Elmar Brok has been member of the European Parliament since 1980. In almost all of his terms, he was member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and was Chair in 1999-2007 and 2012-2017. Today he is substitute member to the Delegation to the United States, where he is a member since 1985 and was Chair between 2009-2012. He was EPP representative at the European Parliament Intergovernmental Conferences on the Treaty of Lisbon, EU Constitutional Treaty (2003/2004), Treaty of Nice (2000), Treaty of Amsterdam (1996/97) and on the Council’s Reflection Group preparing the Maastricht Treaty.
In 1990 he was Chairman of the EPP in the Special Committee on German Unification. Between 1973-1983, he was Deputy Chairman of the Junge Union, Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Democrat Youth Committee of Europe from 1977 to 1981, Vice Chairman of the International Democrat Union from 1991 to 2003 and Founding Chairman of the International Democrat Youth Union.
He is co-chair of the Transatlantic Legislators´ Dialogue (TLD) of the European Parliament and the US Congress since 1999 and is Co-Chairman of TPN. He is Deputy Chairman of the World Association of Christian Democrat International (CDI), President of the European Union of Christian Democratic Workers (EUCDW), Chairman of the CDU Federal Committee on European Policy and Chairman of the board of the European Endowment for Democracy (EED). He is also Member of the CDU Federal Board; Member of the Executive National Council of the CDU NRW and Member of the party executive of the EPP and Co-Chairman of the EPP-foreign minister.
He studied at the Centre of European Governmental Studies (Edinburgh University) and was a journalist for a number of radios and newspapers.