Ismail Ertug was born in Amberg in 1975, three years after his parents had left Turkey. After studying business management he worked as coordinator and social insurance expert in the marketing department of the German general health insurance (AOK) of Bavaria. Since 1999, Ertug is a member of the German social democratic party (SPD). After having worked as a member of the Amberg city council for five years, he now represents the Bavarian regions of Upper Palatinate and Lower Bavaria as a Member of European Parliament (MEP). In the European Parliament, Ertug is a member of the Committee for Transport and Tourism and also a substitute member of the Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development. Furthermore he is a member of the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee and a substitute member of the Delegation for EU-Israel relations.