Daniel Bahr

Daniel Bahr ( * November 4, 1976 in Lahnstein ) is a German politician ( FDP). From May 2011 to December 2013 he was the Federal Minister of Health. Previously, he was since October 2009, Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Health. Until the Bundestag election in 2013 Bahr was a member of the German Bundestag and 1999-2004 National Chairman of the Young Liberals and 2010-2012 state chairman of the FDP North Rhine -Westphalia.

Education and work

Daniel Bahr was born in 1976 as son of a policeman in Lahnstein. After graduation in 1996 at the Immanuel-Kant -Gymnasium in Münster, he served from 1996 to 1998 trained as a banker at Dresdner Bank in Schwerin and Hamburg. Starting in the winter semester 1998/99 he studied economics at the Westfälische Wilhelms- University ( WWU ) Münster and graduated with a Bachelor of Science ( BSc ) from. A part-time business management degree with a focus on International Healthcare and Hospital Management, also in EMU, he concluded in addition to his political work in 2008 as a Master of Business Administration ( MBA). Since 2003 he has (now Commerzbank) on leave as an employee of Dresdner Bank gehaltslos.


Bahr joined in 1990 as a 14 - year-old student of the Young Liberals ( JuLis ). He became a member of the FDP in 1992. 1994 Bahr became chairman of the JuLi district association Munsterland and held this office until 1996. From 1996 he was a member of the national board of the Young Liberals. Initially he was up to the Federal Congress in 1998 in Mainz assessor before he was elected Deputy National Chairman with the business press and public relations. At the national convention in 1999 in Dresden Bahr was elected national chairman of the Young Liberals; an office he held until 2004.

Since 2001 he has also been a member of the FDP Federal Executive Board, first as a representative of the Young Liberals and since 2001 as an elected member. In 2003 he was appointed Chairman of the Future Forum for Women, child-friendly Germany, Intergenerational Justice in the FDP Federal Executive. Bahr is among other things to ensure that academics better providing a framework to realize a desire to have children. He was chairman of the FDP District Association Münster. FDP District Chairman of the Munster country it was in 2006.

On 27 November 2010 he was elected at the state convention of the North Rhine-Westphalian FDP to the state chairman. Prior to the early state election in North Rhine -Westphalia 13 May 2012 Bahr said he wanted to leave this post at the top candidate Christian Lindner.

Member of Parliament

Bahr was from 2002 to 2013 Member of the German Bundestag. Here he was from 2002 to 2005 spokesperson for demographics, disability policy and maintenance of the FDP parliamentary group. From 2005 to 2009 he was health spokesman for the FDP.

Daniel Bahr is always drawn on a state list North Rhine-Westphalia to the German Bundestag.

Due to the failure of his party at the 5 % threshold in the general election in 2013 he left in October 2013 from the Bundestag.

Public offices

Bahr was dated 29 October 2009 and of 11 May 2011 Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Health.

In 2010 he made ​​headlines when he accused the coalition partner CSU in the dispute over the proposals of Philipp Roesler introducing a health premium, she was " known as wild boar " and had " shown only destructive".

On 12 May 2011 Bahr was appointed by the Federal President on the Federal Minister of Health. His predecessor, Philipp Rösler (FDP) was Federal Minister of Economics and Vice-Chancellor. On the same day was his swearing-in ceremony in the German Bundestag.

With the commencement of the third Cabinet Merkel on December 17, 2013 Bahr retired from the federal government.


  • Fight against cancer

As a positive recorded in the public aspect in Bahr's health policy has from the second year in office his " fight against the widespread disease of cancer " proven. In particular commitment to the health issues his department has prepared Bahr 2012, the legal basis for the introduction of clinical cancer registries in Germany. In negotiations with payers, the Federal Minister reached the construction funding by the German Cancer Aid and the federal states. That way there are 2013 total of eight million euros available, with 90 percent of the funds come from donations, the citizens, founded by the doctor Mildred Scheel Cancer Help get ließen.Am international World Cancer Day 2013 gave the Federal Health Minister Bahr first time the German Cancer Aid award to two cancer researchers who make for years services to the construction of the cancer Registry and the clinical cancer registry in Germany.


His father was a lecturer at the Police College Münster.

His brother Thomas is ten years older, physicians and Managing Partner of the Nuremberg management company UG- MaS GmbH ( company Health Management & Services)

Bahr is Catholic and married to Judy Witten since 2008. Their daughter Carlotta Filippa Amelie came on June 26, 2013 world.

Activities in addition to its mandate

He was until September 2009 in the ERGO Insurance Group AG in Dusseldorf Member of the Advisory Board and also a member of the advisory board at the DUK supply plant eV in Berlin.

Since January 2011 he has been the patron for the Coalition for Action " Pain-free city Münster ". Beginning in February 2014 began Bahr with his work at the U.S. think tank Center for American Progress in Washington, DC, which edited and accompanied the U.S. health care reform.

As an advisory board member of Youth Against AIDS support Daniel Bahr initiated by young people and led initiative, the education and prevention work at eye level operates.