State Government

State Government

The Premier: Hannelore Kraft

The Premier heads the State Government. She is in charge of government business and provides strategic policy leadership.

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Premier of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia
Born on 12 June, 1961, in Mülheim an der Ruhr; Protestant; married with one child

1980 Abitur university entrance certificate obtained in Mülheim an der Ruhr, vocational training to become a bank clerk, studied Business Economics at Duisburg University and received a master's degree (Diplom-Ökonomin), professional activity as business consultant and project manager.

North Rhine-Westphalia State Parliament (Landtag)
Since 2 June, 2002: Member of the Landtag
Since June 2005 - July 2010: Leader of the Social Democratic Party's (SPD) parliamentary group in the Landtag

North Rhine-Westphalia Government
April 2001 – November 2002: Minister for Federal and European Relations of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia
November 2002 – 1 June, 2005: Minister for Higher Education and Research of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia
Since 14 July, 2010: Premier of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia

Since 1994: SPD Member
1995 – March 2009: Member of caucus of the SPD Mülheim subdistrict
Since 2004: Member of the NRWSPD caucus
Since 2005: Member of the SPD federal caucus
Since 2007: Member of the federal SPD party executive
Since 20 January, 2007: SPD Chairwoman in North Rhine-Westphalia
Since November 2009: Deputy chairwoman of the Social Democratic Party of Germany

Member of IG Metall, the German engineering workers' union
Member of the Arbeiterwohlfahrt social welfare NGO






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