Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel

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Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel
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Leader of the Social Democratic Party
Acting
In office
3 June 2019 1 October 2019
Servingwith Malu Dreyer
General Secretary Lars Klingbeil
Preceded by Andrea Nahles
Succeeded by Malu Dreyer
Leader of the Social Democratic Party in Hesse
In office
28 February 2009 1 October 2019
Preceded by Andrea Ypsilanti
Succeeded by Nancy Faeser
Deputy Leader of the Social Democratic Party
In office
14 November 2009 1 October 2019
Leader Sigmar Gabriel
Martin Schulz
Olaf Scholz (Acting)
Andrea Nahles
Manuela Schwesig (Acting)
Malu Dreyer (Acting)
Himself(Acting)
Preceded by Andrea Nahles
Succeeded by Anke Rehlinger
Member of the Hessian Landtag
In office
5 April 2003 1 October 2019
Personal details
Born (1969-10-01) 1 October 1969 (age 50)
Oberstdorf, West Germany
Political party SPD

Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel (né Schäfer, born 1 October 1969) is a German politician of the SPD.

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He is currently the leader of the opposition SPD party bloc in the Hessian state parliament. He lost his bid for the office of Minister-President of Hesse in the January 2009 Hessian state election, where he had challenged incumbent Roland Koch (CDU). [1] Schäfer-Gümbel has been deputy leader of the SPD since December 2013. He is one of three ad interim successors of former SPD leader Andrea Nahles in the transition phase until a new leader will be voted in later in 2019. [2]

Life

Schäfer-Gümbel was born to a West German soldier stationed in the far south of Bavaria in Oberstdorf. However, he grew up in Hesse in the city of Gießen. He briefly studied Agrarian Science at Justus-Liebig-University Gießen, after which he changed to Political Science. Supported by a scholarship of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, he graduated with a Master's degree in 1997, he took various minor political positions. He is married and has three children.

Career

Schäfer-Gümbel was involved with the Social and Youth department of Gießen from the late 1990s. He became a local adviser to the SPD, a party which he had joined at the age of 17, and was also a local delegate of the SPD in the local government (Kreistag) in Gießen. He quickly moved up the ranks in the Hessian SPD party machine, and was a candidate on the SPD party list during the 2003 Landtag election. He gained a seat in 2003, and has been a member of the Hessian Landtag ever since. He was re-elected in the 2008 Landtag election and in the 2009 special election; however he was elected as part of the party list and not on a direct mandate, as he lost his local race to the CDU candidate.

In late 2008, following a political crisis and Andrea Ypsilanti's resignation, Schäfer-Gümbel became the SPD's party leader in Hesse and the SPD candidate for minister-president of Hesse. However, the SPD fared poorly in the subsequent 2009 special election, which allowed the CDU's Roland Koch to remain in office. Schäfer-Gümbel has been party leader of the opposition SPD since 29 January 2009. Schäfer-Gümbel was a delegate to the Federal Convention for the purpose of electing the President of Germany in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2017.

In the negotiations to form a Grand Coalition of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU together with the Bavarian CSU) and the SPD following the 2013 federal elections, Schäfer-Gümbel was part of the SPD delegation in the working group on energy policy, led by Peter Altmaier and Hannelore Kraft. [3]

In March 2019, Schäfer-Gümbel announced that he would resign from active politics by the end of the year and instead join the management board of German development agency GIZ. [4]

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References

  1. "Germany's Ypsilanti Drops Race, Schaefer-Guembel to Lead Bid". Reuters. 8 November 2008. Retrieved 5 December 2008.
  2. "SPD: Schäfer-Gümbel, Schwesig, Dreyer sollen Partei kommissarisch führen - DER SPIEGEL - Politik". www.spiegel.de. Der Spiegel.
  3. Die SPD in den Arbeitsgruppen Social Democratic Party of Germany, press release of 23 October 2013.
  4. Susanne Höll (19 March 2019), SPD-Vize Schäfer-Gümbel verlässt die Politik Süddeutsche Zeitung .
  5. Bernd Westphal wird neuer Beirats-Vorsitzender beim Wirtschaftsforum der SPD Business Forum of the Social Democratic Party of Germany , press release of 7 June 2018.
  6. Members Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES).
  7. Organization Friends of the University of Giessen.