Birgit Hesse

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Birgit Hesse, 2020

Birgit Hesse (born February 16, 1975 in Elmshorn ) is a German lawyer and politician ( SPD ). From 2014 to 2016 she was Minister for Labor, Equality and Social Affairs , from 2016 to 2019 Minister for Education, Science and Culture of the State of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and since May 2019 she has been President of the State Parliament of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.


education and profession

After graduating from the Elsa-Brändström-Schule in Elmshorn, Hesse studied law at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel and the Universiteit van Amsterdam from 1994 to 1999 . In 1999 she passed the first state examination and, after her legal clerkship at the Higher Regional Court of Celle, the second state examination in 2001. In 2002 she joined the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania State Police . In addition, she studied from 2002 to 2004 at the Police Leadership Academy in Münster and from 2003 to 2004 was the head of the Wismar police station . From 2004 to 2005 she was the traffic officer for the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

Hesse is married and has one child.


Hesse joined the SPD in 2007 .

In November 2005, Hesse was elected as an alderman and second deputy of the district administrator of the district of Northwest Mecklenburg. In the following district election on April 13, 2008, she prevailed with 65.0 percent of the votes against the CDU candidate Ulrich Born and took office on September 1, 2008. In the course of the district reform in 2011 , the district was expanded to include the previously independent Hanseatic city of Wismar . In the subsequent district election on September 4, 2011, she was confirmed in her office with 76.0 percent of the votes against the CDU applicant and mayor of the Lüdersdorf community, Erhard Huzel.

On January 14, 2014, Hesse was appointed as the successor to Manuela Schwesig (SPD) as Minister for Labor, Equality and Social Affairs in the state government of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania led by Erwin Sellering (SPD) . After the state elections in 2016, she was appointed Minister for Education, Science and Culture on November 1, 2016.

She has been a member of the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania state parliament since 2016 . In the state elections in 2016 , Hesse was directly elected in the constituency of Northwest Mecklenburg I with 38.5 percent of the first votes .

On May 22, 2019, she was elected as the successor to the incumbent Sylvia Bretschneider (SPD), who died on April 28, 2019, as the new President of the State Parliament.

Web links

Commons : Birgit Hesse  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

  1. ^ NDR: Hesse elected as the new president of the state parliament. Retrieved May 22, 2019 .

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