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Andrea Nahles
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Nahles in 2019
Leader of the Social Democratic Party
In office
22 April 2018 – 3 June 2019
General Secretary Lars Klingbeil
Deputy Manuela Schwesig
Natascha Kohnen
Malu Dreyer
Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel
Ralf Stegner
Olaf Scholz
Preceded by Martin Schulz
Succeeded by Malu Dreyer (Acting)
Manuela Schwesig (Acting)
Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel (Acting)
Norbert Walter-Borjans & Saskia Esken (Elected)
Leader of the Social Democratic Party in the Bundestag
In office
27 September 2017 – 4 June 2019
Chief Whip Carsten Schneider
Preceded by Thomas Oppermann
Succeeded by Rolf Mützenich (Acting)
Minister of Labour and Social Affairs
In office
17 December 2013 – 27 September 2017
Chancellor Angela Merkel
Preceded by Ursula von der Leyen
Succeeded by Katarina Barley (Acting)
General Secretary of the Social Democratic Party
In office
13 November 2009 – 26 January 2014
Leader Sigmar Gabriel
Preceded by Hubertus Heil
Succeeded by Yasmin Fahimi
Deputy Leader of the Social Democratic Party
In office
26 October 2007 – 12 November 2009
Leader Kurt Beck
Frank-Walter Steinmeier (Acting)
Franz Müntefering
Preceded by Kurt Beck
Succeeded by Hannelore Kraft
Member of the Bundestag
for Rhineland-Palatinate
In office
18 September 2005 – 1 November 2019
Succeeded by Joe Weingarten
In office
27 September 1998 – 22 September 2002
Personal details
Andrea Maria Nahles

(1970-06-20) 20 June 1970 (age 53)
Mendig, West Germany
Political party Social Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Marcus Frings (divorced)
Children 1
Alma mater University of Bonn

Andrea Maria Nahles (born 20 June 1970) is a former German politician who has been the director of the Federal Employment Agency (BA) since 2022.

Nahles is best known for having served as leader of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) from April 2018 until June 2019 and the leader of the SPD in the Bundestag from September 2017 until June 2019. She served as a Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs from 2013 to 2017 and SPD Youth leader. From 2020 to 2022, she was the president of the Federal Posts and Telecommunications Agency.

Nahles is known within the party for criticising Gerhard Schröder's Agenda 2010. In June 2019, in the aftermath of the SPD's result in the 2019 European elections, she announced her resignation as leader of the SPD and as parliamentary leader of the SPD. For the transition period until a new SPD-leader was elected, Manuela Schwesig, Malu Dreyer and Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel acted as her successors. Nahles left the Bundestag on 31 October 2019.

Early life and education

Born in 1970 in Mendig, Rhineland-Palatinate, to a bricklayer and an office clerk, Nahles grew up in the rural Eifel region in West Germany. She finished high school (Abitur) through a continuing education program in 1989. She obtained an MA after studying politics, philosophy and German studies at the University of Bonn for 20 semesters (10 years), during which time she was an assistant to a member of parliament.

In 2004, Nahles began working towards a doctorate in Germanistics. She abandoned her dissertation in 2005 when she returned to the Bundestag. The title of her planned dissertation was "Walter Scott's influence on the development of the historical novel in Germany".

Other activities

  • Baden-Badener Unternehmer-Gespräche (BBUG), Member of the Board of Trustees (since 2022)
  • Central Committee of German Catholics, Member
  • Denkwerk Demokratie, Member of the Advisory Board
  • Maria Laach Abbey, Member of the Board of Trustees
  • Willy Brandt Center Jerusalem, Member of the Board of Trustees
  • spw – Zeitschrift für sozialistische Politik und Wirtschaft, Member of the Editorial Board
  • IG Metall, Member
  • Eurosolar, Member
  • Attac, Member
  • ZDF, Ex-officio Member of the Television Board (2000–2004)

Personal life

Nahles' partner was VW manager Horst Neumann from 1997 until 2007. From 2010, she was married to art historian Marcus Frings with whom she has one daughter, born in January 2011. In January 2016 the couple announced their separation.

Nahles lives in the village of Weiler, where she was born. A Roman Catholic, she attends Sunday mass in the village regularly. She resides on a farm that belonged to her great-grandparents. Since 2017, she has an apartment in Berlin's Moabit district.

Nahles enjoys horse riding. Until an accident in 1986, she also was a track and field athlete.

See also

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