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Ursula von der Leyen
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President of the European Commission
Assumed office
1 December 2019
Preceded by Jean-Claude Juncker
Minister of Defence
In office
17 December 2013 – 17 July 2019
Chancellor Angela Merkel
Preceded by Thomas de Maizière
Succeeded by Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer
Deputy Leader of the Christian Democratic Union
In office
15 November 2010 – 22 November 2019
Serving with Volker Bouffier, Julia Klöckner, Armin Laschet and Thomas Strobl
Leader Angela Merkel
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer
Preceded by Christian Wulff
Succeeded by Silvia Breher
Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs
In office
30 November 2009 – 17 December 2013
Chancellor Angela Merkel
Preceded by Franz Josef Jung
Succeeded by Andrea Nahles
Federal Minister of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth
In office
22 November 2005 – 30 November 2009
Chancellor Angela Merkel
Preceded by Renate Schmidt
Succeeded by Kristina Schröder
Lower Saxony State Minister for Social Affairs, Women, Family and Health
In office
4 March 2003 – 22 November 2005
Minister President Christian Wulff
Preceded by Gitta Trauernicht
Succeeded by Mechthild Ross-Luttmann
Member of the Bundestag
for Lower Saxony
In office
27 September 2009 – 31 July 2019
Constituency State Wide Party List
Personal details
Ursula Gertrud Albrecht

(1958-10-08) 8 October 1958 (age 63)
Ixelles, Belgium
Political party Christian Democratic Union
Spouse(s) Heiko von der Leyen
Children 7
Father Ernst Albrecht
Alma mater University of Göttingen
University of Münster
London School of Economics
Hannover Medical School
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Ursula Gertrud von der Leyen (; née Albrecht, 8 October 1958) is a German politician. She is the President of the European Commission.

She had served as Minister of Defence of Germany from 2013 to 2019. She is a member of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU).

Von der Leyen is the only minister to have been in Angela Merkel's cabinet since she took office in 2005, first as Minister of Family Affairs and Youth from 2005 to 2009, then as Minister of Labour and Social Affairs from 2009 to 2013, before becoming Minister of Defence in 2013.

German politician Ernst Albrecht was her father.

On 2 July 2019, von der Leyen was nominated by the European Council to the position of President of the European Commission. With a close majority, she was elected by the European Parliament on 16 July, making her the first woman to hold the office.

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