Party affiliation: Social Democratic Party of Germany
Regional Chairman, Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands (Social Democratic Party of Germany), Bremen, 1972-1978. Member. Federal Committee, Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands (Social Democratic Party of Germany), since 1984. Member, Bremen City Parliament, 1971-1978.
Senator for Finance, 1978-1979. Senator for Youth, Welfare and Sport. 83; Senator for Youth and Welfare, 1983-1990.
Senator for Education, Science and Art, since 1990. Mayor and Deputy to President of Senate, since 1985. Member, Leadership of Protestant Studies and teacher.
Teacher Training College, Bremen. Lawyer, 1967; Graduate Civil Servant, Lower Saxony Region, 1967-1968. Civil Servant and Government Councillor, Senator for the Interior, Bremen, 196871.
Public Proseutor, Bremen.