Ulla Schmidt

Ulla Schmidt (actually Ursula Schmidt, a native Ursula Radermacher, born June 13, 1949 in Aachen ) is a German politician (SPD ) and, since October 22, 2013 Vice- President of the German Bundestag.

Schmidt was from January 2001 to 2009, Federal Minister of Health (2002 to 2005 for Social Security ) and is nearly nine years in office the longest- reigning in charge of the Ministry of Health Minister at the federal level.

Life and career

She grew up in single-parent mother, a factory worker, on. After attending secondary school and the construction of school at the Municipal Einhard Gymnasium in Aachen Ulla Schmidt began after graduating from high school in 1968 to study psychology at the University of Aachen and the University of Education of the RWTH Aachen and at the Pedagogical University in Aachen for the teaching of basic - and secondary school, which she finished in 1974 with the first in 1976 with the second state examination. Since she refused as members of the student organization of the Communist League West Germany ( KBW ) to sign a statement of commitment to the Basic Law, they fell under the radical adoption and is not included in the teaching profession. She then worked as an executive assistant in Aachen in Woolworth department store. Then she was 1976-1985 teacher of Special Education and Rehabilitation for learning disabilities and education difficult children at the school for the learning disabled in Stolberg ( Rhineland ). From 1980 to 1984 she studied part-time at the University of Hagen for the teaching profession for the rehabilitation and education of intellectually disabled difficult pupils. From 1985 to 1990 she was a teacher at the school for educational assistance in the district of Aachen.

Schmidt is Catholic, divorced since 1971 and has a daughter.


In the 1976 federal election Schmidt stepped in vain in the constituency Aachen City as a direct candidate and on the second place of the national list NRW for the Maoist KBW. Member of the SPD, it was 1983. Schmidt is a member of the board of the SPD sub-district of Aachen and of the party council. In addition, she serves on the leadership committee of the Seeheim circle.

Member of Parliament

Schmidt was 1989-1992 Councillor of the City of Aachen. Since 1990 she is member of the German Bundestag. Here she was from 1991 to 1998 chairman of the cross-sectional group "Equality between Women and Men ". From 1991 she was a member of the board of the SPD parliamentary group and by January 2001 Deputy of November 1998 parliamentary leader. During this time she was also representative of the SPD in the ZDF Television Council up to her appointment as Minister. Schmidt is collected in 1990 and 1994 on the country list and then North Rhine-Westphalia in the elections in 1998, 2002 and 2005 as a directly elected Members of the electoral district of Aachen in the Bundestag. In the general election of 2005 it achieved 40.5 % of the primary vote. Ulla Schmidt lost in the general election in September 2009, their direct mandate; she moved about the country a list of the SPD in the German Bundestag.


Schmidt is a member of the European Union Parliamentarians German Bundestag. She is patron of the German Hospice and Palliative Care Foundation.

Public offices

After the Health Minister Andrea Fischer resigned in the wake of the BSE crisis, Ulla Schmidt was appointed on 12 January 2001 the Federal Minister for Health. After the parliamentary elections her ministry also received the competences of Social Affairs of the dissolved Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. It was, therefore since October 22, 2002 Federal Minister for Health and Social Security. On 22 November 2005 she was appointed Minister for Health in the run of Angela Merkel 's grand coalition government.

On 29 July 2009 Schmidt declared the provisional surrender their membership in the " team of experts " of the SPD for the 2009 federal election in order " not to interfere with the election campaign of their party." This was preceded by an intensive media coverage of the use of their company car. This had been stolen in Spain, after they had ordered him for two official dates near their resort and for the settlement subject to self-use there. Up to 72 km for official journeys in Spain - - After her return to Schmidt, the entire ride decided to settle as a self-use. The car was found a few days later. In August 2009 the Federal Court confirmed the proper use of the company car. On August 8, 2009, she was appointed to the " team of experts " of the SPD chancellor candidate Frank -Walter Steinmeier. On 27 October 2009 Schmidt received her certificate of release as Health Minister.

Since February 2010 she has worked as deputy of the SPD in the Bundestag member of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and the Deputy Head of the German delegation. In addition, she works as a full member of the subcommittee " foreign cultural and educational policy " and in the Committee " Culture and Media ". She is deputy member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Subcommittee on " Civilian Crisis Prevention and networked security ".

In local politics, she is involved in Aachen in particular for health projects.

In the Filmförderungsanstalt Berlin she is a deputy member of the Board.

She is an honorary member of the German Commission for UNESCO and member of the board of trustees of the House of History of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bonn.

At the Congress of the German Confederation, life coaching on September 22, 2012 in Marburg Schmidt was elected as the successor of Robert Antretter the national chairman of the life coaching by 2016.


  • Cabinet Schröder I - Cabinet Schröder II
  • Cabinet Merkel I


  • Schmidt was in 1984 awarded the Elisabeth Norgall price.
  • The Marie Juchacz Medal of workers' welfare was awarded her in 2009.
  • In 2010 she received the Grand Gold Medal with Ribbon for Services to the Republic of Austria.