Irene Ellenberger

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Irene Ellenberger, 1990

Irene Ruth Ellenberger (born April 20, 1946 in Wernigerode ) is a German politician ( SPD ). From 1994 to 1999 she was Minister of Social Affairs of the Free State of Thuringia .

education and profession

After high school in 1964 Irene Ellenberger made first a bricklayer and then graduated in 1965 to study architecture at the University of Architecture and Civil Engineering Weimar , which she in 1971 as a graduate - Engineering ended.


Irene Ellenberger is married and has two children.

Political party

In 1989 she took an active part in demonstrations in Weimar and became a member of the Social Democratic Party in the GDR (SDP).


From March to October 1990 she was a member of the first freely elected People's Chamber in the GDR . From 1990 to 2004 she was a member of the Thuringian state parliament . Here she was first chairman of the social committee and was then vice-president of the state parliament from October 1, 1999 to 2004.

Public offices

During the time of the grand coalition, she was Minister for Social Affairs and Health from 1994 to 1999 in the state government of the Free State of Thuringia led by Prime Minister Bernhard Vogel ( CDU ).


Web links

Commons : Irene Ellenberger  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files