Armin Laschet

Minister President of North Rhine-Westphalia

Armin Laschet was born on 18 February 1961 in Aachen. He is married and father to three children. Mr. Laschet studied Law and Public Policy with a focus on International Law at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and the University of Bonn. He sat his first state law exam in 1987. From 1987 to 1994 he was trained as a journalist, and worked as a freelance journalist for Bavarian radio stations and for the television programme Bayerisches Fernsehen. Furthermore, he was a science advisor for the President of the German Parliament, the Bundestag.

From 1994 to 1998 he was a member of the Bundestag, where he chiefly worked on the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Economic Cooperation and Development Committee. He was elected to European Parliament in 1999. There he focused his efforts on foreign policy and security policy, and was a parliamentary reporter for relations between the European Union and the United Nations. From 2005 to 2010 he was Minister of Generations, Family, Women and Integration for the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, making him Germany’s first Minister of Integration. As of 2010 he was also Minister of Federal Affairs, Europe and Media. Armin Laschet has been a member of the state parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Landtag, since 2010, and Chairman of the CDU (Christian Democratic Union) State Association of North Rhine-Westphalia and Federal Deputy Chairman of the CDU of Germany since 2012. From 2013 to 2017 he was Chairman of the CDU faction in the Landtag of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Armin Laschet has been Minister President of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia since 27 June 2017.

Since 1 January 2019 he is also the Federal Republic of Germany’s Cultural Affairs Representative for the German-French cooperation agreement. He is a member of the Board of Directors for awarding the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen, the Presidium of the United Nations Association of Germany, and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts in Salzburg.