Edelgard Bulmahn

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Edelgard Bulmahn.

Edelgard Bulmahn (born 4 March 1951 in Petershagen, North Rhine-Westphalia) is a German politician from the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD). Bulmahn entered the German Bundestag after the 1987 elections. She was Federal Minister of Education and Research from 1998 to 2005. On 22 October 2013 she was elected as one of the Vice Presidents of the Bundestag.


After gaining her Abitur (higher-education entrance qualification), Bulmahn studied political science and English language and literature at the University of Hanover. From 1981 to 1987 she worked as a school teacher in Hanover.[1]

Political career[edit]

Bulmahn joined the SPD in 1969 and was a member of the party executive committee from 1993 to 2011.

Member of the German Bundestag, 1987-[edit]

From 1987 to 1990 Bulmahn served as deputy chairwoman of the Bundestag’s Study Commission on Technology Assessment and from 1990 to 1994 as deputy spokeswoman for the SPD parliamentary group on the Committee on Education, Research and Technology Assessment.[2]

From 2005 to 2009, Bulmahn served as chairwoman of the Bundestag Committee for Economic Affairs and Technology. From 2009 to 2013, she was a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and spokeswoman of the SPD parliamentary group in the Subcommittee on Civilian Crisis Prevention and Integrated Conflict Management. In addition, from 2011 to 2013, she served as spokeswoman of the SPD parliamentary group in the Study Commission on Growth, Wellbeing and Quality of Life.[3]

Federal Minister of Education and Research, 1998-2005[edit]

Bulmahn’s tenure fell in a period of significant changes in Germany’s education system. In 2002, amid a heated debate surrounding the German parliament’s vote on allowing human embryo stem cells to be imported for medical research, she voiced her support for allowing the import of embryo stem cells under strict conditions.[4] When Bulmahn first proposed in 2004 an initiative to foster an elite circle of universities with significant funds from the federal government, she drew heavy criticism; however, after lengthy negotiations with the state governments, a compromise was finally reached in June 2005.[5][6]

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