1958 – Born on the 24th of March in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
1979 – He became the youngest person to hold the office of chair of the CDU youth group in the Main-Taunus district.
1983 – 1987 – He was vice-chair of the federal youth organization of the CDU.
1985 – He completed his studies to become a lawyer.
1987 – He was elected to the legislature of Hesse.
1989 – 1997 – He was also a member of the Main-Taunus district council and parliamentary leader of the CDU group.
1991 – 1983 – Became vice-chair of the CDU parliamentary group.
1993 – He was a city council member in his hometown of Eschborn.
1998 – He has also been chair of the Hessian state party.
1999 – He has been prime minister of Hesse.
2003 – In the state elections, he received the best result that the CDU ever had in Hesse.
2006 – Since November, he is vice chief of CDU.