Dr Helge Braun was born in Gießen in 1972. After obtaining his Abitur (higher-education entrance qualification) at Liebigschule Gießen and completing compulsory military service in Koblenz, he returned to Gießen where he studied medicine from 1994 to 2001, going on to work as a research assistant in the Department of Anaesthesiology, Intensive Care Medicine and Pain Therapy at University Hospital Gießen from 2001 to 2009. He completed his doctorate in 2007 on the topic “The impact of intraoperative tachycardia on the postoperative prognosis”. He was a member of the German Bundestag from 2002 to 2005 and then again from 2009. From 2009 to 2013 he served as parliamentary state secretary at the Federal Ministry for Education and Research, during which time he was responsible for issues concerning young researchers, research in the life sciences, general and vocational training and the internationalisation of education and research.
Since 2013 he has been serving as Minister of State to the Federal Chancellor, Federal Government Coordinator for Bureaucracy Reduction and Better Regulation and Federal Government Coordinator for Relations between the Federation and the Länder.