Sigmar Gabriel

Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy

Sigmar Gabriel
Sigmar Gabriel, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy
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Born in Goslar on 12 September 1959
2 daughters
Grammar school teacher

Attended intermediate secondary school and grammar school in Goslar, passing university entrance examination;
2 years of military service;
Completed teacher training as a grammar school teacher for German, politics, and sociology at the University of Göttingen; 1st state examination in 1987, 2nd state examination for grammar school teachers in 1988

Political Career

1976-1989
Worked with children and young people within "Sozialistische Jugend Deutschlands - Die Falken", a youth organisation affiliated to the SPD

since 1977
Member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD)

since 1979
Member of the Public Services and Transport Workers' Union (ÖTV); later also of the metal workers' union (IG Metall) and the Workers' Welfare Association (Arbeiterwohlfahrt)

1983-1988
Teacher in adult education for the workers' educational organisation Arbeit und Leben and for the ÖTV and IG Metall trade unions

1987-1998
District councillor for Goslar

1989-1990
Teacher in adult education for the educational institute of adult education centres (VHS) in Lower Saxony

1990-2005
Directly elected Member of the state parliament of Lower Saxony

1990-1994
Member of the environment committee in the state parliament of the Lower Saxony 

1991-1999
Borough councillor for the city of Goslar; chairman of the environment committee

1994-1997
Spokesman for domestic affairs in the SPD parliamentary group in the state parliament of Lower Saxony

1997-1998
Deputy chairman of the SPD parliamentary group in the state parliament of Lower Saxony

1998-1999
Chairman of the SPD parliamentary group in the state parliament of Lower Saxony

1999-2005
Member of the executive committee of the SPD

December 1999 - March 2003
Minister-President of Lower Saxony

2003-2005
Chairman of the SPD parliamentary group in the state parliament of Lower Saxony

since October 2005
Directly elected Member of the German Bundestag for constituency 49 (Salzgitter-Wolfenbüttel)

November 2005 - October 2009
Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety

13 November 2009
Elected chairman of the Social Democratic Party of Germany

5 December 2011
Re-elected chairman of the Social Democratic Party of Germany

14 November 2013
Re-elected chairman of the Social Democratic Party of Germany

Since 17 December 2013
Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy

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Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy