Annette Widmann-Mauz
Annette Widmann-Mauz (2020)
Minister of State for Migration, Refugees and Integration
Assumed office
14 March 2018
ChancellorAngela Merkel
Preceded byAydan Özoğuz
Parliamentary State Secretary for Health
In office
29 October 2009 – 14 March 2018
MinisterPhilipp Rösler
Daniel Bahr
Hermann Gröhe
Preceded byRolf Schwanitz
Succeeded byThomas Gebhardt
Member of the Bundestag
for Tübingen
Assumed office
22 September 2002
Preceded byHerta Däubler-Gmelin
Member of the Bundestag
for Baden-Württemberg
In office
26 October 1998 – 22 September 2002
ConstituencyCDU List
Personal details
Born
Annette Widmann

(1966-06-13) 13 June 1966 (age 54)
Tübingen, West Germany
(now Germany)
NationalityGerman
Political partyChristian Democratic Union
Websitewww.widmann-mauz.de

Annette Widmann-Mauz (née Widmann, born 13 June 1966) is a German politician of the Christian Democrats. She is a member of the German Bundestag (the German federal parliament) where she represents the electoral district of Tübingen. Since 2009 Widmann-Mauz has been serving as Parliamentary State Secretary in Chancellor Angela Merkel's second and third cabinet.

Political career

In the 1998 federal election Widmann-Mauz was elected from the CDU Baden-Württemberg list, the second largest chapter of her party. Four years later, in 2002, she was elected directly for the constituency of Tübingen. She has won each re-election in this electoral district at all federal elections since.

In her first legislative term, Widmann-Mauz joined the Committee on Health. Between 2005 and 2009, she served as her parliamentary group's spokesperson on health policy.

Since 2003, Widmann-Mauz has been serving as deputy chairwoman of the CDU Baden-Württemberg, under the leadership of successive chairmen Erwin Teufel (2003-2005), Günther Oettinger (2005-2009), Stefan Mappus (2009-2011) and Thomas Strobl (since 2011).

In the negotiations to form a coalition government of the Christian Democrats (CDU together with the Bavarian CSU) and the Free Democrats (FDP) following the 2009 federal elections, Widmann-Mauz was part of the CDU/CSU delegation in the working group on health policy, led by Ursula von der Leyen and Philipp Rösler. On 29 October 2009 she became Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Health.[1] In the second Merkel cabinet, she first served alongside Daniel Bahr under the leadership of Minister Philipp Rösler (2009-2011) and later under Bahr, who replaced Rösler in 2011.[2] In 2011, she participated in the first joint cabinet meeting between the German government and the State Council of the People's Republic of China in Berlin.

Within her party, Widmann-Mauz has been a member of the CDU's national board under the leadership of successive chairwomen Angela Merkel (2012-2018) and Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (since 2018) since 2012.

In the negotiations to form a third cabinet under Merkel following the 2013 federal elections, Widmann-Mauz led the working group on families, alongside Manuela Schwesig.[3] In the new coalition government, she again served as Parliamentary State Secretary for Health, this time under the leadership of Minister Hermann Gröhe.[4]

Since 2015, Widman-Mauz has been leading the Christian Democrats’ Women’s Union.[5]

In the negotiations to form a fourth cabinet under Merkel following the 2017 federal elections, Widmann-Mauz led the working group on families, alongside Angelika Niebler and Katarina Barley. In her role as Minister of State for Migration, Refugees and Integration, she has since been working in the Federal Chancellery under Merkel.[6]

Other activities

Corporate boards

Non-profit organizations

Political positions

In 2014, Widmann-Mauz negotiated legislation requiring German companies to allot 30 percent of their non-executive board seats to women from 2016.[18]

In June 2017, Widmann-Mauz voted against Germany’s introduction of same-sex marriage.[19]

Ahead of the Christian Democrats’ leadership election in 2018, Widmann-Mauz publicly endorsed Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer to succeed Angela Merkel as the party’s chair.[20]

In April 2020, Widmann-Mauz co-signed – alongside around 50 other members of her parliamentary group – a letter to President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen which called on the European Union to take in children who were living in migrant camps across Greece.[21][22]

References

  1. ^ "Widmann-Mauz wird Parlamentarische Staatssekretärin" (in German). Ärzte-Zeitung. 27 October 2009. Retrieved 7 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Widmann-Mauz hat neuen Chef" (in German). Schwarzwälder Bote. 13 May 2011. Retrieved 7 February 2018.
  3. ^ Erik Kirschbaum (November 18, 2013), German parties agree to introduce quota for women on boards Reuters.
  4. ^ "Annette Widmann-Mauz im neuen "alten" Amt als Parlamentarische Staatssekretärin vereidigt" (in German). Annette Widmann-Mauz. 18 December 2013. Retrieved 7 February 2018.
  5. ^ Katrin Bennhold (September 13, 2017), In Angela Merkel, German Women Find Symbol, but Not Savior New York Times.
  6. ^ Paul Carrel (November 1, 2018), Merkel ally wants tough message on sex crimes for refugees Reuters.
  7. ^ Board of Trustees Konrad Adenauer Foundation.
  8. ^ Commission on Charitable Affairs German Bishops' Conference (DBK).
  9. ^ Board of Trustees Jewish Museum Berlin.
  10. ^ Advisory Board Bündnis für Demokratie und Toleranz.
  11. ^ Board of Trustees Civis Media Prize.
  12. ^ Board Deutschlandstiftung Integration.
  13. ^ Board of Trustees[permanent dead link] German Football Association (DFB).
  14. ^ Board of Trustees Civis Media Prize.
  15. ^ Board Deutschlandstiftung Integration.
  16. ^ Board of Trustees[permanent dead link] German Football Association (DFB).
  17. ^ Board of Trustees Deutsche Hospiz- und PalliativStiftung.
  18. ^ Erik Kirschbaum (November 18, 2013), German parties agree to introduce quota for women on boards Reuters.
  19. ^ Diese Unionsabgeordneten stimmten für die Ehe für alle Die Welt, June 30, 2017.
  20. ^ Maria Stöhr (December 6, 2018), Kampf um die Merkel-Nachfolge: Wer wählt wen? Der Spiegel.
  21. ^ Charlotte Raskopf (April 6, 2020), 50 CDU-Abgeordnete fordern Aufnahme von Flüchtlingskindern aus griechischen Lagern Handelsblatt.
  22. ^ Robert Roßmann (April 6, 2020), Mehr als 50 Unionsabgeordnete fordern Aufnahme von Flüchtlingskindern Süddeutsche Zeitung.