Malu Dreyer

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Malu Dreyer
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Malu Dreyer in 2014
Minister-President of Rhineland-Palatinate
Assumed office
January 16, 2013
Preceded by Kurt Beck
State social minister of Rhineland-Palatinate
In office
March 15, 2002 – January 15, 2013
Preceded by Florian Gerster
Succeeded by Alexander Schweitzer
Personal details
Born (1961-02-06) February 6, 1961 (age 54)
Neustadt an der Weinstraße, Germany
Nationality German Germany
Political party SPD
Alma mater University of Mainz
Religion Roman Catholicism

Marie-Luise "Malu" Dreyer (born February 6, 1961) is a German politician (SPD), currently serving as the eighth Minister-President of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate.

Serving as Minister of Social Affairs, Labor, Health and Demography since 2002, she was the designated successor of Kurt Beck, who announced his upcoming resignation from the post on September 28, 2012.[1] She was officially elected on January 16, 2013.

Education and career[edit]

Dreyer was born the second of three children of a principal and a teacher.[2] Following a year as an exchange student at Claremont High School in California in 1977,[3] and her final Abitur exams at the Käthe-Kollwitz-Gymnasium Neustadt in 1980, Dreyer started her English studies and Roman Catholic theology at the University of Mainz. The following year she switched majors to jurisprudence and graduated in both law degrees with the first Staatsexamen in 1987 and the second Staatsexamen three years later with an excellent academic record.[2]

From 1989, Dreyer worked at the University of Mainz as a research assistant to Professor Hans-Joachim Pflug.[4] In 1991 she received her appointment as a probationary judge, and later as a prosecutor in Bad Kreuznach.[3]


Dreyer was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in the early 1990s.[5]


Political offices
Preceded by
Kurt Beck
Minister-President of Rhineland-Palatinate
Succeeded by