Member of the German Bundestag
Born February 28, 1953 in Lübeck;
Single mother of two children.
Studied at the University of Hamburg;
trained as an electrician;
worked as a journalist for several years;
built up public relations section at Lübeck University of Applied Sciences from 1987;
headed the LEONARDO office at Lübeck University of Applied Sciences from 1997.
Joined the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) in 1983;
elected to Lübeck city council ("Bürgerschaft") in 1990;
chairwoman of the SPD group on the council from 1999 to 2002;
chairwoman of the Mühlentor Ost local branch of the SPD in Lübeck;
deputy chairwoman of the Lübeck county branch of the SPD;
Member of the German Bundestag since October 2002.
Member of the Committee on Labour and Social Affairs:
rapporteur for the topics of part-time, minor temporary and seasonal employment,
gender equality and pay equity,
social insurance (Book IV of the Social Code).
Member of the Committee on Tourism:
chairwoman of SPD-working group of Committee on Tourism (18th electoral term),
responsible for employment and training in the tourism sector,
basic tourism issues,
cultural tourism and reformation jubilee 2017
youth and family tourism,
and trade fairs and business travel.
Substitute member of the Committee on Food and Agriculture.