Bertram Hilgen

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Bertram Hilgen at the Documenta (2017)

Bertram Hilgen (born February 9, 1954 in Tann , Fulda district ) is a German lawyer and politician ( SPD ). From 2005 to 2017 he was Lord Mayor of Kassel .


Bertram Hilgen and Margit Berghof-Becker during the move at the beginning of the festival week on the occasion of 1100 years Kassel , September 15, 2013

Hilgen completed a degree in law and political science in Marburg . After passing the second state examination in law, Hilgen began his professional career in 1980 in Kassel.

Bertram Hilgen has been married to former member of the Hessian state parliament Margit Berghof-Becker (SPD) since November 1, 2015 . Hilgen has a grown son.

Politics and profession

As an adviser to the then Lord Mayor Hans Eichel , he quickly won his trust and in 1986 took over the management of the legal office of the city of Kassel. In 1991 Hilgen followed the then newly elected Prime Minister Hans Eichel to Wiesbaden. On July 1, 1996, he returned to Kassel as district president in the Kassel administrative region . During his tenure as district president he pushed ahead with planning for the Autobahn 44 Kassel- Eisenach , advocated regionally coordinated waste disposal and the realization of the Kellerwald-Edersee National Park .

From 1999 to 2005, Bertram Hilgen was in charge of the municipal data center (KGRZ) in Kassel. In addition, he was one of two managing directors of the IT company ekom 21.

On February 27, 2005 Hilgen was able to prevail against incumbent Georg Lewandowski ( CDU ) in the runoff election in the mayoral elections in Kassel with 53.38 percent . On March 27, 2011, he was confirmed in direct election with 51.32% for a further term of six years in office. His successor Christian Geselle (SPD) will take office on July 22, 2017.

Hilgen is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Reading Foundation .

Web links

Commons : Bertram Hilgen  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Bertram Hilgen , in: Internationales Biographisches Archiv 33/2005 from August 20, 2005, in the Munzinger archive , accessed on August 26, 2010 ( beginning of article freely accessible)
  2. Frank Thonicke: Mayor Hilgen got married. In: November 3, 2015, archived from the original on March 5, 2016 ; Retrieved March 3, 2016 .
  3. Brief biography. In: Archived from the original on March 7, 2016 ; Retrieved March 3, 2016 .
  5. Board of Trustees. In: Retrieved May 24, 2016 .