The Speaker

Sigmar Gabriel, Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety

Sigmar Gabriel, born in Goslar on 12th September 1959, one daughter, grammar school teacher

Attended secondary school level I and grammar school (university entrance qualification) in Goslar; 2-year military service; studied at the University of Göttingen to become a grammar schools teacher in the subjects of German, politics and sociology.

1976-1989
Child and youth work in the SPD-sympathetic youth organisation "Sozialistische Jugend Deutschlands - Die Falken" (Socialist Youth of Germany - The Falcons)

1977
Joined the Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands (SPD - Social Democratic Party of Germany)

since 1979
Member of the ÖTV trade union, later of IG Metall and the Arbeiterwohlfahrt (Workers' Welfare Association)

1983-1988
Lecturer in political adult education in the educational association "Arbeit und Leben" (Work and Life) and for the trade unions ÖTV and IG Metall

1987
Degree examination (I) for the teaching profession in grammar schools

1987-1998
District Councillor in Goslar District

1988
Degree examination (II) for the teaching profession in grammar schools

1989-1990
Teacher in vocational adult education in the Bildungswerk der Niedersächsischen Volkshochschulen (educational institute of Lower Saxon adult evening class institutions)

Since 1990
Member of the Lower Saxon state parliament

1990 - 1994
Member of the environmental committee of the Lower Saxon state parliament

1991-1999
Councillor in the city of Goslar, in this period chairman of the environmental committee

1994-1997
Spokesman for Home Affairs in the SPD state parliamentary party

1997-1998
Vice-Chairman of the SPD state parliamentary party

1998-1999
Chairman of the SPD state parliamentary party

1999 - 2005
Member of the SPD party executive

December 1999 to March 2003
Prime Minister of the State of Lower Saxony

2003 to 2005
Chairman of the SPD state parliamentary party

since 22nd November 2005
Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety


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