Katja Kipping

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Katja Kipping at Maischberger 2019

Katja Kipping (born January 18, 1978 in Dresden ) is a German politician of the Die Linke party and a literary scholar . She has been a member of the German Bundestag since 2005 and party leader together with Bernd Riexinger since 2012 .

Before Katja Kipping moved into the Bundestag in 2005, she sat for the PDS in the state parliament of Saxony , where she was also a member of the parliamentary group committee from 2003. From the founding of the Left Party in 2007 to her election as chairman, she was also deputy party chairman. It is close to the reform-oriented emancipatory left .

Life and work

After graduating from high school in 1996 at the Annen-Gymnasium in Dresden, Katja Kipping did a voluntary social year in Gatchina near Saint Petersburg (Russia) from 1996 to 1997 . From 1997 to 2003 she studied Slavic Studies with the minor subjects American Studies and Public Law at the TU Dresden and graduated with a Magistra Artium (MA).

Katja Kipping is married and has a daughter. She lives in Berlin and Dresden.


At the beginning of her studies in 1997, Kipping became involved in the so-called protest office at the TU Dresden and became a member of the PDS in 1998 . From July 2003 she was deputy federal chairwoman of the PDS with a focus on social agenda and contact with social movements . In the party formation process, she was considered one of the supporters of a united all-German left. On June 16, 2007, she was elected deputy federal chairman of the Die Linke party. Five years later, the delegates at the 3rd federal party conference on June 2, 2012 elected Katja Kipping as federal chairwoman with an approval rate of 67%. Since then she has represented the party together with Bernd Riexinger . She was confirmed as party leader both at the Berlin party congress in May 2014 with 77% and at the party congress in Magdeburg in 2016 with 74%. In June 2018 she was re-elected with 64.5% at the party congress in Leipzig.


Kipping at an election campaign event on the subject of "Minimum income guaranteeing without sanctions" before the 2017 federal election

Katja Kipping was a member of the Dresden City Council from 1999 to 2003 .

From 1999 to 2005 she was a member of the Saxon state parliament . Here she was spokeswoman for the PDS parliamentary group for transport and energy policy and from 2003 a member of the parliamentary group's executive committee.

Kipping has been a member of the German Bundestag since 2005 . She has entered the Bundestag as the top candidate for the Saxony state list. My constituency is Dresden I .

In the Bundestag, the declared opponent of Hartz IV is the social policy spokeswoman for the left-wing parliamentary group . She is represented as a deputy member of the Labor and Social Committee. She sees Hartz IV benefits above the socio-cultural subsistence level without cuts as an interim goal and a minimum to ensure existence and participation. After the judgment of the Federal Constitutional Court on ALG II in November 2019 , together with social associations , scientists, the Basic Income Network , trade unions and politicians from the SPD and the Greens, in a joint declaration they called for the complete abolition of sanctions and a humane system of promotion and support. Kipping welcomed the Karlsruhe decision on unemployment benefit II as a historic judgment on social guarantees.

From November 25, 2009 to September 26, 2012, she was Chair of the Labor and Social Affairs Committee of the German Bundestag.

In January 2012 it became known that Kipping was one of 27 members of the Bundestag left under observation by the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution , which was criticized by representatives of the SPD , Greens and FDP . See also: Monitoring of the party Die Linke by the protection of the constitution .

Social offices

From December 2004 to April 2008, Kipping was the spokeswoman for the Basic Income Network before she resigned in favor of working on the magazine Prager Frühling . Together with Caren Lay and Julia Bonk, she is one of the initiators of the emancipatory left.

In December 2007, Kipping joined forces with other members of the left-wing parliamentary groups in the Bundestag and the Saxon state parliament in a demonstrative act of solidarity by Rote Hilfe e. V. at.

Katja Kipping is the editor of Prager Frühling magazine . The magazine for freedom and socialism (so its subtitle) has been published by VSA-Verlag since May 2008 and only online since 2014.

Kipping is a founding member of the Solidarity Modern Institute . V. (ISM). She is a member of its board of directors and was also its spokesperson until June 24, 2012.


Web links

Commons : Katja Kipping  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Sächsische Zeitung of December 28, 2012.
  2. Kipping and Riexinger lead deeply divided leftists. In: Spiegel Online. June 2, 2012, accessed June 3, 2012 .
  3. Election of the party executive committee. Die Linke, June 2, 2012, accessed December 1, 2016 .
  4. ^ Party congress in Leipzig: Kipping and Riexinger re-elected as left-wing chairmen. In: The world. June 9, 2018, accessed June 9, 2018 .
  5. ^ Specialist political spokespersons for the Die Linke parliamentary group in the Bundestag
  6. ^ German Bundestag - MPs. Retrieved August 2, 2020 .
  7. For a secure subsistence level: promote basic security recipients instead of interfering with the subsistence level! (PDF), Declaration by the social associations , November 5, 2019.
  8. Nuremberg press : Federal Constitutional Court overturns large parts of the Hartz IV sanctions. November 5, 2019, accessed November 6, 2019 .
  9. bundestag.de
  10. ^ Secret service: The protection of the constitution observes 27 left-wing MPs. In: Spiegel online . January 22, 2012, accessed October 26, 2013 .
  11. Supervision of MPs “unbearable”. In: tagesschau.de . January 22, 2012, archived from the original on January 16, 2013 ; Retrieved October 26, 2013 .
  12. Rote Hilfe e. V. - Members of the Bundestag of the parliamentary group Die Linke in the Bundestag join the Red Aid - the other parliamentary group members were Sevim Dagdelen , Nele Hirsch and Michael Leutert , Julia Bonk and Freya-Maria Klinger from the Saxon state parliament
  13. The focus is on people. A policy of social justice is necessary and possible: DIE LINKE. Retrieved September 9, 2018 .
  14. ^ Institute Solidarity Modern: Founding members
  15. New faces at the ISM