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Bank clerk and political scientist. 1995, joined the Young Union (youth section of the CDU/CSU); 1997, joined the CDU. 2002, first elected to the German Bundestag, representing the Steinfurt I/Borken I constituency, still representing it. Since 2005, Chairperson, Borken county branch of the CDU. 2009-15, served as Health Policy Spokesperson, CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the German Bundestag. 2012, Member, Federal Executive Committee of the CDU. 2014, elected to the party’s Presidium at the CDU’s federal conference in Cologne. July 2015 - March 2018, served as Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Finance. 14 March 2018 - 08 December 2021,n served as Federal Minister of Health. Since December 2021 deputy chairman of the parliamentary group of the CDU/CSU in the German Bundestag, Former Chairperson, German-Netherlands Parliamentary Friendship Group. Editor, "Ins Offene - Deutschland, Europa und die Flüchtlinge" (Into the Open – Germany, Europe and the Refugees - 2015). Co-Author, "App vom Arzt – Bessere Gesundheit durch digitale Medizin" (App your health – the benefits of digital medicine - 2016).