Dorothee Bär - Wikipedia

Dorothee Bär

Dorothee Bär (née Mantel; born 19 April 1978[1]) is a German politician of the Christian Social Union of Bavaria (CSU).

Dorothee Bär
Bär Dorothee 2017 by Christian Weber.jpg
Bär in 2017.
Minister of State for Digitization
Assumed office
14 March 2018
ChancellorAngela Merkel
Preceded byOffice established
Parliamentary State Secretary for Transport and Digital Infrastructure
In office
17 December 2013 – 14 March 2018
ChancellorAngela Merkel
MinisterAlexander Dobrindt
Christian Schmidt (Acting)
Preceded byAndreas Scheuer
Succeeded bySteffen Bilger
Deputy General Secretary of the Christian Social Union
In office
9 February 2009 – 1 February 2017
LeaderHorst Seehofer
Preceded byJoachim Herrmann (1998)
Succeeded byMarkus Blume
Member of the Bundestag
for Bad Kissingen
Assumed office
27 September 2009
Preceded byEduard Lintner [de]
Personal details
Born (1978-04-19) 19 April 1978 (age 42)
Bamberg, Germany
Political partyChristian Social Union of Bavaria
Spouse(s)Dr. Oliver Bär
Alma materFree University of Berlin

Early life and educationEdit

Dorothee Bär, grew up in Ebelsbach, Landkreis Haßberge where she still lives.[1] She finished high school in Grayslake, Illinois in 1996 and Franz-Ludwig-Gymnasium in Bamberg in 1999.[1]

Supported by a scholarship of the Hanns Seidel Foundation, Bär studied political science in several universities throughout Germany and received her diploma in 2005 from Otto-Suhr-Institut of the Free University of Berlin.[1] After her graduation, she worked as a journalist for several radio stations and newspapers.[1]

Political careerEdit

Bär started her political career in 1996 by joining the Young Union (JU), the youth organization of the CSU. In 1994 she became a member of the CSU. In 1999, she became a member of the Board of Directors of the Junge Union for the region of Lower Franconia. From 2001 to 2003, she served as the Chairperson of the Association of Christian Democratic Students (RCDS) of Bavaria.

Member of Parliament, 2002–presentEdit

Since the 2002 national elections, Bär has been a member of the German Parliament representing the Bad Kissingen electoral district (#248) which comprises three counties: Bad Kissingen, Rhön-Grabfeld, and Haßberge.[2] Between 2005 and 2009, Bär was a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs. Within her parliamentary group, she served as deputy spokesperson for foreign policy between 2008 and 2009, succeeding Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg.[3]

In November 2008 Bär was elected as the Deputy National Chairperson of the Young Union, under the leadership of chairman Philipp Mißfelder. In February 2009, she became the Deputy Secretary General of the CSU, serving alongside Secretary General Alexander Dobrindt under party chairman Horst Seehofer.

In the negotiations to form a coalition government following the 2009 federal elections, Bär was part of the CDU/CSU delegation in the working group on families, integration of immigrants and culture, led by Maria Böhmer and Hans-Joachim Otto. Between 2009 and 2013, she then served on the Committee on Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth as well as on the Committee on Cultural and Media Affairs.

In addition to her committee assignments, Bär was a member of the German-Korean Parliamentary Friendship Group and of the German-Swiss Parliamentary Friendship Group.[4]

State Secretary for Transport and Digital Infrastructure, 2014–2018Edit

In the coalition talks following the 2013 federal elections, Bär led the working group on digital policy; her co-chair was Brigitte Zypries of the SPD. In the third government under Chancellor Angela Merkel, she served as Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure under the leadership of Minister Alexander Dobrindt. In this capacity, she was also the government’s Coordinator for Freight Transport and Logistics.[5]

State Minister for Digitization, 2018–presentEdit

In the negotiations to form a fourth cabinet under Merkel following the 2017 federal elections, Bär again led the working group on digital policy, this time alongside Helge Braun and Lars Klingbeil. Following the formation of the new government, she was appointed to the newly established post of State Minister for Digitization at the Federal Chancellery.[6]

Together with Investor Frank Thelen she founded the German Innovation Council at the Federal Chancellery.[7]

Other activitiesEdit

Government agenciesEdit

Corporate boardsEdit

  • FC Bayern München, Member of the Advisory Board (since 2019)[8]
  • ÖPP Deutschland AG, Ex-officio Member of the Supervisory Board (2013-2017)
  • CNC Communications & Network Consulting, Member of the Board of Experts (2009–2013)
  • Quadriga University of Applied Sciences Berlin, (2009–2013)
  • Rhön-Klinikum, Member of the Advisory Board (2009–2013)
  • RTL Television, Member of the Program Committee (2009–2013)


Political positionsEdit

In June 2017, Bär voted against Germany’s introduction of same-sex marriage.[10]

Personal lifeEdit

Bär is married to lawyer and fellow CSU politician Oliver Bär. The couple has two daughters and a son.[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e Personal background information from her official website
  2. ^ a b Bundestag Archived September 30, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Georg Paul Hefty (November 11, 2008), Dorothee Bär: Die nächste Generation der CSU Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
  4. ^ German-Swiss Parliamentary Friendship Group Federal Assembly.
  5. ^ Dorothee Bär ist neue Koordinatorin für Güterverkehr und Logistik Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, press release of January 29, 2014.
  6. ^ Dana Heide and Dietmar Neuerer (March 5, 2018), Dorothee Bär ist für Seehofer die beste Lösung fürs Digitale Handelsblatt.
  7. ^ "Innovation Council konstituiert sich im Bundeskanzleramt". Startseite (in German). Retrieved 2019-05-20.
  8. ^ Margot Lamparter (March 8, 2019), Dorothee Bär neues Mitglied im Verwaltungsbeirat des FC Bayern Bayerischer Rundfunk.
  9. ^ Board of Trustees (2019-2022) Archived 2016-10-03 at the Wayback Machine International Journalists’ Programmes (IJP).
  10. ^ Diese Unionsabgeordneten stimmten für die Ehe für alle Die Welt, June 30, 2017.

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