Federal Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany since December 2021. 1985, degree in Law, University of Hamburg. Joined the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) in 1975; since then, has served in various positions within the party. 1998-2001 and 2002-11, Member of the German Bundestag. 2007-09, Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs. Following this, appointed Deputy Chair of the SPD parliamentary group. 2011-18, served as Mayor of Hamburg. February to April 2018, Acting Chair of the SPD. Federal Minister of Finance and Vice-Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany from March 2018-December 2021.