Renate Schmidt

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Renate Schmidt at a reading from her book "Let our children choose"

Renate Schmidt (née Pokorny , born December 12, 1943 in Hanau ) is a German politician ( SPD ).

She was Vice President of the German Bundestag from 1990 to 1994 and was Federal Minister for Family, Seniors, Women and Youth in the Schröder II cabinet from 2002 to 2005 .

education and profession

In 1961, Renate Schmidt had to leave the grammar school in Fürth prematurely, one year before graduation , because her pregnancy at 17 years of age was still seen as a disgrace for school. After her marriage and the birth of her child in the same year, she began training as a programmer at the Quelle mail-order company and trained as a systems analyst . After a period of self-employment from 1968 to 1970, she returned to Quelle as a senior systems analyst. In 1972 she became a member of the works council and was released from work from 1973 to 1980. From 1975 Renate Schmidt was also a member of the group's general works council and the economic committee. From 1980 to 1988 she was deputy state chairwoman of the HBV union (today ver.di ) in Bavaria. From 2000 to 2002 Renate Schmidt was President of the KDV Central Office and from May 2002 to October 2002 President of the German Family Association .


Renate Schmidt grew up in Coburg , Fürth and Nuremberg in a Protestant family . The father, a technical employee, came from a Prague lawyers and officers family , while the mother, a saleswoman and tour guide, was a Transylvanian Saxon (from Frauendorf ).

Renate Schmidt's first marriage was to the structural engineer and architect Gerhardt Schmidt († 1984). In May 1998 she married the social scientist and painter Hasso von Henninges, with whom she lives in Nuremberg, for the second time. From her first marriage she has three children and four grandchildren.

Political party

Renate Schmidt has been a member of the SPD since 1972. Together with her first husband, she founded a local group of the Socialist Youth of Germany (Falken) in 1973 , which she led until 1978.

From 1991 to 2000 Renate Schmidt was state chairwoman of the SPD in Bavaria . In the state elections in 1994 and 1998 , she was the SPD's top candidate for the office of Bavarian Prime Minister , but was unable to prevail against incumbent Edmund Stoiber . In 1999 she announced her long-term withdrawal from the top of the party and parliamentary group, which she then carried out in May 2000.

From 1991 to 2005 she was a member of the presidium of the SPD, and from 1997 to 2003 she was also deputy federal chairwoman of the SPD.

Public offices


Renate Schmidt was a member of the German Bundestag from 1980 to 1994 . From 1987 to 1990 she was deputy chairwoman of the SPD parliamentary group and chairwoman of the parliamentary group “Equality between men and women”. From 1990 to 1994 she was Vice President of the German Bundestag.

From 1994 to 2002 Renate Schmidt was a member of the Bavarian state parliament and was also chairwoman of the SPD parliamentary group there until 2000 ( constituency Nuremberg-North , directly elected).

In the 15th German Bundestag (2005-2009) (grand coalition; First Merkel Cabinet , parliamentary elections in 2005 ), she was re-join. She was a full member of the Education, Research and Technology Assessment Committee .

Schmidt moved into the Bundestag in 1980 and 1990 as a directly elected member of the constituency of Nuremberg-North , in the other election years via the Bavarian state list . In 2005 she ran for election in the Erlangen constituency .

For the 2009 Bundestag election , Schmidt decided not to run again, so that she left the Bundestag at the end of the legislature.

Renate Schmidt visiting a company with its own day nursery.

Federal government

From October 22, 2002 to November 22, 2005 she was Federal Minister for Family, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth in the federal government led by Gerhard Schröder .


Start of the school breakfast project at the Ritter-von-Spix-Schule in Höchstadt / Aisch

Renate Schmidt is a member of the Association Against Forgetting - For Democracy , a member of the board of trustees of Mehr Demokratie and the German Family Association . She is a member of the honorary council of AMCHA Germany , the central organization for psychosocial help for survivors of the Holocaust and their descendants in Israel .

Other voluntary activities (including):


She was awarded the Constitutional Medal of the Bavarian State Parliament and the Georg von Vollmar Academy with the Waldemar von Knoeringen Prize , which the Academy awards every two years to outstanding personalities who are in the tradition of the labor movement and the goals of the democratic socialism . In 1992 she was awarded the Wilhelm Dröscher Prize . In 1993 she was awarded the Golden Nuremberg Funnel and in 1994 she received the medal against the seriousness of the Aachen Carnival Association. She has been an honorary citizen of the city of Nuremberg since 2014 (the honorary citizenship was awarded in a ceremony in the historic town hall on October 18, 2014) and received the Luther Medal of the EKD in October 2014 . In May 2014 she received the Golden Merit Medal of the German Family Association for her commitment to the right to vote from birth.



  • Reimar Oltmanns: Women in power - Marie Schlei - Renate Schmidt - Irmgard Adam-Schwaetzer Rita Süssmuth - Antje Vollmer - Protocols of an era of awakening, athenaums program by Anton Hain, Frankfurt a / M, 1990 ISBN 3-445-08551-X .
  • Self-portrait of childhood and youth in: Florian Langenscheidt (ed.): At home with us. Celebrities talk about their childhood. Düsseldorf 1995, ISBN 3-430-15945-8 .
  • Manfred E. Berger: Renate Schmidt - What I want , ECON Verlag, 1994.
  • Rita Süssmuth , Renate Schmidt, Maria Jepsen , Miguel-Pascal Schaar (editor): What remains? Four years of church Aids work in Hamburg , swarm of men 1995, ISBN 3-928983-28-8 .

Web links

Commons : Renate Schmidt  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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  2. Stupidity ruined Quelle. Münchner Merkur, October 23, 2009, accessed on September 27, 2016 .
  3. Renate Schmidt appointed honorary citizen. SPD city council group Nuremberg, July 24, 2014, accessed on September 27, 2016 .
  4. New civil service representative criticizes injustice. Rheinische Post, November 13, 2000, accessed on September 27, 2016 .
  5. Personal. Renate Schmidt, archived from the original on December 29, 2018 ; accessed on February 17, 2019 .
  6. Renate Schmidt. Munzinger, September 24, 2013, accessed on September 27, 2016 .
  7. Renate Schmidt. Körber Foundation, accessed on February 17, 2019 .
  8. ^ Renate Schmidt: All state authority comes from the people. Retrieved February 17, 2019 .
  9. Board of Trustees. More Democracy !, January 31, 2016, accessed September 27, 2016 .
  10. Our supporters. Success factor FRAU eV, accessed on February 17, 2019 .
  11. State management. Bavarian Youth Red Cross, accessed on February 17, 2019 .
  12. Board of Trustees. Archived from the original on March 3, 2018 ; accessed on February 17, 2019 .