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1898-1918 Co-Leader of the Social Democrats Rosa Luxemburg
1924-26 Chairperson of the Communist Party Ruth Fischer
Her real name was Elfriede Eisler. She founded the Communist Party of Austria (KPÖ) in 1918. In 1921-24 she was chair of the Communist Party of the Berlin. Member of the German Reichrats. She escaped to France in 1933 and immigrated to USA in 1941. She died in France in 1961. She lived (1895-1961)
1924-28 Vice-Chairperson of the Zentrum Party
1949-51 Chairperson of the Deutschen Zentrumspartei and Parliamentary Leader of the Group
Member of the Landtag of Preußen 1928-33, Member of the Landtag of Nordrhein-Westfalen 1946-47, Member of the Zonenbeirats der British Occupation Zone 1947/48, Member of the Bundestag 1949-52, co-founder of Gesamtdeutschen Volkspartei (GVP) in 1951. 1957-1969 again member of the Bundestag, this time for the Social Democrats. She lived (1898-1969)
Ca. 1955-60 Deputy Faction Chairperson of Deutsche Partei (German Party) Margot Kalinke
1957-61 Honorary President of Freie DemokFratische
Partei, FDP (Free Free Democrats) Maria-Elisabeth Lüdders
Former vice-President of the Bundestag and minister in a State-government
1964-68 Deputy Factions Chairperson of Christliche Demokratisch Union, CDU/CSU (Christian
Democratic Union/Christian Social Union) Aenne Brauksiepe
1967-69 Vice Chairperson of the Party
Minister in the Government
1969-72 Parliamentary Secretary General of Socialdemokratische Partei
Deutschlands, SDP (Social Democrats) Annemarie Renger
Later she was President and Vice-President of the Bundestag. She lived (1919-2008).
1972-76 Vice Chairperson of FDP Dr.Dr. Hildegard Hamm-Brücher
Various ministerial posts and Presidential candidate in 1992
1977-82 Vice Chairperson of FDP Liselotte Funcke
Minister in a local government
1980, 1980-81 and 1981-82 Co-Spokesperson of Die Grünen (Greens) Petra Kelly
She was killed by husband in 1992
1981-82 and 1982-83 Co-Spokesperson of Die Grünen Manon Maren-Grisebach
1982-84 Secretary General of FDP Dr. Irmgard Schwaetzer
1988-94 Vice Chairperson
A number of Ministerial posts, she was candidate for the Party leadership and number of other posts but finally resigned from any leadership positions
1983-84 Co-Spokesperson of Die Grünen Rebekka Schmidt
1983-87 Deputy Faction Chairperson of CDU/CSU Dr. Helga Wex
1984-87 and 1987-89 Co-Spokesperson of Die Grünen Jutta Ditfurth
1984-87 Deputy Faction Chairperson of SPD Herta Däubler-Gmelin
1988-97 Vice Chairperson of the Party
1993-97 Deputy Faction Chairperson
Minister of Justice 1998-2002. She was the first female Vice Chairperson of the party
1984-87 Vice Chairperson of CDU Dr. Hanna-Renate Laurien
Deputy Premier and President of the Parliament of Berlin
1987-89 Co-Spokesperson of Die Grünen Regina Michalik
Around 2000 Spokesperson of Bündnis 90/Grüne in Berlin
1987-91 Vice Chairperson of CDU Prof. Dr.Rita Süssmuth
She was President of the Bundestag
1987-90 Parliamentary Secretary General of FDP Ursula Seiler-Albring
She later was Vice-minister of Foreign Affairs
1987-? Parliamentary Secretary General of SPD Brititte Traupe
1987-94 Parliamentary Secretary General of SPD Gudrun Weyel
1988-93 Spokesperson of SPD Cornelia Sonntag-Wolgast
Deputy Minister since 1998
1988-99 Deputy Faction Chairperson of SPD Ingrid Matthäus-Maier
1989-90 Co-Spokesperson of Die Grünen Ruth Hanmerbacher
1989-90 Co-Spokesperson of Die Grünen Verena Krieger
1989-? Deputy Faction Chairperson of CDU/CSU Erika Reinhardt
1989-91 Secretary General of FDP Cornelia Schmalz-Jacobsen
1995-98 Vice Chairperson of the Party
1989- Chairperseon of die
Grauen Trude Unruh
MP 1985-90. (b. 1925-).
1990-98 Deputy Chairperson
CDU Angela Merkel
1993-2000 Chairperson of CDU in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
1998-2000 Federal Secretary General of CDU
2000- Federal Chairperson of CDU
2002-05 Chairperson of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Faction
She was Deputy Spokesperson of the Government of the DDR in 1990 and Federal Minister 1991-98. In 2005 was became Federal Chancellor in a CDU-SPD grand coalition. (b. 1954-).
1990-91 Co-Spokesperson of Die Grünen Renate Damus
1990-91 Co-Spokesperson of Grünen Heide Rühle
1994-98 Political Parliamentary Secretary General of Bündnis '90/Grünen (Union of '90/Greens)
1990-2005 Parliamentary Secretary General of Partei der Demokratischen
Sozialismus, PDS, (Party of Democratic Socialism) Dr. Barbara Höll
2005- Deputy Chairperson of the Parliamentary Fraction of Die Linke
From 2005 also Spokesperson of Finance, Economy and Industry
1991-93 Co-Spokesperson of Die Grünen Christine Weiske
1991-98 Deputy Faction Chairperson of CDU/CSU Maria Michalk
1991-2000 Parliamentary Secretary General of CDU/CSU Brigitte Baumeister
1991-94 Deputy Faction Chairperson of FDP Uta Würfel
1991-98 Parliamentary Secretary General of FDP Ina Abbowitz
1991-94 Parliamentary Secretary General of PDS Andrea Lederer
1992-2002 Parliamentary Secretary General of PDS Dr. Ruth Fuchs
1993-94 Co-Spokesperson of Bündnis '90/Die Grünen Marianne Birthler
Minister in Brandenburg and Federal Commissioner for the Archives of the State Security of the former DDR.
1993- Vice Chairperson of SPD Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul
From 1998 Minister of Development Aid
1993- Vice Chairperson of Christliche Soziale Union, CSU (Christian Social Union)
Deputy Parliamentary Chair in the Landtag 1986-87, Bavarian State Secretary of Labour, Social Affairs, Family, Women and Health 1987-94, Commissioner of Women's Affairs 1993-2001, Minister of Labour, Social Affairs, Family, Women and Health 1994-2001, Vice-Premier 1998-2001 and Vice-President of the Bavarian Landtag from 2003. (b. 1944-)
1993-94 Parliamentary Secretary General of SPD Gerlinde Hämmerle
1993-94 Vice Chairperson of PDS Kerstin Kaiser
1993-2000 Vice Chairperson of PDS Dr. Sylvia Yvonne Kaufmann
1993-95 Spokesperson of SPD Dagmar Wiebusch
1994-98 Spokesperson of the Faction of the Bündnis '90/Die Grünen
1998-2002 Co-Chairperson of the Faction Kerstin Müller
She was chairperson of the State Party of the Greens in Nordrhein-westfälischen 1990-94. (b. 1963-)
1994-96 Spokesperson of Bündnis '90/Die Grünen Krista Sager
2002-05 Co-Parliamentary Leader (Faction Chairperson)
Leader of the Party in Hamburg and since 1997 Deputy Mayor and Head of the Departments of Science, Research and Equality.
1994-2003 Vice Chairperson of CSU Monika Hohlmeier
Minister in the Government of Bavaria (b. 1962-)
1994-2000 Deputy Faction Chairperson of CDU/CSU Hannelore Rönsch
1994-95 Vice Chairperson of FDP NN
1994-98 Parliamentary Secretary General of SPD Karin Fuchs
1994-98 Deputy Chairperson of the Parliamentary Group of PDS Dr. Christa Luft
1998-2002 Deputy Faction Chairperson
She was Deputy Minister-President and Minister of Economics in DDR
1994-98 Deputy Chairperson of the Parliamentary Group of PDS Dr. Heide Knake-Werner
1998-2002 Deputy Faction Chairperson
Senator in the Government of Berlin from 2002.
1995-97 Vice Chairperson of PDS Angela Marquardt
Secretary General of PDS Dagmar Enkelmann
2003-08 Vice-Chairperson of PDS
2005- Parliamentary Secretary General of Die Linke
Member of the Presidium of the Volkskammer of DDR in 1990, Chairperson of the Parliamentary Fraction of PDS in the Landtag of Brandenburg from 1999 before joining the new Left Party consisting of the PDS and former SPD-members.
1996-2000 Co-Spokesperson of Bündnis '90/Die Grünen Gunda Röstel
1997-2001 Vice Chairperson of SPD Renate Schmidt
Until 2000 Chairperson of SPD in Bavaria and former Vice-President of the Bundestag and since 2002 Minister of Family, Seniors, Youth and Women.
1997-2001 Vice Chairperson of
FDP Cornelia Pieper
1998-2001 Deputy Faction Chairperson in the Bundestag
2001-2005 Secretary General
2005-11 Vice-Chairperson pf the party
She has been Chairperson of FDP in Sachsen-Anhalt since 1995 and Parliamentary State Secretary of Foreign Affairs from 2009.
1998-2012 Deputy Chairperson of CDU
Dr. Annette Schavan
Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport in Baden-Württemberg 1995-2005. In 2004 she was mentioned as a possible Presidential Candidate, but instead she was candidate for the post of Minister-President of Baden-Württemberg in the internal CDU-elections but lost to the male candidate. (b. 1955-).
1998-2000 Deputy Faction Chairperson of SPD Ulla Schmidt (Aachen)
1998-2002 Deputy Faction Chairperson of SPD Sabine Kaspereit
1998-2002 Deputy Faction Chairperson of SPD Iris Gleicke
2009- Parliamentary Secretary General
Parliamentary State Secretary in the Government 2002-05.
1998-2002 Parliamentary Secretary General of SPD Ilse Janz
1998-2002 Parliamentary Secretary General of SPD Susanne Kastner
From 2002 Vice-President of the Bundestag
1998-2002 Parliamentary Secretary General of SPD Dr. Angelica Schwall-Düren
2002- Deputy Faction Chairperson of SPD
1998-2000 Spokesperson of Bündnis '90/Die Grünen Antje Radcke
She was Chairperson of GAL Hamburg 1996-98 and 2000-01.
1998-2002 Parliamentary Secretary General of Bündnis '90/Die Grünen Kristin Heyne
1998-2002 Parliamentary Secretary General of Bündnis '90/Die Grünen Dagmar
2002-05 Co-Faction Chairperson
Jointly with Krista Sager, who was Co-Spokesperson of the party 1994-96. Vice-President of the Bundestag from 2005, Praeses of the synod of the Evangelical Church in Germany since 2007 and joint candidate for the post of Federal Chancellor for the 2013-elections
1998-2002 Parliamentary Secretary General of Bündnis '90/Die Grünen Steffi Lemke
There was no male PSG's of the party
2000- Leader of SSW
As Parliamentary Leader of Der Südschleswigsche Wählerverband, SSW, in the Assembly of Schleswig-Holstein she is the leader of the party of the Danish minority in Northern Germany.
2000-01 Co-Chairperson of Bündnis '90/Die Grünen Renate Künast
2005- Parliamentary Leader
Party Leader in Berlin 1989, Minister of Consumer's Protection and Agriculture 2001-05, Candidate for the Post of Chief of Government and Mayor of Berlin in 2011. In 2012 she finished third in the party elections for the position of joint candidate for the post of Federal Chancellor for the 2013-elections
2000-05 Deputy Faction Chairperson of CDU/CSU Dr. Maria Böhmer
Minister of State of Integration in the Office of the Chancellor from 2005.
2000-02 Parliamentary Secretary General of CDU/CSU Birgit Schnieber-Jashram
State Vice-Chairperson of CDU in Hamburg since 1992.
2000-03 Chairperson of PDS Gabi Zimmer
2000- Deputy Faction Chairperson of SPD Gudrun Schaich-Walch
2000-02 Deputy Chairperson of the Parliamentary
Fraction of PDS Petra Pau
2000-02 Deputy Party Chairperson of PDS
2005- Deputy Chairperson of the Parliamentary Fraction of Die Linke
From 2005 also Spokesperson of Internal Affairs. (b. 1963-).
2004- Co-Chairperson of Bündnis '90/Die Grünen Claudia Roth
In 2012 she finished fourth in the party elections for the position of joint candidate for the post of Federal Chancellor for the 2013-elections
2001-09 Parliamentary Secretary
General of CDU/CSU-Fraktion Ilse Elisabeth
2009- Vice-Chairperson of the Parliamentary Faction
2002-04 Co-Chairperson of Bündnis '90/Die Grüne Angelika Beer
2002-05 Parliamentary Secretary
General of Bündnis '90/Die Grüne Steffi Lemke
2002-05 Parliamentary Secretary General of Bündnis '90/Die Grünen Ekin Deligöz
2002-09 Parliamentary Secretary of Bündnis '90/Die Grünen Irmingard Schewe-Gerigk
2002-09 Vice-Chairperson of the
Faction of FDP Birgit Homburger
2009-11 Chairperson of the Parliamentary Faction
2011- Vice-Chairperson of the party
Chairperson of FDP/DVP Baden-Württemberg from 2004. (b. 1965-).
2002-09 Vice-Chairperson of the Faction of SPD Nicolette Kressl
2002-05 Vice-Chairperson of the
Faction of CDU/CSU Gerda Hasselfeldt
2011- Chairperson of the CSU-Group in the Bundestag (Vorsitzende der CSU-Landesgruppe)
Former Minister and 1. Vice-President of the Bundestag 2005-11
2002-09 Parliamentary Secretary General of SPD Nina Hauer
2003-07 Vice-Chairperson of SPD Ute Vogt
Chairperson of SPD in Baden-Württemberg from 1995 and Candidate for the post of Premier in 2001 and 2006 and Chairperson of the Assembly Faction 2006-08 and Parliamentary Secretary of State of the Federal Ministry of Interior 2002-06. (b. 1964-).
2003- Vice-Chairperson of CSU Dr. Beate Merk
Minister of Justice from 2003.
Vice-Chairperson of PDS
2009-10 Vice-Chairperson of Die Linke
2010-12 Joint Parliamentary Secretary General
2012- Joint Chairperson of Die Linke
Member of the Landtag of Sachsen since 1999. (b. 1978-).
Ca. 2003- Party Chairperson of SSW Gerda Eichhorn
2005-09 Permanent Deputy Chairperson of the Parliamentary Fraction of Die Linke Inge Höger-Neuling
2005-10 Deputy Chairperson of the Parliamentary
Fraction of Die Linke Gesine Lötzsch
2010-12 Joint Party Leader
She was elected Deputy Parliamentary Leader after her party had rejected her as Vice-President of the Federal Diet in favour of a 64 year old man. She was Chairperson of the PDS-Fraction in Berlin 1991-93 (b. 1961-).
2005- Deputy Chairperson of the Parliamentary
Fraction of Die Linke Monika Knoche
Also Spokesperson of Foreign Affairs
2005- Deputy Chairperson of the Parliamentary
Fraction of Die Linke Petra Sitte
Parliamentary Leader of PDS in the Landtag of Sachsen-Anhalt 1990-2004. (b. 1960-)
2005- Deputy Chairperson of the Parliamentary Fraction of Die Linke Martina Bunge
Deputy State Chairperson of PDS in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern 1996-2000. (b. 1951-).
2005-09 Deputy Chairperson of the Faction of FDP Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger
2011- Vice-Party Chairperson
Minister of Justice 1992-96 and since 2009, Chairperson of FDP in Bavaria since 2000.
2005-09 Parliamentary Secretary General of SPD Ute Kumpf
2005-09 Parliamentary Secretary General of Bündnis '90/Die Grüne Undine Kurth
2005 Secretary General-Elect of the SPD Andrea Nahles
2005-09 Vice-Chairperson of SPD
2009- Secretary General
Her election to the post by a large margin by the Party Central Executive against the wish of the Party Chairman led to his resignation and she resigned from the post. MP 1998-2002 and from 2005. (b. 1970-).
2005-09 Deputy Chairperson of SPD Bärbel
Chief Mayor of Bonn since 1994 and mother of 2 sets of twins. (b. 1949-).
2005- Deputy Chairperson of SPD
Secretary of State in the Federal Ministry of Building, Housing, Communication and Transport. (b. 1958-).
2005-08 Vice-Chairperson of Die Linkspartei.PDS Ulrike
2008-10 Vice-Chairperson of Die Linke
Vice-Chairperson of the
Faction of CDU/CSU
2005-09 Vice-Chairperson of the Faction of CDU/CSU Dr. Martina Krogmann
2009- Parliamentary Secretary General of the Faction
2007- Secretary General of CDU Christine Haderthauers
Member of the Bavarian Landtag since 2003. (b. 1963-).
2008-12 Vice-Chairperson of Die Linke Halina Wawzyniak
Former Vice-Chair of the Berlin Linke. (b. 1973-).
2009- Vice-Chairperson of SPD Manuela Schwesig
Minister of Social Affairs and Health in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern since 2008. (b. 1974-)
2009- Vice-Chairperson of SPD Hannelore Kraft
Minister in the local government 2001-05, Chairperson of the SPD Parliamentary Faction since 2005 and Party Chairperson in Nordrhein-Westfälen since 2007 and Candidate for the position of Minister President in 2010. (b. 1961-).
2009- Vice-Chairperson of the SPD Faction Dagmar Ziegler
2009- Parliamentary Secretary General of SPD Petra Ernstberger
2009- Vice-Chairperson of the FPD Faction Gisela Piltz
2009-11 Vice-Chairperson of the FPD Faction Miriam Gruß
2009-11 Vice-Chairperson of the FPD Faction Ulrike Flach
Parliamentary State Secretary of Health from 2011.
2009- Parliamentary Secretary General of FDP Claudia Winterstein
2010- Vice-Chairperson of Die Linke Sahra Wagenknecht
2011- Vice-Chairperson of SPD Aydan Özoguz
2012- Vice-Chairperson of Die Linke Caren Lay
2012- Vice-Chairperson of CDU Julia Klöckner
Chairperson of the CDU of Rheinland-Pfälz
Last update 05.12.12