Born and raised in Eastern Germany, Angelika Krüger-Leißner studied History of art and history, before she worked as a specialist teacher for 13 years. Since the reunification she has been politically engaged and was head of the cultural, educational and social department of the Havelland district from 1990 to 1998.
From then on Angelika Krüger-Leißner was member of the Bundestag committee responsible for culture and media and since 2009 deputy chairwoman of the social committee. From 2005 onwards she held various positions e.g. member of the administrative board at the German Federal Film Board, member of the federal Film Commission, chairwoman of the german-french Film Commission, member of the preselection jury for the
From 2005 to 2013 Krüger-Leißner also acted as film-policy spokesperson for the SPD parliamentary group in the Bundestag and was member of the SPD Medienkommission, during which she published various articles and papers concerning german film funding. Jury member 2014, coordination of Jury work as well as jury member 2015 at the Filmfestival Kitzbühel.