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Dr. Rainer Sontowski, State Secretary of the Federal Foreign Office

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Dr. Rainer Sontowski, State Secretary of the Federal Foreign Office

Born 1959, married, one daughter

State Secretary Rainer Sontowski
State Secretary Rainer Sontowski© Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy/ Blumentritt

Curriculum vitae

1981 - 1989
Studies in political science and early modern and modern history at Hanover University; Master of Arts, 1987; Doctor of Philosophy, 1989

1987 - 1990
Research assistant to Karl‑Hermann Haack, Member of the German Bundestag

1990
Desk officer for the SPD parliamentary group in the German Bundestag

1990 - 1994
Desk officer for the SPD parliamentary group in the state parliament of Lower Saxony

1994 - 1996
Desk officer in the Minister’s Office at the Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs of Lower Saxony

1996 - 1998
Head of the Minister’s Office at the Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs of Lower Saxony

1998 - 1999
Head of the division for parliamentary and cabinet affairs, strategic ministry planning and general co‑ordination at the Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs of Lower Saxony

1999
Head of the division for political planning in the task force of the Head of the Federal Chancellery

1999 - 2002
Head of the office of SPD Chairman Gerhard Schröder in the SPD party executive

2002 - 2003
Director‑General responsible for representation of the Land of Lower Saxony to the Federation (DG 5) at the State Chancellery of Lower Saxony

2003
Head of the SPD parliamentary group in the state parliament of Lower Saxony

2003 - 2005
Director‑General responsible for press and public relations (DG 3) at the Press and Information Office of the Federal Government

2005 - 2009
Director‑General responsible for central administration and matters of environmental policy (ZG) at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety

2009 - 2013
Head of the office of SPD Chairman Sigmar Gabriel in the SPD party executive

January 2014 - January 2017
State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

Since January 2017
State Secretary of the Federal Foreign Office