Elke Ferner

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Elke Ferner with Manfred Zöllmer (left), Dimitris Droutsas (center) and Axel Schäfer (right), photo: 2011

Elke Ferner , b. Widua, (born May 5, 1958 in Idar-Oberstein ) is a German politician ( SPD ). From December 2013 to October 2017 she was Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry for Family, Seniors, Women and Youth .

Life and work

After graduating from high school in 1977 at the Rotenbühl grammar school in Saarbrücken , Elke Ferner completed an apprenticeship as a data processing clerk , which she completed in 1979 with a business assistant's letter. From 1979 to 1984 she worked as a programmer for Asko Deutsche Kaufhaus AG and from 1985 to 1990 for Stadtwerke Saarbrücken .

Elke Ferner is married.

Political party

Elke Ferner has been a member of the SPD since 1983. From 1997 to 2007 she was a member of the board of the SPD Saarland and from 2003 was deputy state chairman. From November 2005 to October 2007 she was also deputy federal chairwoman of the SPD. On October 26, 2007, she was re-elected to the SPD party executive committee and was a member of it until 2017.

Elke Ferner has also been involved in the Working Group of Social Democratic Women since 1983 , of which she was a member of the Saarland regional board from 1989 to 1999, and from 1991 as regional chairwoman. From 1992 to 2018 she was a member of the ARSP federal executive committee, from 2004 as federal chairwoman.

In December 2014 she was elected to the board of the European Social Democrats (PES Women).


Elke Ferner was a member of the German Bundestag for the first time from 1990 to 1994 . Shortly after the federal election in 1994 , she moved on 21 November 1994 again as Nachrückerin for the retired deputies Oskar Lafontaine in the Bundestag one. To do this, she resigned her mandate in the Saarland state parliament , which she had won only a few weeks earlier in the 1994 state election . She then belonged to the German Bundestag until 1998. From 1994 to 1998 she was the spokeswoman for the transport working group of the SPD parliamentary group and a member of the SPD parliamentary group executive committee. She was not a member of the 14th German Bundestag (1998–2002).

From 2002 she was again a member of the German Bundestag and from November 2005 to 2013 deputy chairwoman of the SPD parliamentary group responsible for health and social affairs. She was also a member of the executive committee of the parliamentary left .

Elke Ferner moved into the Bundestag in 1990 and 1994 via the Saarland state list and in 2002 and 2005 as a directly elected member of the Saarbrücken constituency . In the 2005 Bundestag election, she achieved 33.5% of the first votes , including against Oskar Lafontaine .

In the 2009 Bundestag election , she was unable to defend her direct mandate. It was defeated by the CDU politician Anette Huebinger with 30.4% of the first votes, but moved back into the Bundestag via the state list. In 2013 she was again defeated by Anette Hübinger in the first votes, but retained her parliamentary mandate via the state list. In the 2017 federal election , she did not stand as a candidate and left the Bundestag.


Internet blocking

In 2009, Family Minister Ursula von der Leyen also supported the attempt to block Internet sites for the purpose of combating child pornography (see Law to Combat Child Pornography in Communication Networks ). She and her fellow campaigners justified their consent as follows:

“Ultimately, when considering the approval of this law, the fact that the corresponding blocking infrastructure is already being set up on the basis of the contracts concluded between the BKA and Internet providers must also be taken into account. These contracts do not contain sufficient protection of fundamental rights and procedural safeguards and are therefore extremely problematic. We see it as our duty as members of parliament to weaken such far-reaching, non-transparent and constitutionally simply inadmissible contracts at the expense of third parties by means of a legal basis and to reduce their negative impact. "

Pope speech

Elke Ferner stayed on the occasion of Pope Benedict XVI's speech . in front of the German Bundestag on September 22, 2011 demonstratively far from the plenary hall. She justified this boycott , which was supported by around 100 other MPs, in the core statement:

“The Pope does not speak primarily as head of state, but speaks as head of the church. For me that is a difference. I do not believe that Parliament is the right place for the Pope to speak. (…) Besides, I see my absence as an act of solidarity with all those who fight against the dogmas of the Pope within the Catholic Church. "

Public offices

From 1998 to 2000 Elke Ferner was a civil servant State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Housing and from 2013 to 2017 she was Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Family, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth.


In 2018 Elke Ferner was elected to the board of the German Women's Council , the lobby of women in Germany, and heads the specialist committee “Parity in Parliaments and Politics”, which advocates more women in all parliaments.

Individual evidence

  1. Iris Neu: Fought enough? Saarbrücker Zeitung, June 3, 2016, accessed on May 14, 2019 .
  2. Declaration according to § 31 GO-BT of the delegates Elke Ferner (SPD) ea for the 3rd discussion of the draft law of the parliamentary groups of the CDU / CSU and the SPD "Draft of a law to combat child pornography in communication networks" on June 18, 2009, printed matter 16 / 227, Annex 15 , online at [1] (last accessed on November 15, 2013)
  3. SPD parliamentary group vice also regrets boycott of the papal speech, in: Saarbrücker Zeitung of September 23, 2011 (last accessed on November 14, 2013)  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.@1@ 2Template: Toter Link / www.saarbruecker-zeitung.de  
  4. Papal speech in the Bundestag: staying away as an act of solidarity , interview of the Tagesschau from September 21, 2011 on www.tagesschau.de (last accessed on November 14, 2013)

Web links

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