Klöckner first became known in 1995 when she was chosen as the German Wine Queen (Deutsche Weinkönigin). From 2002 to 2011 she was a member of parliament in the German Bundestag and, from 2009 to February 2011, she was a parliamentary undersecretary in the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection. Since 25 September 2010 she has chaired the Rhineland-Palatinate CDU party and, since March 2011, the CDU faction in the Landtag of Rhineland-Palatinate, the state parliament. She is also leading candidate of the CDU in the 2016 Rhineland-Palatinate state elections. Since 15 November 2010 she has been on the CDU's national Präsidium (executive committee) and on 4 December 2012 she was elected as one of the Deputy Federal Chairmen and -women of the CDU. Recently, she has been mentioned by the media a possible successor to Angela Merkel, alongside Ursula von der Leyen. After the 2017 election and the formation of a new Government on 14 March 2018 she became Federal Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection.