|Spouse of the President of Germany|
|Assumed role |
19 March 2017
|Preceded by||Daniela Schadt|
14 January 1962
Weidenau, West Germany
Büdenbender attended intermediate secondary school in Siegen, after which she trained as an industrial clerk at a company in the machine building industry in Siegen. In 1982 she attended Siegerland College in Siegen and then worked as a clerk at a logistics company. In 1985, she began her degree in law at Justus Liebig University in Giessen, where she passed her first state law examination in 1991.
From 1987, Büdenbender worked as a student assistant and later as a research assistant to Professor Brun-Otto Bryde at the Chair of Public Law. She completed her practical legal training at Hanover Regional Court in 1994, when she passed her second state law examination.
Thereafter, Büdenbender worked as a judge at Hanover Administrative Court. She has been a judge at Berlin Administrative Court since 2000. She is currently on long-term leave in order to devote her time to being the first lady.
- German-Israeli Future Forum, Member of the Board of Trustees
In 1995 Büdenbender married Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who was elected as the twelfth President of the Federal Republic of Germany on 12 February 2017. They have one daughter. On 24 August 2010, she received a kidney transplant that was donated by her husband.
- Denmark: Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the Dannebrog (19 November 2021)
- Finland: Grand Cross of the Order of the White Rose of Finland (17 September 2018)
- Iceland: Grand Cross of the Order of the Falcon (16 June 2019)
- Italy: Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (17 September 2019)
- Latvia: Commander Grand Cross of the Order of the Three Stars (19 February 2019)
- Netherlands: Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the Crown (5 July 2021)
- Spain: Dame Grand Cross of the Order of Isabella the Catholic (11 October 2022)
- Sweden: Commander Grand Cross of the Royal Order of the Polar Star (7 September 2021)
- "www.bundespraesident.de: Der Bundespräsident / Elke Büdenbender". www.bundespraesident.de. Retrieved 2017-05-30.
- Sauerbrey, Anna (2017-04-06). "Germany's First Lady Problem". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-05-30.
- Board of Trustees German-Israeli Future Forum.
- Transplantation - Steinmeiers Nierenspende ist geglückt
- Sito web del Quirinale: dettaglio decorato.
- "Par Triju Zvaigžņu ordeņa piešķiršanu - Latvijas Vēstnesis".
- Boletín Oficial del Estado