Katherina Reiche

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Katherina Reiche
Katherina Reiche CDU Parteitag 2014 by Olaf Kosinsky-2.jpg
Member of the Bundestag
In office
1998 – 2016
Personal details
Born (1973-07-16) 16 July 1973 (age 43)
Luckenwalde, Brandenburg
Nationality  Germany
Political party CDU
Alma mater University of Potsdam
Profession Chemist
Religion Lutheran[1]
Website www.katherina-reiche.de

Katherina Reiche (born 16 July 1973 in Luckenwalde, Brandenburg) is a German politician of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU).


After receiving her Abitur in 1992, she studied chemistry at the University of Potsdam, Clarkson University in New York and the University of Turku in Finland. In 1997 she received her Diploma.

Political career[edit]

In 1992 Reiche was one of the founding members of the Ring Christlich-Demokratischer Studenten (Association of Christian-Democrat Students, RCDS) in Potsdam and in the same year she joined the Junge Union. Since 1996 she has also been member of the CDU. In 2000 Reiche became a member of the federal executive of the CDU and she also is part of the party's executive board in the state of Brandenburg.

During the election campaign in 2002, Reiche was conscripted into the CDU/CSU's competence team by then chancellor candidate Edmund Stoiber, as an expert on women, youth and family policies. This decision was criticized by conservative circles inside the two parties, because Reiche was an unmarried mother at that point in time.

From 2005 until 2009, Reiche served as deputy chairwoman of the CDU/CSU's parliamentary group, under the leadership of chairman Volker Kauder.[2] In this capacity, she was in charge of overseeing the policy areas Education and Science as well as Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.

In the government of Chancellor Angela Merkel, Reiche first served as Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety under successive ministers Norbert Röttgen (2009-2012) and Peter Altmaier (2012-2013) from 2009 to 2013. Following the 2013 elections, she was named Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, this time under the leadership of minister Alexander Dobrindt.

On the occasion of the sixtieth anniversary of the diplomatic relations between German and India, Reiche participated in the first joint cabinet meeting of the two countries’ governments in Delhi in May 2011.[3]

Life after politics[edit]

In 2015, Reiche resigned from her government office and laid down her parliamentary mandate to become Chief Executive Officer of the German Association of Local Utilities (VKU). In this capacity, she was unanimously elected President of the European Centre of Enterprises with Public Participation and of Enterprises of General Economic Interest (CEEP) in June 2016.[4]

Other activities[edit]

  • German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE), Member (since 2016, appointed ad personam by Chancellor Angela Merkel)[5]
  • Deutsche Flugsicherung (DFS), Member of the Advisory Board
  • Deutsches Museum, Member of the Board of Trustees
  • Association of German Foundations, Member of the Parliamentary Advisory Board (until 2015)


During the election campaign 2005 Reiche described the opponents of genetic engineering as "Bioterroristen" ("Bioterrorists").[citation needed] She also criticized the two then government parties SPD and the Greens for trying to catch votes with this subject and stirring up the people's fears for the future.[citation needed]

In 2012, Reiche claimed same-sex marriage was a bigger threat to Germany than the Eurozone crisis. She was heavily criticized by LGBT groups for the remark.[6]


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