Life and career
After the completion of her Abitur in 1961, Zapf studied Germanistics, English studies, and literature at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. Afterwards, she worked as a freelancer as an editor and translator for publishers. Later she also worked as an instructor in adult education
Zapf is married and has one child.
She joined the SPD in 1972, and since 1990 has been the chairperson of the commission of "International Politics and Peace" (Internationale Politik und Frieden) of the SPD executive committee for South Hesse (Hessen Süd).
She has belonged to the SPD executive committee of South Hesse since 1983 and has been acting chairperson since 1990. In 2003, she was one of the co-founders of the "One World" ("Eine World") Forum in the district. Since 2005, she has also led the migration working group for the district collective.
Member of the Bundestag
From 1985 to 1992, Zapf was part of the council government for the city of Dreieich.
Since 1990, she has been a member of the German Bundestag. Here, from 1995 to 1998, she was the speaker for the working group "Disarmament and Arms Control" and also chairperson for the discussion group on the Kurds for the SPD Parliamentary faction.
Since 1998, Uta Zapf has been chairperson of the subcommittee for "Disarmament, Arms Control, and Nonproliferation" of the Foreign Affairs Committee and also acting person for the faction working group on "Foreign Policy." From 1998 to 2005, she was part of the SPD faction executive committee.