Doctor of Philosophy in Law, Mainz, Germany.
Member Rhinegau-Taunus District Council, 1972—1987. Solicitor City of Eltville, 1976—1983, notary, 1983. Member Parliament of Federal State of Hesse, 1983, parliamentary secretary Christian Democratic Union parliamentary group, 1987—1999, chairman Christian Democratic Union parliamentary group, 2003—2005.
Minister federal and European affairs Federal State of Hesse, 1999—2000, head state cabinet office, 1999—2000. Member of Parliament, Hesse district 184 Gross-Gerau constituency Bundestag (House of Representatives), Germany, since 2005. Minister defense Government Germany, 2005—2009, minister labor and social affairs, 2009.
With amphibious engineers, Niederlahnstein and Lorch on the Rhine, Germany.
Married Beate Jung; 3 children.