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David Gill (civil servant)

David Gill (civil servant)

German civil servant and politician
David Gill (civil servant)
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Intro German civil servant and politician
Is Politician Jurist Lawyer
From Germany
Type Law Politics
Gender male
Birth 2 March 1966, Schönebeck
Age 55 years
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David Gill (born 1966) is a German civil servant and politician, currently serving as Secretary of State and head of the Bundespräsidialamt, the administration of the President of Germany. He was appointed on 19 March 2012 by President Joachim Gauck. He is a member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany.
He grew up in East Germany, where he initially studied theology, the only subject he was allowed to study. After the German reunification, he worked for the Federal Commissioner for the Stasi Records and became a close aide of Joachim Gauck, serving as his press secretary. In 1991, he was one of six individuals, one of them also being Gauck, who were awarded the Theodor Heuss medal by the Theodor Heuss Foundation, on behalf of the peaceful protesters of 1989 in then-East Germany.
In 1992, he left the Federal Commissioner's office to study law, and earned an LL.M. at the University of Pennsylvania in 1998. In 2000, he passed the second state examination, qualifying as a lawyer. He then worked as an adviser to the Federal Ministry of the Interior. From 2004, he worked for the Evangelical Church in Germany.
Following Gauck's nomination for President of Germany, Gill became head of his transition team and the designated head of the Bundespräsidialamt.
He is married to Sheila Gill, an American. They have two daughters.


  • (with Ulrich Schröter): Das Ministerium für Staatssicherheit: Anatomie des Mielke-Imperiums. Berlin: Rowohlt 1991 ISBN 3-87134-017-0; Taschenbuch (rororo 9369) 1993 ISBN 3-499-19369-8
  • Best Practice - Bericht aus der Praxis eines Informationsbeauftragten, in: Bettina Sokol (Hrsg.): Sommersymposium Informationsfreiheit Düsseldorf 2004, S. 51-69 Volltext

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