Karin Roth

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Karin Roth

Karin Roth born Steinhübel (born February 6, 1949 in Erkenbrechtsweiler ) is a German politician ( SPD ). She was a member of the German Bundestag from 2002 to 2013 . From 2005 to 2009 she was Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Minister for Transport, Building and Urban Development . Before that, from 1998 to 2001 she was Senator for Labor, Health and Social Affairs of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg .

Life and work

After attending elementary school , Karin Roth began training at the Deutsche Bundespost in 1963 , where she worked as an administrative clerk until 1971. In 1972 she obtained the advanced technical college entrance qualification on the second educational path at the Academy of Labor in Frankfurt am Main . She then began studying social work at the University of Applied Sciences in Frankfurt / Main , which she finished in 1978 as a graduate social worker.

In addition, from 1973 to 1979 she worked initially as an assistant to the main board of the Deutsche Postgewerkschaft and later as a department head for youth and women's policy at the German Union of Rhineland-Palatinate in Mainz .

From 1979 to 1993 she was a consultant on the board of IG Metall in Frankfurt / Main. There she was initially employed in the women's department and in 1984 moved to the fundamental issues department, where she was responsible for energy and environmental policy.

From 1993 to 1994 she was initially deputy chairwoman and from February 1994 finally chairwoman of the DGB regional district of Nordmark.

Karin Roth has been a member of the SPD since 1972.


From 2002 to 2013 Roth was a member of the German Bundestag. It always entered the Bundestag via the list of the state of Baden-Württemberg . In the 2009 Bundestag election, Karin Roth in the Esslingen constituency lost 28.6% of the first vote against the CDU candidate Markus Grübel . From 2002 to 2005 Roth was a member of the Committee for Economy and Labor and from 2009 to 2013 a member of the Committee for Economic Cooperation and Development as well as SPD chairwoman in the subcommittee on health in developing countries .

Public offices

On April 1, 1998, Karin Roth was appointed Senator for Labor, Health and Social Affairs to the Senate of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, led by Ortwin Runde ( Senate Runde ), after her predecessor Helgrit Fischer-Menzel resigned on charges of favoritism .

At the beginning of September 1998, Roth and the President of the Landesarbeitsamt Nord agreed framework conditions so that the job placement of social welfare recipients could be carried out jointly by the employment and social welfare offices.

For her decision to award planned social projects through tenders , she was massively criticized by the associations of independent welfare in autumn 1999.

After the Red-Green coalition in the state election had lost its majority in 2001, Karin Roth resigned on 31 October 2001 from the office.

On November 23, 2005, Karin Roth was appointed Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Transport, Building and Urban Development in the Federal Government ( Merkel I cabinet ) headed by Chancellor Angela Merkel . She held this function until the end of the grand coalition of CDU / CSU and SPD on October 26, 2009. She was responsible for the areas of construction, energy-efficient building renovation, housing policy as well as inland and maritime shipping.


She is a member of the board of trustees of the children's aid organization Plan International Germany and of the administrative board of the aid organization CARE Germany .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Our structure. CARE Deutschland eV, accessed on March 12, 2019 .