Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Education and Research
Thomas Rachel has been a Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Education and Research since November 2005. In this function, he supports the Minister in fulfilling her governmental duties, in particular in the parliamentary sphere. His priority topics at the Federal Ministry are the science system, higher education institutions and research organizations, key technologies and innovation strategies, bioethics and bioeconomy as well as energy and climate research. He is a member of the Senate of the Fraunhofer Society (FhG) and a member of the Board of Governors of the German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development (GIF).
Thomas Rachel has been a Member of the German Bundestag since 1994. He was spokesman on education and research policy of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group there from 1998 to 2005. As a directly elected Member of the German Bundestag, Thomas Rachel represents the constituency of Düren. He was vice-chairman of the commission of inquiry on Globalization of the World Economy, later also spokesman of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the commission of inquiry on Ethics and Law in Modern Medicine. For many years, he was vice-chairman of the German-Greek Parliamentary Friendship Group.
Thomas Rachel has been Chairman of the CDU Aachen district association since 2011. He has been Chairman of the CDU Düren-Jülich county association since 2012. Mr. Rachel has been involved in voluntary work from a young age, initially in youth work, later in local politics and the protestant church. Since 2000, Thomas Rachel has been a member of the Land Synod of the Protestant Church of the Rhineland, since 2003 a deputy member of the Synod of the Protestant Church of Germany. He has been Federal Chairman of the CDU/CSU Protestant Working Group (EAK) and as such a member of the CDU Federal Executive since 2003.
From 1986 to 1987, Mr. Rachel worked as an assistant for Matthias Wissmann, a Member of the German Bundestag. From 1992 to 2004, Thomas Rachel worked for the Steel Trade Association Düsseldorf.
Thomas Rachel graduated in 1992 with an M.A. in Political Science, History and Public Law at the University of Bonn with a fellowship from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. He obtained his Abitur at the Städtisches Gymnasium am Wirteltor in Düren.
Thomas Rachel was born in Düren on 17 Mai 1962. He is married and has one daughter.