Political Group: EPP
Phone in Brussels: +32 (0)2 284 52 44
First state examination (1979); second state examination (1981). Teacher (1981-1985).
District Chair, Rheinisch-Bergisch CDU (1990-2007); Secretary-General, North-Rhine Westphalia CDU (1991-2003); member, North-Rhine Westphalia CDU Regional Executive (since 1987); district chair of the Bergisches Land CDU (since 2004). Member of the EPP bureau (since 2005).
Municipal councillor in Leichlingen (1975-1992). Member, North-Rhine Westphalia Regional Assembly (1985-2004).
Member of the West German Radio (WDR) Broadcasting Council (2003-2009). Substitute Member of the West German Radio (WDR) Broadcasting Council (since 2009).
Chair, CDU/CSU group, European Parliament (since 2012).
Chair, Delegations for relations with the Korean Peninsula (since 2012).