Christian Wulff was born in Osnabrück, Lower Saxony, on 19 June 1959. From 1978 to 1980, he was a member of the National Executive of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU). From 1979 to 1983, he was also a member of the National Executive of the Junge Union, whose Lower Saxony section he led from 1983 to 1985.
A lawyer by profession, Wulff has been a member of the CDU Executive in Lower Saxony since 1984. From 1989 to 1994, he was leader of the CDU group in Osnabrück council.
In 1994 he stood for the first time for election to Lower Saxony's Landtag and became the directly elected member for Osnabrück-West. In the same year, he became the leader of the CDU parliamentary group in the Landtag and remained in this post until 2003. From 1994 to 2008 he was also the CDU chairman in Lower Saxony.
Since 1998 Christian Wulff has been CDU Deputy Federal Chairman.
Since March 2003, he has been Minister-President of Lower Saxony.
On 30 June 2010, the Federal Convention elected him Federal President in the third ballot.