Mayor Henriette Reker was born on 9th December 1956 in Cologne.

She is married.


Professional career

1962Started school at the Protestant Primary School in Cologne-Bickendorf
1975Graduated from the Liebfrauenschule in Cologne-Lindenthal with "Abitur"
(general university entrance qualification)
1976 until 1986Studied law
2nd state exam
1990 until 1992Professional Association of Wood and Metal Trades (BGHM) in Bielefeld
1992 until 2000Legal counsel for the State Association of Guild Health Insurance Funds, Münster
1996Admission as a lawyer to the District Court in Münster
2000 until 2010Deputy Mayor for Social Affairs, Health and Consumer Protection in the
city of Gelsenkirchen
2010 until 2015Deputy Mayor for Social Affairs, Integration and Environment in the city of Cologne
22 october 2015Mayor of the city of Cologne
27 september 2020Reelected as Mayor of the city of Cologne


In her function as mayor Ms. Reker is a member of numerous bodies, associations and clubs. Thus, she is chairwoman of the supervisory board of Koelnmesse GmbH and sitting member of the supervisory board of Stadtwerke Köln GmbH as well as the advisory boards of RheinEnergie AG and NRW.Bank and the board of Städtetag NRW.


In her limited spare time, Ms. Reker likes to cook. She also enjoys taking part in Cologne's myriad cultural offerings, in particular attending classical music performances and viewing art exhibitions at Cologne's many galleries. Many of Cologne's cultural events are a fixed part of her calendar, also the annual Rose Monday Parade and the many seasonal Carnival gatherings.