Brigitte Zypries is the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy of Germany with a special responsibility in the fields of IT policy and foreign trade. In addition, she is the Federal Government Coordinator of German Aerospace Policy. From 2002 to 2009, Brigitte Zypries was Federal Minister of Justice. Since 2005, she has served as a directly elected member of the Bundestag for the constituency of Darmstadt, Hesse. Before 2002, she was State Secretary to the Federal Ministry of the Interior in Berlin, after starting her political career at the State Government of Lower Saxony.