After my graduation from Leibniz-Gymnasium in Buer and completing my military service in Essen and Barnstorf, I studied economic sciences and geography (Graduation as Diplom-Geograph). I have worked in various companies as project assistant, department head and general manager.
My political career started in 1989 as a member of the City Council of Gelsenkirchen. In 1995 I was elected as a deputy of the North Rhine-Westphalian Parliament. I was the Lord Mayor of the City of Gelsenkirchen from 1999 to 2004 and the Minister of Construction and Transport for the State of North Rhine-Westphalia from 2005 to 2009. Furthermore I was a deputy of the North Rhine-Westphalian Parliament from 2007 to 2010 and from 2012 to 2013. From 2010 to 2012 I was also Secretary General of the CDU North Rhine-Westphalia.
In 2013, I was elected into the German Parliament (Bundestag). From March 2018 till November 2019 he was Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. Additionally, I am Chairman of the Working Group Ruhr District of the CDU/CSU (Christian Democratic Union and the Christian Social Union). I am the Chairman of the CDU-Ruhr since 2008 and Chairman of the CDU-Gelsenkirchen since 2013.
I was born in 1966 and live in Buer-Bülse with my wife and our two sons.