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Karl Lauterbach

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Karl Lauterbach

Lauterbach in 2020
Minister of Health
Assumed office
8 December 2021
ChancellorOlaf Scholz
Preceded byJens Spahn
Member of the Bundestag
for Leverkusen – Cologne IV
Assumed office
18 October 2005
Preceded byErnst Küchler
Deputy Leader of the Social Democratic Party in the Bundestag
In office
22 October 2013 – 24 September 2019
LeaderFrank-Walter Steinmeier
Thomas Oppermann
Andrea Nahles
Rolf Mützenich
Preceded byFlorian Pronold
Succeeded byBärbel Bas
Spokesperson for Health of the SPD Group in the Bundestag
In office
27 October 2009 – 22 October 2013
Preceded byCarola Reimann
Succeeded byHilde Mattheis
Personal details
Born
Karl Wilhelm Lauterbach

(1963-02-21) 21 February 1963 (age 61)
Düren, North Rhine-Westphalia, West Germany
NationalityGerman
Political partyCDU (before 2001)
SPD (2001–present)[1]
Spouse(s)
Angela Spelsberg
(m. 1996; div. 2010)
Children5
Alma materUniversity of Düsseldorf
Harvard University
ProfessionMedical doctor
Websitekarllauterbach.de

Karl Wilhelm Lauterbach (German pronunciation: [kaʁl ˈlaʊ̯tɐˌbax] (audio speaker iconlisten); born 21 February 1963) is a German scientist, physician, and politician of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD). He has been the Federal Minister of Health since 8 December 2021. He is professor of health economics and epidemiology at the University of Cologne. Since the 2005 German federal election, he has been a member of the Bundestag.

During the COVID-19 pandemic in Germany, he became well known in the country for his appearances on television talk shows as an invited guest expert, along with his frequent use of Twitter to provide commentary about the pandemic.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Karl Lauterbach: "Ich kann in Berlin viel bewegen". RP. 11 September 2013. Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  2. Weckesser, Luisa (18 May 2021). "Karl Lauterbach: Familienvater, Mediziner und Twitter-Liebhaber". Frankfurter Rundschau (in German). Retrieved 7 December 2021.