Sigmar Gabriel is former Member of the German Bundestag in Berlin. Sigmar Gabriel has been politically active since 1976. Born in Goslar, he began his political career in a socialist youth organization and joined the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) in 1977. Two years later, Sigmar Gabriel became a member of the Trade Union for Public Services, Transport and Haulage (ÖTV), German Metalworkers’ Union IG Metall and the Workers’ Welfare Federal Association (AWO). Trained as a high school educator, he assumed various responsibilities in adult education and became a member of Lower Saxony’s parliament over the course of the 1980s. During the subsequent decade, among other positions, he held the post of Chair of the Environmental Committee of Lower Saxony’s parliament and was a member of SPD Executive Committee.
He served as Prime Minister of Lower Saxony from 1999 to 2003, and he has been a directly elected member of Germany’s Lower House of Parliament since 2005, taking over the post of Environmental Minister that same year. Additional posts followed in 2013: Federal Minister for the Economy and Energy (2013 and 2017) and Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2017 to 2018. In June 2019, Sigmar Gabriel was elected as Chairman of Atlantik-Brücke.