Party affiliation: Christian Democratic Union of Germany
Member of Bürgerschaft Hamburg, 1970-1976. Deputy chairman Land Group, 1973. Member of Executive CDU-Land committee.
Member of Federal committee Young Union, 1973-1975. Member of Bundestag, since 1976. Representative for Education and Science, deputy chairman, CDU/CSU Bundestag Group.
Foreign Affairs, Defence, Intra-German Relations, Economic Cooperation, since 1982. Chairman. Federal Specialist committee on Foreign Policies, since 1983. Secretary-General, Christian Democratic Union, since 1990.
Federal Minister of Defence, since 1992. Senior schools service, Hamburg, 1968-1976. Former senior teacher.