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Joachim Gauck
2012-06-05 Bundespraesident Joachim Gauck Berlin.jpg
President of Germany
In office
18 March 2012 – 18 March 2017
Chancellor Angela Merkel
Preceded by Christian Wulff
Succeeded by Frank-Walter Steinmeier
Federal Commissioner for the Stasi Records
In office
4 October 1990 – 10 October 2000
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Marianne Birthler
Member of the Bundestag
for East Germany
In office
3 October 1990 – 4 October 1990
Member of the Volkskammer
for Rostock
In office
18 March 1990 – 2 October 1990
Constituency Alliance 90 List
Personal details
Born 24 January 1940 (1940-01-24) (age 82)
Rostock, Germany
Political party Independent (1990–present)
Other political
New Forum/Alliance 90 (1989–1990)
Spouse(s) Gerhild Radtke (1959–1991, separated)
Domestic partner Daniela Schadt (2000–present)
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Joachim Wilhelm Gauck GCB ( born 24 January 1940) is a retired German civil rights activist and nonpartisan politician who served as President of Germany from 2012 to 2017. A former Lutheran pastor, he came to prominence as an anti-communist civil rights activist in East Germany.

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