Curriculum Vitae

Born on 21 October 1973, married, 2 daughters

Political career
since 1996 Member of the SPD
1996 Founding member of the Juso AG Ost-/Rhauderfehn
since 1996 Member of the executive committee of the SPD society Ostrhauderfehn
1997 – 2007 Member of the executive committee of the SPD society of the Leer district
1997 – 2002 Chairman of the Jusos of the Leer district
1999 – 2002 Deputy chairman of the Jusos of the Weser-Ems district
since 1996 Member of the city council Ostrhauderfehn
2001 Participant of the first social-democratic Kommunalakademie
2001 – 2005 Chairman of the SPD fraction in the city council of Ostrhauderfehn
2001 – 2006 Member of the council of the Leer district
since 2003 Member of the executive committee of the social-democratic society for local affairs in the Weser-Ems district
since 2005 Member of the European Parliament
since 2007 Member of the executive committee of the SPD society of the Weser-Ems district
2012-2014 Chairman of the Environmental Committee of the European Parliament (ENVI)
since 2014 Coordinator of the Group of Socialists and Democrats in the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI)
since 2014 Contact person for the European Medicines Agency (EMA)
Education and profession
1990 Graduation at the secondary school of Westrhauderfehn
1991 Freelancer in the editorial department of the Fehntjer Kurier
1991 – 1995 Vocational training as a mechanical engineer at the Deutsche Bahn AG in the reparation plant of Leverkusen-Opladen
1995 Occupation as a mechanical engineer in the field of plant construction
1995 – 1996 Community service at the German Red Cross
1996 – 1998 Advanced vocational training as a mechanical engineer – technical equipment and installation
1998 – 2005 Studies at the college of higher education in Wilhelmshaven, graduation as an industrial engineer
2001 – 2003 Additional qualification as a specialist for job safety at the college of higher education in Wilhelmshaven
since 2005 Occupation as a trader