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is a German
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politician of the German Green Party. Since 1994 she has been one of the vice presidents of the German parliament, the Bundestag
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She was born in Lübbecke
Lübbecke is a town in northeast North Rhine-Westphalia in north Germany. This former county town lies on the northern slopes of the Wiehen Hills and has around 26,000 inhabitants. The town is in the Eastwestphalian district of Minden-Lübbecke...
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) and studied theology. From 1971 to 1974 she worked as a pastor in Berlin-Wedding, later as a teacher in an adult education center. In 1985 she joined the Green Party, even though she already had been in the Bundestag since 1983 for that party. Due to the party principle of rotation
she had to give up the parliamentary seat in 1985, but was reelected in 1987 and again in 1994.