Wolfgang Schmidt

Federal Minister for Special Affairs and Head of the Chancellery, Federal Republic of Germany


  • since 1989
    Member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD)
  • 1990
    Abitur (university entrance qualification) in Hamburg
  • 1991 to 1997
    Studied law in Hamburg and Bilbao/Spain, first state examination in law
  • 1997 to 2000
    Research associate at the University of Hamburg
  • 2000 to 2002
    Legal clerkship at the Hanseatic Higher Regional Court of Hamburg, second state examination in law
  • 2002 to 2005
    Personal assistant, then office manager to the Secretary General of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD)
  • 2005 to 2007
    Office manager of the First Parliamentary Secretary of the SPD parliamentary group in the Bundestag
  • 2007 to 2009
    Head of the Minister’s Office and Head of the Management and Planning Unit at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs
  • 2010 to 2011
    Director of the German branch of the International Labour Organization (ILO)
  • 2011 to 2018
    State Councillor (Secretary of State) and Plenipotentiary of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg to the Federation, to the European Union and for Foreign Affairs
  • 2014 to 2015
    Chair of the Conference of European Ministers (EMC)
  • 2015 to 2018
    Member of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR)
  • 2018 to 2021
    Secretary of State at the Federal Ministry of Finance
  • since December 2021
    Head of the Federal Chancellery and Federal Minister for Special Tasks