Armin Laschet was born on February 18, 1961, in Aachen, Germany. He grew up in a political family - his father was a politician and served as the mayor of Aachen. This early exposure to politics sparked an interest in Laschet, leading him to pursue a career in the field.

Laschet studied law at the University of Munich and later completed his legal clerkship at the Higher Regional Court of Cologne. During his time at university, he also became involved in student politics, demonstrating his passion for public service.

Political Career

After completing his education, Laschet joined the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party and began building his political career. In 1994, he was elected as a member of the North Rhine-Westphalia state parliament. Over the years, Laschet held various positions within the CDU and rose through the ranks.

In 2005, Laschet became a Minister without Portfolio in the Cabinet of North Rhine-Westphalia under Minister-President Jürgen Rüttgers. He then took on additional responsibilities as Minister for Federal Affairs, Europe and Media in 2010.

In 2017, after winning an internal party election against other candidates, Laschet became the chairman of CDU North Rhine-Westphalia - one of Germany's largest regional branches.

Minister-President of North Rhine-Westphalia

In June 2017, Armin Laschet succeeded Hannelore Kraft as Minister-President (or governor) of North Rhine-Westphalia - Germany's most populous state. As leader of this industrialized region with significant economic power within Germany and Europe, Laschet has implemented various policies towards sustaining growth while prioritizing environmental protection.

Under Lachet's leadership, North Rhine-Westphalia has seen improved infrastructure development projects like expanding transportation networks, promoting renewable energy initiatives, and supporting innovation in industries such as manufacturing and digital technologies.

Chancellor Candidacy

In January 2021, Armin Laschet was announced as the CDU's candidate for the position of German Chancellor in the upcoming federal elections. This marked a significant milestone in his political career.

Laschet's candidacy builds upon his experience as a regional government leader alongside his party leadership roles. His platform focuses on economic stability, environmental sustainability, and continuity within Germany's international relations.

Personal Life

Armin Laschet is married to Susanne Malangré and they have three children together. Outside of politics, Laschet is known for his love of literature and poetry. He has published several books and articles throughout his career covering various topics such as Europe, education, and democracy.

As a politician deeply rooted in the region he represents, Armin Laschet continues to work towards shaping Germany's political landscape while ensuring social progress and economic development for its citizens.