Heidi Knake-Werner

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Heidi Knake-Werner (born March 5, 1943 in Tomaszów Mazowiecki ) is a German politician ( Die Linke ). From 2002 to 2009 she was a senator in the state of Berlin . Before that, she was a member of the German Bundestag from 1994 to 2002 . She is married to Harald Werner .


Heidi Knake-Werner spent her childhood in Wilhelmshaven , where she graduated from high school in 1964. This was followed by studies at the University of Göttingen , which she graduated in 1969 with a degree in social economics. After doing research at the Universities of Oldenburg and Bremen , Knake-Werner did her doctorate at the University of Oldenburg, where she then worked as a research assistant in the field of family, educational and industrial sociology.

Knake-Werner has been a member of the DGB's member unions since 1969. From 1970 to 1981 she was a member of the SPD , for which she a. a. held the office of city councilor in Oldenburg . From 1981 to 1989 she was a member of the DKP .

In 1990 Heidi Knake-Werner joined the PDS and became a research assistant in the PDS Bundestag group. In the party she was initially in the presidium, after its abolition until 2002 in the federal executive committee.

Knake-Werner was a member of the German Bundestag from 1994 to 2002 . In the legislative period 1994–1998 she was deputy group chairman of the PDS Bundestag group. During the 1998–2002 legislative period, Knake-Werner was deputy chairman of the PDS parliamentary group from 1998 to October 2000 and deputy chairman of the committee for labor and social affairs. From October 2000 to January 2002 she was the first parliamentary manager of the PDS parliamentary group. In addition, she was honorary chairwoman of the German-Portuguese parliamentary group of the German Bundestag. She resigned on February 17, 2002 to accept a senatorial office in Berlin. Your successor in the Bundestag was Wolfgang Bierstedt .

From January 17, 2002 to November 2006, Knake-Werner was Berlin's Senator for Health, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection , and since November 23, 2006 Senator for Integration, Labor and Social Affairs. In the Berlin election in 2006 she was elected to the Berlin House of Representatives, but resigned six months later because of her senatorial office. On October 15, 2009, she resigned from office for reasons of age. The Berlin State Association of People's Solidarity , a welfare association with 18,500 regional members (2014), elected Heidi Knake-Werner as its new chairman in October 2010. She was re-elected in October 2014.


  • Heidi Knake-Werner: In red shoes. My political ways. Ulrike Helmer Verlag, Sulzbach (Taunus) 2011, ISBN 978-3-89741-332-0 .

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  1. Heidi Knake-Werner says goodbye to politics. In: NWZ online from October 16, 2009
  2. Knake-Werner at the head of the Berlin People's Solidarity. In: Tagesspiegel.de of October 29, 2010
  3. Re-election published in the club's magazine (see cover picture IM FOKUS 4/2014) ( memento of January 27, 2015 in the Internet Archive ), no press report or press release can be found on the Internet