|State Minister for Social Affairs of Rhineland-Palatinate|
|Preceded by||Alexander Schweitzer|
|Member of the Bundestag|
2002 – 2014
13 February 1975 |
Altenkirchen, Rhineland-Palatinate, West Germany
|Political party||Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD)|
Member of the German Bundestag, 2002–2014
Bätzing-Lichtenthäler was first elected to be a member of the Bundestag in the 2002 national elections, representing the constituency of Neuwied from 2002 to 2009 and being elected from the land list in 2009. From 2005 until 2009, she served as the German government's commissioner on drug-related issues in the Federal Ministry of Health. Between 2009 and 2013, she was a member of the Finance Committee and the Sports Committee. In addition to her committee assignments, Bätzing-Lichtenthäler was a member of the German-French Parliamentary Friendship Group and of the German-Swiss Parliamentary Friendship Group.
In the negotiations to form a Grand Coalition of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU together with the Bavarian CSU) and the SPD following the 2013 federal elections, Bätzing was part of the SPD delegation in the working group on financial policy and the national budget, led by Wolfgang Schäuble and Olaf Scholz.
State Minister of Social Affairs, 2014–present
- ZDF, Member of the Television Board (2005-2014)
- Official website (German)
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