit Français; awarded Doctorate in Law in Münster

  • 1994
    Joined the SPD

  • 1994 - 1998
    Member of Trier North Local Council

  • 1998 - 1999
    Practiced law in Hamburg

  • 1999 - 2001
    Head of Division within the Scientific Services of Rhineland-Palatinate’s State Parliament

  • 2001 - 2003
    Research assistant at the Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe

  • 2005 - 2006
    German representative at the House of the Greater Region in Luxembourg

  • 2007 - 2008
    Judge at Trier Regional Court and Wittlich District Court

  • 2005 - 2011
    Member of the City Council of Schweich an der Römischen Weinstraße

  • since 2005
    Member of the SPD District Executive in Trier-Saarburg

  • 2008 - 2013
    Advisor at the Rhineland-Palatinate State Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection

  • since 2009
    Member of the Collective Municipal Council, Schweich an der Römischen Weinstraße

  • 2010 - 2016
    Chair of the SPD District Executive in Trier-Saarburg

  • since 2013
    Member of the German Bundestag

  • 2015 - 2017
    Secretary General of the SPD

  • 2017 - 2018
    Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth

  • 2017 - 2018
    Acting Minister of Labour and Social Affairs

  • since March 2018
    Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection

  • Photo: obs/BVMW/Katarina Barley|Susie Knoll