German Federal Minister of Health
Ulla Schmidt became the German Federal Minister of Health in 2001— and is now the longest serving person in that position in Europe.
She became a member of the German Bundestag in 1990 working in various policy groups advancing the equality of men and women and family policy.
Between 1985 and 1990, she was a special education teacher, focusing on the rehabilitation of children with learning disabilities and those who are otherwise difficult to educate.
During this time, she was also a member of the SPD party working for teachers of special education in the office of the Minister of Cultural Affairs of North Rhine-Westphalia.
She studied Psychology at RWTH Aachen University earning her degree and license to teach secondary school in 1974.