Frank-Walter Steinmeier (born 5 January 1956) is a German politician who has served as the Foreign Minister of Germany since 22 November 2005 in the Grand Coalition of Angela Merkel. On 21 November 2007, he replaced Franz Müntefering as Vice-Chancellor. In the first half of 2007 he was also President of the European Council. He is a member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), and on 7 September 2008, Steinmeier was designated as the candidate of the SPD for the office of Chancellor of Germany in the 2009 federal election.
Steinmeier was born in Detmold. Following his Abitur, he served his military service from 1974 until 1976. He then studied law and political science at the Justus-Liebig-Universität of Gießen. In 1982 he passed his first and 1986 his second state exam in law. He worked as scientific assistant to the professor of public law and political science at the Gießen university, until he obtained his doctorate of law in 1991.
Steinmeier is married and has one daughter.