|Minister of State for Migration, Refugees and Integration|
14 March 2018 – 8 December 2021
|Preceded by||Aydan Özoğuz|
|Succeeded by||Reem Alabali-Radovan|
|Parliamentary State Secretary for Health|
29 October 2009 – 14 March 2018
|Minister||Philipp Rösler |
|Preceded by||Rolf Schwanitz|
|Succeeded by||Thomas Gebhart|
|Member of the Bundestag |
|Assumed office |
22 September 2002
|Preceded by||Herta Däubler-Gmelin|
|Member of the Bundestag |
26 October 1998 – 22 September 2002
13 June 1966
Tübingen, West Germany
|Political party||Christian Democratic Union|
Annette Widmann-Mauz (née Widmann, born 13 June 1966) is a German politician of the Christian Democrats who has been serving as a member of the German Bundestag (the German federal parliament) since 1998, representing the electoral district of Tübingen. In addition to her work in parliament, she served as Parliamentary State Secretary in Chancellor Angela Merkel's second and third cabinet from 2009 until 2021.
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. 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. 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.
From 2012 to 2022, Widmann-Mauz was a member of the CDU's national board under the leadership of successive chairs Angela Merkel (2012-2018), Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (2018–2021) and Armin Laschet (2021–2022). She co-chaired the CDU’s national conventions in Karlsruhe (2015) and Essen (2016).
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. In the new coalition government, she again served as Parliamentary State Secretary for Health, this time under the leadership of Minister Hermann Gröhe.
Since 2015, Widman-Mauz has been leading the Christian Democrats’ Women’s Union.
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.
Following her party’s defeat in the 2021 elections, Widmann-Mauz announced her candidacy as Vice President of the Bundestag; however, the CDU/CSU parliamentary group eventually nominated Yvonne Magwas for the position.
In 2014, Widmann-Mauz negotiated legislation requiring German companies to allot 30 percent of their non-executive board seats to women from 2016.
In June 2017, Widmann-Mauz voted against Germany’s introduction of same-sex marriage.
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.
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.