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.