Karen Ellemann

Minister for Social Affairs and the Interior

Karen Ellemann Kloch, born August 26th 1969 in Charlottenlund, daughter of former Minister for Foreign Affairs Uffe Ellemann-Jensen and secretary Hanne Ellemann-Jensen. Married to Kresten Kloch. Mother of two children, born in 1998 and 1999.


Member period

Member of Parliament for the Liberal Party in Greater Copenhagen greater constituency from November 13th 2007. Candidate for the Liberal Party in Brøndby nomination district from 2007.


Parliamentary career

Minister for the Environment and Minister for Nordic Cooperation from February 23rd 2010 to October 3rd 2011.
Minister of the Interior and Social Affairs from April 7th 2009 to February 23rd 2010.

Spokeswoman on social affairs from 2014, primary school and youth education 2011-2014, family policy, immigration and integration 2007-2009. Member of the Children's and Education Committee, the Social Affairs Committee, the Gender Eauality Committee, the Municipal Affairs Committee, the Immigration and Integration  Affairs Committe and the delegation to the Nordic Council from 2011. Member of the Social Services Committee, the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Immigration and Integration Affairs Committee 2007-2009. Deputy member of the Education Committee, the Health Committee and the Housing Committee 2007-2009.


Education and jobs

Trained as a school teacher, N. Zahles College of Education, from 2002 to 2004.
Matriculated, Holte Upper Secondary School, from 1986 to 1989.

Teacher, Rungsted School, from 2003 to 2007.
Self-employed journalist, from 1999 to 2002.
Day-to-day manager, Dagmar Theatre, from 1996 to 1999.
Head of Administration, Brinkmann Kommunikation, from 1995 to 1996.
Day-to-day manager, Scandinavian Models, from 1993 to 1995.
Consultant, The Voice, from 1990 to 1993.



Member of the municipal council in Rudersdal Municipality 2006-2009, chairwoman of the task committee during the municipal amalgamation in Rudersdal Municipality 2006, vice-chairwoman of the Children's and Education Committee 2007-2009, member of the Business and Employment Committee 2007-2009. Former chairwoman of the private foundation Elleslettegård. Former member of the continuation school management committee in Rudersdal Municipality. Former member of the management committee of 'Fonden for Social Ansvar' (The Fund for Social Responsibility) (including 'Natteravnene'). Former member of the management committee of 'Foreningen Østifterne'. Chairwoman of The Norden Association. Member of the board of 'Fonden Frie Børnehaver'.