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Biography of Federal Minister Dr Barbara Hendricks

Portrait of Barbara Hendricks
BMUB/Susie Knoll

Born 29 April 1952 in Kleve, North Rhine-Westphalia


Timeperiod Stations of education
1970received higher education entrance qualification from the Johanna Sebus Gymnasium
1970 - 1976studied history and social sciences at the university in Bonn
1976passed the state examination for teachers in secondary education
1980completed doctorate


Timeperiod Stations of education
1972joined the SPD
1976 - 1978worked for Deutsches Studentenwerk (National Association for Student Affairs) as freelancer
1978 - 1981Press officer for the SPD parliamentary group in the German Bundestag
1981 - 1990Speaker for the Finance Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia
1989 - 2014Chairperson of the SPD subdistrict Kleve
1990 - 2001Member of the Party Council
1991 - 1994Head of the division for cross-border planning for the Ministry for Environment, Regional Planning and Agriculture of North Rhine-Westphalia
since 1994Member of the German Bundestag
1998 - 2007Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Finance
2001 - 2013Member of the Executive Committee of the SPD
2007 - 2013Treasurer of the SPD
since 12/2013Minister at Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety
since 2014Member of the board of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung