- born 1975 in Amberg, Germany, married, 2 children
Member of the European Parliament since 2009
- since 2002: held different positions in local politics at SPD Amberg, Germany
- since 1999: Member of Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschland (SPD)
- 1996 - 2009: held different positions at Allgemeine Ortskrankenkasse (AOK)
- 2005: Business Administrator in health insurance
- 1996: Industrial Clerk
- ver.di (German United Services Trade Union)
- AWO (National workers' welfare association)
- Rail Forum Europe
- "Gemeinsames Leben und Lernen e.V."
- Europa Union
- Action alliance "Bunt statt braun"
- "Schule ohne Rassismus"-sponsor for the Franz-Xaver-von-Schönwerth junior high school Amberg
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