|Leader of the CDU/CSU Group in the Bundestag|
|Assumed office |
25 September 2018
|First Deputy||Alexander Dobrindt|
|Preceded by||Volker Kauder|
|Member of the Bundestag |
for Gütersloh I
|Assumed office |
27 September 2009
|Preceded by||Hubert Deittert|
|Born||15 June 1968|
Wiedenbrück, West Germany
|Political party||Christian Democratic Union|
Education and early careerEdit
Brinkhaus was born on 15 June 1968 in Wiedenbrück, North Rhine-Westphalia, and grew up in Rietberg. After completing vocation training at Bosch and military services at Field Marshal Rommel Barracks, Augustdorf, he studied economics at the University of Hohenheim. He holds a degree in Economics and is qualified as tax advisor.
Early in his career, Brinkhaus worked at Deloitte in Hannover; Babcock Borsig in Oberhausen; as well as at Medion in Essen and Mülheim. In 2004, he eventually settled down as a tax adviser in Gütersloh.
Brinkhaus was elected member of the city council of Gütersloh in 2004, a position he held until 2012. From 2004 to 2009 he was the party group leader. In 2004 he became a member of the executive committee of the CDU at district level.
Brinkhaus has been a member of the German Bundestag since the 2009 elections, succeeding Hubert Deittert. From 2009 until 2013, he served on the Finance Committee, where he was his parliamentary group’s rapporteur on banks and insurances. From 2014, he was part of the group’s leadership under chairman Volker Kauder. In this capacity, he was the group's main spokesman for budgetary and financial issues.
In addition to his committee assignments, Brinkhaus chaired the German-Indian Parliamentary Friendship Group from 2014 until 2017. He has since been serving as the group’s deputy chairman.
Since 2016 Brinkhaus has also been the deputy head of the CDU in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany’s most populous state, under the leadership of chairman Armin Laschet. In the negotiations to form a coalition government under the leadership of Chancellor Angela Merkel following the 2017 federal elections, Brinkhaus was part of the CDU delegation.
Brinkhaus was elected CDU/CSU parliamentary group leader on 25 September 2018, with 125 votes from the parliamentary group members against incumbent Volker Kauder's 112 votes; at the time, the chairs of both CDU and CSU, Angela Merkel and Horst Seehofer, as well as Armin Laschet had already endorsed Kauder. Brinkhaus has since led the group with his co-chair from the CSU, Alexander Dobrindt.
- Institut Finanzen und Steuern, Member of the Board of Trustees
- Bungeroth, Matthias. "Im Porträt: Der Gütersloher Ralph Brinkhaus (MdB)". Regionale Politik (in German). Retrieved 2018-09-25.
- Guy Chazan (September 25, 2018), Merkel ally’s defeat highlights growing CDU hostility Financial Times.
- Members of the Coalition Talks with CSU and SPD CDU.
- "Ralph Brinkhaus zum Vorsitzenden der CDU/CSU-Bundestagsfraktion gewählt". CDU/CSU Group in the Bundestag. 25 September 2018. Retrieved 25 September 2018.
- (www.dw.com), Deutsche Welle. "Merkel ally sent packing in surprising parliamentary group leadership vote | DW | 25.09.2018". DW.COM. Retrieved 2018-09-25.
- WELT (2018-09-25). "Volker Kauder: Merkel-Vertrauer verliert überraschend gegen Ralph Brinkhaus". DIE WELT. Retrieved 2018-09-25.
- Diese Unionsabgeordneten stimmten für die Ehe für alle Die Welt, June 30, 2017.
- "Von Gütersloh nach Berlin: Ralph Brinkhaus: Profiteur der Unionskrise" (in German). Retrieved 2018-09-25.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Ralph Brinkhaus.|
- Official website (in German)
- Biography on the website of CDU/CSU in Bundestag (in German)
-  his voting history and questions answered at abgeordnetenwatch (in German)
- biography on the Bundestag pages (in German)
| Chairman of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group