Jens Spahn is a bank clerk and political scientist. Born in Ahaus, he was first elected to the German Bundestag in 2002, representing the Steinfurt I/Borken I constituency. He served as health policy spokesperson of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the German Bundestag from 2009 to 2015 and, from July 2015 to March 2018, as Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Finance. On 14 March 2018, he was sworn in as Federal Minister of Health.
Spahn joined the Young Union (youth section of the CDU/CSU) in 1995 and the CDU in 1997. He has been chairperson of the Borken county branch of the CDU since 2005. In 2012, he became a member of the Federal Executive Committee of the CDU and was elected to the party’s Presidium at the CDU’s federal conference in Cologne in 2014.
From 2013 to 2017, he served as chairperson of the German-Netherlands Parliamentary Friendship Group. He is the editor of the book "Ins Offene - Deutschland, Europa und die Flüchtlinge" (Into the Open – Germany, Europe and the Refugees) that was published in November 2015. Together with two physicians, he wrote the book "App vom Arzt – Bessere Gesundheit durch digitale Medizin" (App your health – the benefits of digital medicine), which came out in September 2016.