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Jens Spahn trained as a bank clerk and studied political sciences. Born in Ahaus in 1980, he was first elected to the German Bundestag in 2002, representing the Steinfurt I/Borken I constituency. He was health policy spokesman of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the Bundestag from 2009 to 2015 and has been parliamentary state secretary at the Federal Ministry of Finance since 3 July 2015.
Spahn joined the Young Union (youth section of the CDU/CSU) in 1995 and the CDU in 1997. He has been chairman of the Borken county branch of the CDU since 2005. He became a member of the federal executive committee of the CDU in 2012 and was elected to the CDU’s leadership at the party’s federal conference in Cologne in 2014. As chairman of the German-Netherlands Parliamentary Friendship Group, Spahn is involved in promoting good cross-border relations between the two countries. In November 2015, the book Ins Offene - Deutschland, Europa und die Flüchtlinge (Into the open – Germany, Europe and the refugees) was published, of which he is the editor. Together with two physicians, he wrote the book App vom Arzt – Bessere Gesundheit durch digitale Medizin (App your health – the benefits of digital medicine), which came out in September 2016.
Photo Credit: Maximilian König