| Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann |
(politician, deep state operative)
10 March 1958
|Alma mater||Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich|
|Member of||Federal Academy for Security Policy, German Atlantic Society|
|Party||Free Democratic Party|
She is a proponent of a militarist foreign policy.
Early life and career
Strack-Zimmermann studied journalism, political science and German language and literature at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU) and graduated with a Master of Arts degree. In 1986, she received her doctorate at the LMU with a thesis entitled Bilder aus Amerika: eine zeitungswissenschaftliche Studie über die USA-Berichterstattung im Zweiten Deutschen Fernsehen (ZDF) (Images from America: a newspaper science study on US reporting on ZDF).
From 1988 to 2008 Strack-Zimmermann worked for the medium-sized Nuremberg youth book publisher Tessloff. Later she was a freelance publishing house representative.
Career in local politics
From 2008 until 2014, Strack-Zimmermann served as deputy mayor of Düsseldorf, alongside mayor Dirk Elbers.
Deputy Chair of the FDP, 2013–2019
Following the election of Christian Lindner as chairman of the FDP in 2013, Strack-Zimmermann became one of his deputies. She served as part of the party's leadership until 2019, when she was succeeded by Nicola Beer.
Member of the German Parliament, 2017–present
During her first term from 2017 to 2021, Strack-Zimmermann served on the Defence Committee and the Committee for Construction, Housing, Urban Development and Local Authorities. During that time, she was her parliamentary group's spokesperson for defence policy and spokesperson for local government policy. Since 2021, Strack-Zimmermann has been serving as chairwoman of the Defence Committee.
In addition to her committee assignments, Strack-Zimmermann has been a member of the German delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly since 2018, where she is part of the Defence and Security Committee, the Political Committee, the Sub-Committee on Transatlantic Defence and Security Cooperation and the Sub-Committee on Transatlantic Relations.
In the negotiations to form a so-called traffic light coalition of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), the Green Party and the FDP following the 2021 federal elections, Strack-Zimmermann was part of her party's delegation in the working group on foreign policy, defence, development cooperation and human rights, co-chaired by Heiko Maas, Omid Nouripour and Alexander Graf Lambsdorff.
In her capacity as chair of the defense committee, Strack-Zimmermann visited Ukraine shortly after the 2022 Russian invasion with Michael Roth and Anton Hofreiter, the chairs of parliament's foreign relations and European affairs committees respectively.
- FDP-Vize Strack-Zimmermann verzichtet auf erneute Kandidatur Die Welt, April 14, 2019.
- Constanze von Bullion, Henrike Roßbach and Mike Szymanski (7 December 2021), Berliner Personalien: Neue Gesichter, unerwartete Namen Süddeutsche Zeitung.
- Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann NATO Parliamentary Assembly.
- Ampel-Koalition: Das sind die Verhandlungsteams von SPD, Grünen und FDP Deutschlandfunk, October 27, 2021.
- Paul Carrel (14 April 2022), Strains in German coalition as junior partners turn on Scholz over Ukraine Reuters.