Sonja Steffen is a German lawyer and politician of the Social Democratic Party who has been serving as a member of the Bundestag from the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern since 2009.
Early life and educationBorn in Dreiborn, North Rhine-Westphalia, Steffen studied law at the University of Cologne.
Political careerSteffen became member of the Bundestag in the 2009 German federal election.
In parliament, Steffen is a member of the Committee on Legal Affairs and Consumer Protection; its Sub-Committee on European Affairs; the Committee on the Verification of Credentials and Immunities; and the Budget Committee. In her capacity as member of the Budget Committee, she has been serving as her parliamentary group's rapporteur on the annual budgets of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the Federal Ministry of Health.
In 2018, Steffen also joined the parliamentary body in charge of appointing judges to the Highest Courts of Justice, namely the Federal Court of Justice, the Federal Administrative Court, the Federal Fiscal Court, the Federal Labour Court, and the Federal Social Court.
In February 2020, Steffen announced that she would not stand in the 2021 federal elections but instead resign from active politics by the end of the parliamentary term.