Ulla Schmidt

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Ulla Schmidt
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Federal Minister of Health
In office
12 January 2001 – 27 October 2009
Preceded by Andrea Fischer
Succeeded by Philipp Rösler
Federal Minister of Health and Social Security
In office
October 22, 2002 – November 22, 2005
Preceded by Walter Riester (Social Affairs)
Succeeded by Franz Müntefering
(Social Affairs)
Personal details
Born (1949-06-13) June 13, 1949 (age 65)
Aachen, Germany
Nationality German
Political party Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD)
Alma mater Teaching College of Aachen
Profession Teacher for Primary and General Schools
Website ulla-schmidt.de

Ursula "Ulla" Schmidt (born June 13, 1949) is a German politician. She is a member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD).

Party memberships[edit]

In 1976 she was a candidate of the Maoist "Kommunistischer Bund Westdeutschland" (KBW) (Communist League of West Germany) for the Federal Assembly of Germany (Bundestag) in Aachen. The KBW dissolved completely in 1985.

In 1983 she changed to the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD). There she is a member of the local (Aachen) leadership and of the "Seeheimer Kreis".

Cabinet positions[edit]

In 2001, she became Federal Minister for Health under Gerhard Schröder. A year later, the responsibility for social security was added to her portfolio and she was appointed Federal Minister for Health and Social Security.

In November 2005, she again became Federal Minister for Health in the grand coalition of Angela Merkel. Social security was reunited with the portfolio of labour, which in 2002 had been added to that of the Federal Minister for Economics.

In 2009, she criticized statements made by Pope Benedict XVI, who claimed that condom usage promoted AIDS.[1]


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