Julia Klöckner is a German politician of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and one of the party’s Deputy Federal Chairmen and -women. She has chaired the Rhineland-Palatine CDU party since 2010 and the CDU faction in the state parliament of Rhineland-Palatine CDU since 2011.
After studying political science, Catholic theology and education at the University of Mainz, she worked as a journalist at SWR television in Mainz, and from 2000 to 2002, she was the editor of the wine magazine weinwelt.
Klöckner was elected into the German Bundestag in 2002 as one of the secretaries of the Bundestag’s plenary sessions, and from 2009 to February 2011, she was a parliamentary undersecretary in the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection. Following the 2013 federal elections, Klöckner was part of the CDU/CSU team in the negotiations with the SPD on a coalition agreement for the third government of Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Recently, she has been mentioned by the media a possible successor to Angela Merkel, alongside Ursula von der Leyen. In addition, Klöckner is a member of the Broadcasting Council of the SWR, a member of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, and the patron of the Rhineland-Palatinate State branch of the German Association for Muscular Dystrophy.