Renate Schmidt

Renate Schmidt (nee Pokorny, born December 12, 1943 in Hanau ) is a German politician (SPD).

She held office from 1990 to 1994 as Vice President of the German Bundestag and was in the Cabinet Schröder II 2002-2005 Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth.

Education and work

Renate Schmidt had in 1961 a year before graduating from high school early to leave high school in Fürth, since her pregnancy at age 17 was still being viewed as a disgrace for the school. After marriage and the birth of the child in the same year they began the Quelle training as a programmer and continued to develop the system analyst. After a period of independence from 1968 to 1970, she returned as a senior system analyst to source. In 1972 she became a member of the works council and was released from 1973 to 1980 for the work. From 1975 Renate Schmidt was a member of the Group and of the Economic Committee General Works. From 1980 to 1988 she was deputy state chairman of the union HBV in Bavaria. From 2000 to 2002 Renate Schmidt was president of the Central Office KDV.


Renate Schmidt was raised in a Protestant family home in Coburg, Fürth and Nuremberg. The father, a technical employee came, a Prague lawyers and, while the mother, a shop assistant and tour guide, a Transylvanian Saxon was an officer family ( wife from the village ).

Renate Schmidt was in his first marriage with the structural engineer and architect Gerhardt Schmidt ( † 1984), married. In May 1998, she married second husband, the social scientist and painter Hasso von Henninges, with whom she lives in Nuremberg. From her first marriage she has three children and four grandchildren.


Renate Schmidt is a member of the SPD since 1972. Together with her ​​first husband in 1973, she founded a local group of the Socialist Youth of Germany ( falcons), which she headed until 1978.

From 1991 to 2000 Renate Schmidt was state chairman of the SPD in Bavaria. In the state elections in 1994 and 1998 she was a top candidate in each of the SPD for the office of Prime Minister of Bavaria, but could not prevail against incumbent Edmund Stoiber himself. In 1999, she announced her long-term retreat of the party and parliamentary group tip, she then took place in May 2000.

From 1991 to 2005 she was a member of the Presidium of the SPD from 1997 to 2003, it would deputy national chairman of the SPD.

Public offices

Member of Parliament

Renate Schmidt from 1980 to 1994 Member of the German Bundestag. Here she was from 1987 to 1990 deputy chairman of the SPD parliamentary group and Chairman of the Group's Working Group " equality between men and women". From 1990 to 1994 she was Vice President of the German Bundestag.

From 1994 to 2002 Renate Schmidt was a member of the Bavarian State Parliament and was there until 2000, chairman of the SPD parliamentary group.

In the 15th German Bundestag (2005 - 2009) ( grand coalition; Cabinet Merkel I, 2005 federal election ), she was again a member. She was a regular member of the ' Committee on Education, Research and Technology Assessment '.

Schmidt retired in 1980 and 1990, as the directly elected members of the constituency Nürnberg-Nord in the Bundestag, in other election years over the national list Bavaria. In 2005 she stood as a candidate in the constituency of Erlangen.

At the 2009 federal election Schmidt gave up a renewed parliamentary candidacy, so they resigned after the election of the Bundestag.

Federal government

From 22 October 2002 to 22 November 2005, she was Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth in the files kept by Gerhard Schröder government.


Since 2008, Renate Schmidt is a board member of the Association Against Forgetting - For Democracy. She is a member of the advisory board of the German Children's Prize by World Vision and a board member of more democracy and the German family association. In addition, Renate Schmidt is a member of the Board of Trustees of Leuchtpol -profit organization for the promotion of environmental education at the elementary level. She is a member of the Honorary Council of AMCHA Germany, the central organization for the psychosocial support of survivors of the Holocaust and their descendants in Israel.


She has received the Waldemar von Knoeringen Prize awarded by the Georg von Vollmar Academy, the Academy every two years gives to outstanding personalities who stand in the tradition of the labor movement and the goals of democratic socialism. In 1992 she was awarded the Sozialistenhut. In 1993, she was awarded by the Nuremberg Funnel Karnevalsgesellschaft the Golden Nuremberg funnel. In 1994 she was awarded the Medal for Combating Deadly Seriousness of the Aachen carnival association.


  • Renate Schmidt: Courage to humanity, ECON Verlag, 1995
  • Renate Schmidt: SOS family. Without children we look old, Random House, 2002
  • Renate Schmidt: Note the Federal Minister Renate Schmidt for family suffrage in Humboldt Forum Recht
  • Renate Schmidt: Let's choose our children, Kösel -Verlag 2013!