Vandreck was born in Donderstad to Louisa Herman and Josef Vandreck. He joined the CDU in 1985, and is the party chairman. Vandreck ran for president in 1990, 1996, 2002 Presidential Elections and 2008, but lost out to the SDP's candidates in all.
Vandreck was chosen as deputy leader of the CDU leading up to the 2005 election, where a successful campaign saw his party finished with the plurality of votes and seats, and end eight years of the Ines Michels grand coalition government. He was named Minister of Justice, and over the next four years helped push an agenda of limiting judicial interference in congress (and vice versa). A number of people in the media and political experts began to see vandreck as a better orator and public figure compared to the Prime Minister, and in particular received much praise in the Grijzestad newspaper De Waarheid, which would be a massive supporter of vandreck over the following years.
In the lead up to the 2013 General Elections, he was criticized by Social Democratic Party officials, who pointed out that he voted against several progressive economic bills that were supported by most other parties. Nevertheless, his approval rating and CDU favorability remained quite high, especially after the Henneman Scandal, which tarnished President Gert Henneman's public image.
Vandreck was criticized by several younger and newer members of the CDU for a perceived <<terrible campaign>> following the 2013 vote. That said he refused to back down as leader, and many prominent members publicly backed him to remain. Leading up to the 2017 general election, Vandreck said the CDU would perhaps try and work with the Free Liberal Party or other moderates in order to form a government. Interestingly, De Waarheid, long a backer of his views called him a <<tired old dog>> and compared his leadership now with a sea captain leading his vessel on a sinking course. A scathing editorial by senior writer Bert Winters (10 March 2017) said that he was no longer capable of restoring the parties hopes and should resign. In turn he accused De Waarheid of succumbing to petty populism and the alt-right wave.