Party affiliation: Christian Democratic Union of Germany
Regional Secretary, Christian Democratic Union, Hamburg, 1975-1981. Member, Hamburg City Parliament, 1974-1989. Party-Whip, 1981-1989.
Member of European Parliament, 1989-1991. Minister of the Interior, Saxony-Anhalt. since 1991, Chairman, Economics Committee. Deputy Member of Bundesrat, since 1991.
Deputy member. Federation Committee, Bundestag and Bundesrat, January since 1992. Chairman, Local Christian Democratic Union, Salzwedel. Member, Bureau, European People's Party, June since 1992.
Major, German Army, since 1974.