Julia Klöckner was appointed Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture in March 2018. She gained a M.A. in Political Science, Theology and Education from Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz and underwent a journalist trainee program. From 2002 to 2011 she was a member of parliament in the German Bundestag and, from 2009 to 2011, she was a parliamentary undersecretary in the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection. From 2011 to 2018, she was the Chair of the CDU parliamentary group in the Land parliament of Rhineland-Palatinate and Deputy Chair of the federal CDU.