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Barbara Anne Hendricks

Barbara Anne Hendricks

Nominated German Federal Minister of the Environment in December 2013.

From 2007 to 2013, she was (and currently still is) Federal Treasurer of the SPD, and from 1998 to 2007 she was Parliamentary Secretary of State at the Federal Ministry of Finance.


Early life and career

Born in Kleve 29 April 1952.

After obtaining her Abitur in 1970 at the Johanna Sebus Gymnasium in Kleve, Barbara Hendricks studied History and Social Sciences in Bonn, passing the Staatsexamen examination for high school teachers in 1976.

She then worked for the Association for Student Affairs until 1978. After that, until 1981, she was a deputy press secretary at the press office of the Bundestag parliamentary party of the SPD.  In 1980 she was awarded a doctorate based on a thesis entitled "The development of the margarine industry on the lower Rhine".

She was then press secretary of the minister of finance of the state of North Rhine-Westfalia until 1990. In 1991 she was appointed Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of the Environment, Spatial Planning and Agriculture of the State of North Rhine-Westfalia. Barbara Hendricks is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Aktion Pro Humanität foundation.

SPD politician

Barbara Hendricks has been a member of the SPD since 1972 and has been the president of the SPD party organization for the District of Kleve since 1989. From 1990 to 2001 she was a member of the party council. From 1987 to 2001 she was a member of the state party executive of the SPD in North Rhine-Westphalia – as from 1996 as treasurer. Since 2001 she has been a member of the SPD (federal) party executive. Since October 2007, she has been SPD federal treasurer.

In the campaign for the German federal election, 2009 Hendricks was a member of the "shadow cabinet" of the SPD candidate for the chancellorship, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, where she was responsible for consumer affairs. Hendricks is a member of the executive of the SPD Culture Forum, mainly responsible for culture financing.

Member of local government

From 1984 to 1989 Hendricks was a member of the District Council of the Rural District of Kleve.

Since 1994 she has been a member of the Bundestag, where, from October 1995 to November 1998, she was a member of the executive of the SPD parliamentary party. Barbara Hendricks was always elected to the Bundestag via the party list of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Public office

After the German federal election, 1998, on 27 October 1998 she was appointed parliamentary state secretary to the Federal Minister of Finance in the cabinet of Chancellor Gerhard Schröder. From 22 November 2005 she continued in this office in the cabinet of Angela Merkel – meaning that Barbara Hendricks was a state secretary under three finance ministers: Oskar Lafontaine, Hans Eichel, and Peer Steinbrück. She left this office on 16 November 2007, after being elected federal treasurer of the SPD.

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