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|Member of the Bundestag|
|Secretary General of the FDP|
24 December 2009 – 14 December 2011
|Preceded by||Dirk Niebel|
|Succeeded by||Patrick Döring|
January 7, 1979 |
Early life and education
Christian Lindner was born in Wuppertal, Germany. His father Wolfgang Lindner is a teacher of Mathematics and computer science at the Städtisches Gymnasium in Wermelskirchen. After graduating from Gymnasium in 1998, he studied political science at the University of Bonn from 1999 to 2006.
Lindner joined the FDP in 1995. He has been a member of the Executive Board of the FDP in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia since 1998 and became Secretary General in 2004 (until February 2010). In 2000, he was elected to the state parliament (Landtag) (until 2009). In 2007 he became also member of the Executive Board of the FDP on federal level. Since 2009 he has served as a member of the German Bundestag. From December 2009 until his surprise resignation in December 2011, he was also general secretary of the FDP on federal level.
On September 23, 2013, Lindner has candidated himself to be the new chairman of the FDP following the resignation of Chairman Philipp Rösler. During the federal elections held on the previous day, the FDP had failed to clear the 5% hurdle to enter the Bundestag for the first time since 1949.