Claudia Roth was born in Ulm in 1955. She studied Theatre Studies at LMU Munich, worked as a dramaturge at several German theatres, and managed the rock band “Ton Steine Scherben”. In 1985, she became spokeswoman of the first parliamentary Green group in the Bundestag.

Four years later, she was elected to the European Parliament where, starting in 1994, she chaired her political group. In 1998, she was elected to the Bundestag. From 2001 to 2013, she additionally acted as chairwoman of her party, Bündnis 90/Die Grünen. Between March 2003 and October 2004, she acted as Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid at the Federal Foreign Office. In 2013, she was elected Vice President of the German Bundestag – a position she has held until today. Her political activities have always focused on human and civil rights, climate change, culture, and fighting racism.