Ulrich Kelber in 2014
|Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information|
|Assumed office |
7 January 2019
|Preceded by||Andrea Voßhoff [de]|
|Member of the Bundestag|
1 September 2000 – 6 January 2019
|Born|| (1968-03-29) 29 March 1968 (age 52)|
|Alma mater||University of Bonn|
Ulrich Wolfgang Kelber (born 29 March 1968) is a German former politician of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) who has been serving as the Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information since 7 January 2019. From 2000 to 2019, he was a member of the Bundestag.
Career in local politics
Kelber became a member of the SPD in 1985 and was the local party chairman in Bonn from 2001 to 2008, and a member of the SPD executive board 2009 to 2011.
Member of the German Parliament, 2000–2019
Kelber became a member of the Bundestag on 1 September 2000, replacing Rudolf Dreßler [de] who left. He won re-election as directly elected member for the constituency of Bonn in each of the elections from 2002 to 2017.
In parliament, Kelber was a member of the Committee on the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety from 2000 until 2005, where he served as the SPD parliamentary group's rapporteur on the European Union Emission Trading Scheme (EU ETS). From 2005 until 2013, he served as the group's deputy chairman under the leadership of successive chairmen Peter Struck (2005-2009) and Frank-Walter Steinmeier (2009-2013). In this capacity, he coordinated the group's policy initiatives on the environment, energy, sustainability, agriculture and consumer protection.
In the negotiations to form a Grand Coalition of the Christian Democrats (CDU together with the Bavarian CSU) and the SPD following the 2013 elections, Kelber was part of the SPD delegation in the working group on the environment and agriculture, led by Katherina Reiche and Ute Vogt. In the coalition government of Chancellor Angela Merkel, he subsequently served as Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection under the leadership of minister Heiko Maas from 2014 until 2018.
In the negotiations to form a fourth coalition government under Merkel's leadership following the 2017 federal elections, Kelber was part of the working group on internal and legal affairs, led by Thomas de Maizière, Stephan Mayer and Heiko Maas.
- Eurosolar, Member
- German Cyclist's Association (ADFC), Member
- German Federation for the Environment and Nature Conservation (BUND), Member
- German United Services Trade Union (ver.di), Member
- Greenpeace, Member
- Development and Peace Foundation (SEF), Member of the Board of Trustees (2018- 2019)
- Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway (BNetzA), Member of the Advisory Board (2005-2010)
- "Deutscher Bundestag - Ulrich Kelber". Deutscher Bundestag (in German). Retrieved 6 October 2019.
- Matthias Urbach (May 26, 2004), Parlament verbessert Emissionshandel Die Tageszeitung.
- "Ulrich Kelber named Germany's new federal data protection commissioner". Retrieved 6 October 2019.
- Board of Trustees Development and Peace Foundation (SEF).
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