Katja Kipping

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Katja Kipping
2018-06-09 Bundesparteitag Die Linke 2018 in Leipzig by Sandro Halank–045.jpg
Kipping in 2018
Leader of Die Linke
Assumed office
2 June 2012
Serving with Bernd Riexinger
Preceded byGesine Lötzsch
Member of the Bundestag
for Saxony
Assumed office
18 September 2005
ConstituencyThe Left list
Member of the Landtag of Saxony
In office
Member of the Dresden City Council
In office
Personal details
Born (1978-01-18) 18 January 1978 (age 41)
Dresden, East Germany
Political partyThe Left (2007–present)
PDS (1998–2007)
Alma materDresden University of Technology

Katja Kipping (born 18 January 1978) is a German politician who is chairperson of The Left and a member of the Bundestag (German Parliament).

Early life and career[edit]

Kipping was born on 18 January 1978 in Dresden, then part of the former German Democratic Republic (GDR). After completing her Abitur in 1996 at Annen-Gymnasium, Kipping spent a voluntary social year in Gatchina, Russia. Following this, she completed a degree in Slavic studies with a minor in American studies and public law at the Dresden University of Technology, from which she obtained her Master of Arts degree in 2003.

Kipping currently splits her time between Berlin and Dresden,[1] she is married, and has a daughter.


Kipping was heavily involved at the start of her studies at the Dresden University of Technology with the so-called Protestbüro (bureau of protest). In 1998, she became a member of the Party of Democratic Socialism (PDS); the forerunner of today's Left party. From July 2003, she served as Deputy Chairperson of the PDS, focusing on the party's "social agenda" and "contact with social movements". She was a principal proponent of a united pan-German Left political party, and on 16 June 2007, she was elected to be Deputy Chairperson of The Left party. Five years later, delegates at the third national party conference on 2 June 2012, overwhelmingly elected her to be national party chairperson, with 67% of the vote. Since then, she has represented the party along with Bernd Riexinger.[2][3] On 10 May 2014, she was re-elected, along with Bernd Riexinger, as chairperson of The Left by a national party conference.[4]

Member of Parliament[edit]

Kipping was a town councillor in Dresden from 1999-2003. From September 1999 to 2004, she was a delegate in the Saxony state parliament, in which she was spokeswoman for traffic and energy policy.[citation needed]

Since 2005, Kipping has been a member of the German Parliament for The Left party. She was listed as the lead candidate on the state-level party list in Saxony.

In the Parliament, the self-declared Hartz-IV opponent is the social affairs spokesperson for The Left. For years, she has championed the idea of a national basic income guarantee. Her home constituency is in Dresden.

From 25 November 2009 until 26 September 2012, Kipping was the Chair of the Committee on Labour and Social Affairs in the German Parliament.[5]

Social offices[edit]

From December 2004 until April 2008, Kipping was spokesperson for the Basic Income Network. She left that role in favour of working on the magazine Prague Spring. Together with Caren Lay and Julia Bonk, she was one of the initiators of the Emancipatory Left, an internal caucus of The Left party that espouses libertarian socialist ideals.

In December 2007, Kipping joined together with members of both the federal parliament and the state parliament of Saxony for a demonstration in support of the Rote Hilfe e.V., a far-left prisoner support group.[6] Kipping quit Rote Hilfe in March 2009.

Other activities[edit]

Kipping is the editor of the Prager Frühling (Prague Spring) magazine. The "magazine for freedom and socialism", as its subtitle states, has run since May 2008.

Kipping is also a founding member of the Institute of Modern Solidarity, a left-wing oriented think tank.[7]


  • Christine Buchholz u. Katja Kipping (Hrsg.): G8 - Gipfel der Ungerechtigkeit. VSA, 2006, ISBN 3-89965-200-2.
  • Ausverkauf der Politik – Für einen demokratischen Aufbruch. Econ, 2009, ISBN 978-3-430-20079-0.
  • Wer flüchtetet schon freiwillig? Die Verantwortung des Westens oder Warum sich unsere Gesellschaft neu erfinden muss. Westend Verlag, Frankfurt 2016, [[Spezial:ISBN Suche/9783864891335|ISBN 978-3864891335]].


  1. ^ Sächsische Zeitung vom 28. Dezember 2012
  2. ^ Kipping und Riexinger führen tief zerstrittene Linke Spiegel Online, 2 June 2012. Accessed on 3 June 2012
  3. ^ Wahl des Parteivorstandes. Die Linke, 2 June 2012. Accessed on 3 June 2012
  5. ^ Renneberg, Verena. "Deutscher Bundestag - Sabine Zimmermann folgt auf Katja Kipping". Deutscher Bundestag.
  6. ^ Rote Hilfe e. V. - Bundestagsabgeordnete der Fraktion DIE LINKE im Bundestag treten der Roten Hilfe bei – die anderen Mitglieder der Bundestagsfraktion waren Sevim Dagdelen, Nele Hirsch und Michael Leutert, aus dem sächsischen Landtag Julia Bonk und Freya-Maria Klinger
  7. ^ Institut Solidarische Moderne: Gründungsmitglieder

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