Katja Kipping

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Katja Kipping
File:DIE LINKE Bundesparteitag Mai 2014 Kipping, Katja.jpg
Katja Kipping in 2014
Chairperson of The Left
Assumed office
2 June 2012
Serving with Bernd Riexinger
Preceded by Gesine Lötzsch, Klaus Ernst
Member of the Bundestag
for Saxony (list)
Assumed office
Member of the Landtag of Saxony
In office
Personal details
Born (1978-01-18) 18 January 1978 (age 44)
Dresden, East Germany
Citizenship German
Political party The Left
Alma mater Dresden University of Technology

Katja Kipping (born 18 January 1978 in Dresden) is a German politician who is chairperson of the Left Party and a member of the Bundestag (German Parliament).

Early life and career

After completing her Abitur in 1996 at Annen-Gymnasium, located in Dresden, Katja Kipping spent a voluntary social year in Gatchina, Russia. Following this, she completed a degree in Slavic studies with a minor in American studies and public law at the Dresden University of Technology, from which she obtained her Master of Arts degree in 2003.

Katja Kipping currently lives in Berlin and Dresden,[1] is married, and has a daughter.


Kipping was heavily involved at the start of her studies at the Dresden University of Technology with the so-called Protestbüro (bureau of protest), and became a member of the Party of Democratic Socialism (PDS), the forerunner of today's Left Party, in 1998. From July 2003, she was Deputy Chairperson of the PDS, focusing on the party's "social agenda" and "contact with social movements". She was a principal proponent of a united pan-German Left political party, and on 16 June 2007, she was elected to be Deputy Chairperson of the Left Party. Five years later, delegates at the 3rd national party conference on 2 June 2012, overwhelmingly elected her to be national party chairperson, with 67% of the vote. Since then, she has represented the party along with Bernd Riexinger.[2][3] On 10 May 2014 she was reelected, along with Bernd Riexinger as chairperson of The Left by a national party conference.[4]

Member of parliament

Katja Kipping was a town councillor in Dresden from 1999 until 2003. From September 1999 to 2004, she was a delegate in the Saxony state parliament, in which she was spokeswoman for traffic and energy policy.[citation needed]

Since 2005, Kipping has been a member of the German Parliament for the Left Party. She was listed as the lead candidate on the state-level party list in Saxony.

In the Parliament, the self-declared Hartz-IV opponent is the social affairs spokesperson for the Left. For years, she has championed the idea of a national basic income guarantee. Her home constituency is in Dresden.

From 25 November 2009 until 26 September 2012 she was the Chair of the Committee on Labor and Social Affairs in the German Parliament.[5]

Social offices

From December 2004 until April 2008, Katja Kipping was spokesperson for the Basic Income Network. She left that role in favor of working on the magazine Prague Spring. Together with Caren Lay and Julia Bonk, she was one of the initiators of the Emancipatory Left, an internal caucus of the Left Party that espouses libertarian socialist ideals.

In December 2007 Kipping joined together with members of both the federal parliament and the state parliament of Saxony for a demonstration in support of the Rote Hilfe e.V., a far-left prisoner support group.[6]

Other activities

Katja Kipping is the editor of the Prager Frühling ("Prague Spring") magazine. The "magazine for freedom and socialism", as its subtitle states, has run since May 2008.

Kipping is also a founding member of the Institute of Modern Solidarity, a left-oriented think tank.[7]


External links


  1. Sächsische Zeitung vom 28. Dezember 2012
  2. Kipping und Riexinger führen tief zerstrittene Linke Spiegel Online, 2. Juni 2012. Abgerufen am 3. Juni 2012
  3. Wahl des Parteivorstandes. Die Linke, 2. Juni 2012. Abgerufen am 3. Juni 2012
  4. http://www.die-linke.de/partei/organe/parteitage/berliner-parteitag-2014/wahl-des-parteivorstandes/
  5. bundestag.de
  6. Rote Hilfe e. V. - Bundestagsabgeordnete der Fraktion DIE LINKE im Bundestag treten der Roten Hilfe bei – die anderen Mitglieder der Bundestagsfraktion waren Sevim Dagdelen, Nele Hirsch und Michael Leutert, aus dem sächsischen Landtag Julia Bonk und Freya-Maria Klinger
  7. Institut Solidarische Moderne: Gründungsmitglieder