Norbert Röttgen

Norbert Röttgen
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Norbert Röttgen in 2012
Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
In office
28 October 2009 – 16 May 2012
Chancellor Angela Merkel
Preceded by Sigmar Gabriel
Succeeded by Peter Altmaier
Chairman of CDU North Rhine-Westphalia
In office
6 November 2010 – 13 May 2012
Deputy Ursula Heinen-Esser
Armin Laschet
Karl-Josef Laumann
Michaela Noll
Sven Volmering
General Secretary Oliver Wittke
Preceded by Jürgen Rüttgers
Succeeded by TBD
First Chief Whip of parliamentary group of CDU/CSU
In office
25 January 2005 – 26 October 2009
Head Volker Kauder
Succeeded by Peter Altmaier
Personal details
Born (1965-07-02) 2 July 1965 (age 48)
Meckenheim, West Germany
Nationality German
Political party Christian Democratic Union
Spouse(s) Ebba Herfs-Röttgen
Children 3
Alma mater University of Bonn
Religion Roman Catholic

Norbert Röttgen (born 2 July 1965) is a German politician of the Christian Democratic Union. He was Federal Minister for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety from 2009 to 2012.


Röttgen graduated from the Gymnasium of Rheinbach. After completing his Abitur, he started to study law at the University of Bonn in 1984. He passed his first law examination in 1989, his second examination in 1993 and practised as a lawyer in Cologne.[1] He obtained a legal doctorate from the University of Bonn in 2001.


Röttgen joined the CDU in 1982 while he was still a highschool student. From 1992 until 1996, he served as the chair of the Junge Union, the youth organisation of CDU in the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. He was elected to the Bundestag in 1994. From 2002 until 2005 he served as the legal policy spokesman of the Parliamentary group of CDU/CSU.[1]

During the First Cabinet of the Grand Coalition of Angela Merkel in 2005, he served as the Chief Parliamentary Secretary of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary group in the Bundestag until 2009.[1]

From 28 October 2009, Röttgen was the Federal Minister for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety in the Second Cabinet of Angela Merkel.[2] Since November 2010, he has been the deputy chair of the CDU in Germany, as well as the chair of the CDU in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.[1]

Following the dissolution of the state's Landtag on 14 March 2012, Röttgen confirmed his intention to run in the subsequent election as the CDU's candidate for the office of Minister-President against the incumbent, Hannelore Kraft of the SPD.[3]

Following the election defeat of the CDU in North Rhine-Westphalia, Röttgen resigned his position as head of the CDU in North Rhine-Westphalia. On 16 May 2012, Chancellor Merkel fired him under Article 64 of the German Basic Law as Minister for Environment; Peter Altmaier replaced him.[4]

As of 2014, Röttgen chairs the Bundestag's Foreign Affairs committee.



  1. ^ a b c d official biography
  2. ^ Kanzlerin Merkel feuert Umweltminister Röttgen
  3. ^ "Neuwahlen in NRW: Röttgen gegen Kraft". (in German). 14 March 2012. Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "Merkel Fires Environment Minister Röttgen". Spiegel Online. 16 May 2012. 

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