Ulrike Höfken

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Ulrike Höfken (born May 14, 1955 in Düsseldorf ) is a German politician ( Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen ).

Since May 18, 2016 she has been Minister for the Environment, Energy, Nutrition and Forests of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate . In the previous legislative period she was responsible for the environment, agriculture, food, viticulture and forestry. The area of conventional agriculture and viticulture was re-attached to the Ministry of Economic Affairs in 2016, while organic agriculture continues to be overseen by the Ministry of the Environment.

Before that, she was a member of the Bundestag from 1994 to 2011, where she was chairwoman and deputy chairwoman of the Committee on Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection for many years.

Ulrike Höfken

Life and work

After graduating from high school , Ulrike Höfken studied agriculture , economics and Romance studies at the University of Bonn , which she completed with a degree in agricultural engineering . Until her election to the Bundestag in 1994, she worked as a farmer and research assistant / agricultural engineer at the Rhineland Chamber of Agriculture, the University of Bonn, in research institutes, in the Bundestag and in the European Parliament.

Ulrike Höfken is Catholic, married and has three daughters.

Political party

After she had previously been involved in the environmental and third world movements, she became a member of the Green Party in 1989 .

From 1991 to 1994 she was the spokesperson for the Green Regional Association in Rhineland-Palatinate .

She is the spokeswoman for the Bitburg-Prüm district association of Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen.


From 1989 to 2000 Ulrike Höfken was a member of the district council of what was then the district of Bitburg-Prüm (today: Eifelkreis Bitburg-Prüm ), where she was chairman of the Green parliamentary group during this time .

From 1994 to June 8, 2011 she was a member of the German Bundestag . Ulrike Höfken has been consumer policy spokeswoman for the Bundestag parliamentary group Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen since 2002 . From 2002 to 2005 she was also the group spokesperson for agricultural policy. After the federal election in 2009 she was the spokesperson for food policy and agrogene technology.

From 2005 Ulrike Höfken was deputy political coordinator of the parliamentary group II Environment & Energy, Consumers & Agriculture, Transport & Construction, Tourism, Sport .

From 1998 to 2005 she was deputy chairman of the Committee on Food, Agriculture and Forestry (from 2001 of the Committee on Consumer Protection, Food and Agriculture). From 2006 to 2009 she was the chair of the Committee on Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection and since October 2009 she has been the vice-chair of this committee. She has also been a member of the Committee on European Union Affairs since 2009.

Ulrike Höfken has always entered the Bundestag via the Rhineland-Palatinate state list. On June 8, 2011, Ulrike Höfken resigned from her seat, and Tobias Lindner took her place in the Bundestag.

She is the official supporter of the surveillance-critical data protection demonstration Freedom Instead of Fear .

Web links

Commons : Ulrike Höfken  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Biography at the German Bundestag ( Memento from June 29, 2011 in the Internet Archive )
  2. ^ Demonstration of freedom instead of fear , list of supporters