Manuela Schwesig

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Manuela Schwesig
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Manuela Schwesig
Federal Minister of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth
Assumed office
17 December 2013
Chancellor Angela Merkel
Preceded by Kristina Schröder
Minister of Health and Social Affairs of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
In office
6 October 2008 – 17 December 2013
Governor Erwin Sellering
Preceded by Erwin Sellering
Vice Chairwoman of SPD
with Hannelore Kraft, Klaus Wowereit and Olaf Scholz
Assumed office
13 November 2009
Preceded by Frank-Walter Steinmeier
Peer Steinbrück
Andrea Nahles
Personal details
Born (1974-05-23) 23 May 1974 (age 40)
Frankfurt/Oder, East Germany
Nationality German
Political party SPD
Alma mater Training and Further Education Centre Königs Wusterhausen (de)
Profession Public servant

Manuela Schwesig (born 23 May 1974 in Frankfurt (Oder), East Germany) is a German politician (SPD). She is currently the Federal Minister of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth.

Political background[edit]

She is married with one son.[1] She attended the Training and Further Education Centre (Fachhochschule für Finanzen) in Königs Wusterhausen.[2] At 29 years of age she became a member of SPD. She is deputy party leader of the SPD and Minister of Social Affairs and Health in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. She was member of the Schwerin City Council from 2004–2008.

In 2009 she was part of the Shadow Cabinet of her party for Federal election as the proposed minister for family affairs.[3]

Political positions[edit]

Manuela Schwesig is a member of the German Child Protection League (de). Her main focus is to fight child poverty and provide for good state childcare facilities. In 2009 she supported the idea promoted by Minister Ursula von der Leyen to block websites featuring child pornography.

On her order the employees of nursery schools in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern have to declare their commitment to uphold the principles of Germany's basic laws (the constitution).


  1. ^ Die Senkrechtstarterin. Manuela Schwesig wird Sozialministerin. In: Schweriner Volkszeitung. 2. Oktober 2008, Seite 5
  2. ^ [1] Manuela Schwesig's website
  3. ^ "Rising Star Paves Path to a Family Friendly Germany". Spiegel Online. 8 April 2009. Retrieved 4 September 2010. 

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