Parliamentary State Secretary Thomas Silberhorn assists the Federal Minister of Defence in the parliamentary and political representation of the interests of the Directorates-General concerned with equipment, including international armaments policy, planning, budget and controlling, legal affairs, infrastructure, environmental protection and services. He represents the Federal Minister of Defence in the corresponding committees of the German Bundestag, in particular in the Budget Committee and Audit Committee.
Date and place of birth: 12 November 1968 in Kemmern, Administrative District of Bamberg; Catholic; married; two sons.
1987 Attainment of qualification for higher education; law studies in Erlangen, Munich and Bayreuth; 1992 First State Examination in law; 1992 to 1994 Junior lawyer in Bamberg, Bayreuth, Paris and Brussels; 1994 Second State Examination in law.
1994 to 2000 Academic assistant at Bayreuth University; since 2001 Lawyer (dormant).
1985 to 2003 Member of the Young Union; since 1987 Member of the Christian Social Union (CSUChristlich-Soziale Union); 1998 to 2002 Member of the Federal Executive Board of the Young Union; since 2009 Chairperson of the CSUChristlich-Soziale Union Bamberg-Land Regional Chapter; since 2005 Deputy Chairperson of the CSUChristlich-Soziale Union Oberfranken District; Member of the CSUChristlich-Soziale Union Executive Committee; since 2002 Member of the Bamberg District Council.
Since 2002 Member of the German Bundestag. 2005 to 2013 CSUChristlich-Soziale Union Spokesperson in the German Bundestag for Foreign Affairs, Defence, European Union Affairs, Economic Cooperation and Development, Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid; 2009 to 2013 Spokesperson in the CDUChristlich Demokratische Union/CSUChristlich-Soziale Union Parliamentary Group in the Committee on Legal Affairs of the German Bundestag; 2014 Deputy Chairperson of the CDUChristlich Demokratische Union/CSUChristlich-Soziale Union Parliamentary Group for Interior Affairs, Law and Consumer Protection; 2014 to 2018 Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development. Since 2018 Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Defence.