Born in Kiel, Germany, on 26 December 1955.

Year

Education and professional career

1974

Graduated from secondary school in Preetz

1974 - 1976

Studied special needs education in Hamburg

1976 - 1980

Trained as a goldsmith in Plön

1983

Joined the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD)

1993 - 2003

Deputy head of the SPD district branch in Ostholstein

1997 - 2003

Mayor of Kasseedorf

2002 - present

Member of the German Bundestag, member of the Bundestag’s Budget Committee and Auditing Committee

2003 - present

Member of the SPD’s Land executive committee in Schleswig-Holstein

2005 - 2013

Member of the board of trustees, Federal Agency for Civic Education (until 2009; deputy member until 2013)

2007 - present

SPD deputy leader in Schleswig-Holstein

2009 - 2017

Deputy spokesperson for the SPD parliamentary group’s working group on budget policy

2009 - 2018

Member of the SPD parliamentary group’s extended executive committee

2013 - 2017

Chair of the Bundestag’s Auditing Committee

2017 - March 2018

Deputy chair of the Bundestag’s Budget Committee

March 2018 - present

Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Finance