Dr Michael Schäfer became Secretary-General of the German Bundestag in September 2022. Previously, he was Head of the Bundestag’s Information and Documentation Directorate-General. He served as parliamentary secretary of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) parliamentary group in the German Bundestag from 2014 to 2021. From 2013 to 2014, he was Head of the Parliament and Cabinet Division at the Federal Foreign Office. From 1997 to 2013, Dr Schäfer worked at the German Bundestag in various capacities. He studied political science and has a Ph.D. in this field.