Rudolf Henke

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Rudolf Henke
Rudolf Henke 2013.jpg
Member of the Bundestag
Personal details
Born (1954-06-05) June 5, 1954 (age 63)
Birkesdorf, Düren, Germany
Nationality German
Political party Christian Democratic Union (CDU)
Spouse(s) Eva[1]
Children 4
Residence Burtscheid, Aachen, Germany
Alma mater RWTH Aachen University

Rudolf Henke (born 5 June 1954) is a physician who has been a member of the German Bundestag since 2009.[1]

Education and early career[edit]

Born in Düren,[1] Henke completed his Abitur at the Stiftisches Gymnasium in Düren[1] before studying medicine at RWTH Aachen University between 1972 and 1979.[1] The following year, he became assistant physician at St Antonius Hospital in Eschweiler,[2] rising to become a consultant in hematology and oncology in September 1988.[1] He has been on the board of directors of the physicians' trade union Marburger Bund since 1989, becoming chair in 2007.[3] He is a German delegate to the World Medical Association.[1]

Political career[edit]

Henke joined the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in 1992[2] and was elected to the Landtag of North Rhine-Westphalia (state parliament) in 1995.[2] He remained a member of the parliament until 2009,[1] having been twice re-elected,[2] holding positions on the Ausschuss für Arbeit, Gesundheit und Soziales (Work, Health and Social committee) and the Ausschuss für Innovation, Wissenschaft, Forschung und Technologie (Innovation, Science, Research and Technology committee).[1] Between 2005 and 2009, he was deputy leader of the CDU parliamentary group.[1]

Henke was directly elected to the Bundestag in the Aachen I constituency in 2009,[4] receiving more votes than incumbent federal health minister Ulla Schmidt in the process.[4] He has been a member of the Health Committee since his election, becoming deputy chairman of the committee in 2014.[1] Henke was re-elected in 2013.[5]

Other activities[edit]

In addition to his parliamentary work, Henke holds various positions that have contributed to making him one of the highest-earning members of the Bundestag,[6] including the following:

  • Allianz Private Krankenversicherungs-Aktiengesellschaft (APKV), Deputy Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board
  • Deutsche Apotheker- und Ärztebank, Member of the Advisory Board
  • Deutsche Ärzteversicherung, Member of the Advisory Board[7]
  • Federal Association for Children with Heart Diseases (BVHK), Member of the Scientific Advisory Board[8]
  • German-Israeli Association (DIG), Member

Personal life[edit]

Henke is married with four children, and lives in Burtscheid, Aachen.[1] He was deputy chair of the CDU in the city between 1999 and 2013.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Im Portrait – Rudolf Henke". Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Landtag NRW: Detailansicht des Abgeordneten Rudolf Henke". Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Deutscher Bundestag - Rudolf Henke, CDU". Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Arzt und Gesundheitspolitiker: Rudolf Henke". Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "Die beiden Großen sind die Gewinner". Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  6. ^ Gerald Eimer (August 6, 2015), [1] Aachener Zeitung.
  7. ^ Advisory Board Deutsche Ärzteversicherung.
  8. ^ Scientific Advisory Board Federal Association for Children with Heart Diseases (BVHK).