Name: Arne Gericke
Party: Freie Wähler
Gericke was born in in Hamburg in 1964 but grew up in Papua New Guinea until 1979 when he returned to Germany. He is married and has seven children (four of his own and three adopted). In 2004 he quit his job and became an orator and pastor in order to have more time for the family. Politically, he wants to ensure that educational work (the work of raising children at home) is recognized as gainful employment. He stands for a family-friendly business, instead of a business-friendly family.
In 2014 he was elected for the first time Member of the European Parliament and he is member of the EMPL Committee on Employment and Social Affairs and DACP Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly. Furthermore he is substitute in the FEMM Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality, DROI Subcommittee on Human Rights and DASE Delegation for relations with the countries of Southeast Asia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).