Bärbel Zieling

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Bärbel Zieling , b. Unseld (born December 31, 1949 in Duisburg - Meiderich ) is a German politician ( SPD ). From 1997 to 2004 she was mayor of the city of Duisburg.


After graduating from the Käthe-Kollwitz-Gymnasium in Ruhrort in 1968 , Zieling studied social sciences , psychology and education at the Ruhr University in Bochum . She then worked as a high school teacher . Until 1997 she worked full-time as a teacher at the vocational school in Dinslaken , most recently as a senior teacher.

Zieling joined the SPD in 1972. She was a member of the Hamborn district council from 1975 to 1979 and was first elected to the City Council of Duisburg in 1979, to which she belonged until 1997. From November 1981 to April 1988 she was first deputy chairwoman, then until June 1997 chairwoman of the SPD city council group. From 1994 she was mayor and deputy to mayor Josef Krings .

In July 1997, Zieling was elected honorary mayor of the city of Duisburg to succeed Krings. After the local elections in 1999 and the abolition of the dual leadership (office of senior city director ), she won the direct election as full-time mayor against the non-party candidate Gernot Born, who was nominated by the CDU . She was not re-elected in the Mayor election in October 2004. She was defeated in a runoff election with less than 40% of the votes to the CDU candidate, Adolf Sauerland .

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  1. Norbert Beleke (Ed.): Who is who? The German who's who. 42nd edition. Schmidt-Römhild, Lübeck 2003, p. 1582.