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|Member of the Bundestag|
|Leader of the Free Democratic Party|
7 December 2013
|Preceded by||Philipp Rösler|
|Secretary General of the FDP|
24 December 2009 – 14 December 2011
|Preceded by||Dirk Niebel|
|Succeeded by||Patrick Döring|
January 7, 1979 |
Wuppertal, West Germany
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 also became a 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.
Linder was elected the new chairman of the FDP following the resignation of Chairman Philipp Rösler after the 2013 German federal elections  in which the FDP failed to clear the 5% hurdle to enter the Bundestag for the first time since 1949.
- Nicholas Kulish (May 13, 2012), [ http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/14/world/europe/in-rebuke-to-merkel-social-democrats-win-german-vote.html In Rebuke to Merkel’s Party, Social Democrats Win German Vote] New York Times.