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Horst Seehofer

Horst Seehofer
Minister-President of Bavaria
Assumed office
27 October 2008
Deputy Ilse Aigner[1]
Preceded by Günther Beckstein
President of Germany
Acting
In office
17 February 2012 – 18 March 2012
Chancellor Angela Merkel
Preceded by Christian Wulff
Succeeded by Joachim Gauck
President of the Bundesrat
In office
1 November 2011 – 31 October 2012
Preceded by Hannelore Kraft
Succeeded by Winfried Kretschmann
Chairman of the Christian Social Union
Assumed office
25 October 2008
Preceded by Erwin Huber
Federal Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection
In office
22 November 2005 – 27 October 2008
Chancellor Angela Merkel
Preceded by Renate Künast
Succeeded by Ilse Aigner
Federal Minister of Health
In office
6 May 1992 – 26 October 1998
Chancellor Helmut Kohl
Preceded by Gerda Hasselfeldt
Succeeded by Andrea Fischer
Personal details
Born (1949-07-04) 4 July 1949
Ingolstadt, Bavaria, Germany
Political party Christian Social Union
Spouse(s) Karin Seehofer
Children 4
Religion Roman Catholicism
Website Official website

Horst Lorenz Seehofer (born 4 July 1949) is a German conservative politician (CSU). He served as the Federal Minister for Health and Social Security from 1992 to 1998 and as the Federal Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection in the cabinet of Angela Merkel from 2005 to 2008. In October 2008 he became chairman of the CSU and Minister-President of Bavaria.[2]

He is married to Karin Seehofer.

Contents

  • Federal Minister and Member of the Bundestag 1
  • Minister-President in Bavaria 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Federal Minister and Member of the Bundestag

He has been a member of the Lower House of the German Parliament (Bundestag) in Germany since 1980. Horst Seehofer was Federal Minister for Health and Social Security from 1992 to 1998 in the cabinet of Helmut Kohl. He then became assistant chairman of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group of the Bundestag in October 1998. Because of his disagreement with flat-rate contributions (Gesundheitsprämie) to the federal health insurance he resigned from his post on 22 November 2004 but remained the assistant chairman of the CSU and kept his mandate. After joining the Bundestag Seehofer kept his mandate as a directly elected delegate (Direktkandidat) from his Constituency Ingolstadt. At the 2005 federal election he received 65.9 percent of the votes in his district. Seehofer was appointed Federal Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection in the cabinet of Angela Merkel and stayed in office from 2005 to 2008.

Minister-President in Bavaria

After his party lost more than 17% of the popular vote in the Bavarian state elections of 2008, incumbent Minister-President Günther Beckstein and Chairman of the CSU, Erwin Huber, announced their resignations.[3][4] Seehofer was quickly proposed as their successor. At a party convention on 25 October he was affirmed as the new Chairman of the CSU with 90% of the votes, and on 27 October he was elected Minister-President by the Landtag with votes from the Free Democratic Party, forming the first coalition government in Bavaria since 1962.

During the term 2011–2012, Seehofer served as President of the German Bundesrat. As such, he acted as Acting President of Germany between Christian Wulff's resignation on 17 February 2012[5][6][7][8][9] and the election of Joachim Gauck on 18 March 2012.

References

  1. ^ Kabinett Seehofer II
  2. ^ "Germany's Seehofer, Merkel Ally, Elected Bavarian State Premier". Bloomberg. 2008-10-27. Retrieved 2011-07-09. 
  3. ^ "Bavaria's CSU leader quits after election blow". Reuters. 2008-09-30. Retrieved 2011-07-09. 
  4. ^ "Second CSU leader quits, raising risks for Merkel". Reuters. 2008-10-01. Retrieved 2011-07-09. 
  5. ^ "Bundesratspräsident nimmt Befugnisse des Bundespräsidenten wahr". Bundesrat. 2012-02-17. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  6. ^ "President Wulff resigns".  
  7. ^ "Staatsoberhaupt Seehofer" (in German). Süddeutsche Zeitung. 2012-02-18. Retrieved 2012-03-20. 
  8. ^ "Horst Seehofer ist kommissarisches Staatsoberhaupt" (in German). Welt Online. 2012-02-17. Retrieved 2012-03-20. 
  9. ^ "Porträt: Seehofer kommissarisches Staatsoberhaupt" (in German). Zeit Online. 2012-02-17. Retrieved 2012-03-20. 

External links

  • Official Site of Seehofer
  • Official Bavarian government website Biography of Horst Seehofer (German)
Political offices
Preceded by
Gerda Hasselfeldt
Federal Minister of Health
1992–1998
Succeeded by
Andrea Fischer
Preceded by
Renate Künast
Federal Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection
2005–2008
Succeeded by
Ilse Aigner
Preceded by
Günther Beckstein
Minister-President of Bavaria
2008–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Hannelore Kraft
President of the Bundesrat
2011–2012
Succeeded by
Winfried Kretschmann
Preceded by
Christian Wulff
President of Germany
Acting

2012
Succeeded by
Joachim Gauck
Party political offices
Preceded by
Erwin Huber
Chairman of the Christian Social Union
2008–present
Incumbent
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