He studied at Erlangen university and became a judge in 1981. In 1988 he started working for the CSU faction at the German federal parliament. In 1991 he joined the Bavarian representation in Bonn. He returned to Bavaria in 1993 as bureau chief for Hermann Regensburger, and for Günther Beckstein as of 1995.
From October 1996 he was Vice President of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (Verfassungsschutz).
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