Erwin Sellering

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Erwin Sellering (2013)

Erwin Sellering (born October 18, 1949 in Sprockhövel ) is a German lawyer and politician ( SPD ). From October 6, 2008 to July 4, 2017, he was Prime Minister of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania . He resigned as a top politician because of cancer. Before that, he was Minister of Social Affairs from 2006 and Minister of Justice from 2000 to 2006 .

In December 2017, Sellering resumed his work as a member of the state parliament in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, but finally resigned his mandate in October 2019.

Life and work

Sellering comes from a Protestant-conservative family; his father was a presbyter and was involved in local politics as a long-time member of the CDU .

After High School on school forest road in Hattingen graduated Sellering a degree in law at the Ruprecht-Karls-University of Heidelberg , the University of Bochum and the Westphalian Wilhelms University in Münster , which he in 1975 with the first legal state exam ended. In 1978 he passed the second state law examination and was appointed judge on probation that same year . In 1981 he was appointed judge at the Gelsenkirchen Administrative Court . In 1994 Sellering became the presiding judge at the Greifswald Administrative Court . From January to November 1996 he was the head of the secretariat of the second parliamentary committee of inquiry of the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania state parliament for the second electoral period to the state parliament administration . Subsequently, in December 1996, he was appointed Vice President of the Greifswald Administrative Court.

From November 10, 1998 to June 30, 2000 he was seconded to the State Chancellery of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania as a department head .

His first marriage had two children. Erwin Sellering married a second time in 2010. In 2014 he became the father of a third child.

Political career

Political party

Sellering has been a member of the SPD since 1994. Since 1996 he has been a member of the SPD state executive in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and has been deputy SPD state chairman since 2003. From April 14, 2007 to July 2, 2017 he was chairman of the regional association. Manuela Schwesig was elected as his successor . Before that, Sellering was chairman of the SPD district association Greifswald and the SPD regional group Vorpommern .


Erwin Sellering in the plenary session of the state parliament, 2019

From the 4th electoral term (2002-2006) he was a member of the state parliament of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. In the 4th and 6th electoral periods (2011-2016) he moved into the state parliament of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania as a directly elected member of constituency 1, Greifswald . In the 5th electoral period (2006–2011) the entry into the state parliament was achieved through the state list . In the state elections on September 4, 2016, Erwin Sellering stood in the constituency of Schwerin I and won the direct mandate there . Sellering succeeded in entering the state parliament of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania in the 7th electoral period (2016–2021) as a directly elected member. Even after his resignation as prime minister, Sellering remained a member of the state parliament of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania until he waived his mandate in October 2019. His successor was Thomas Würdisch .

Public offices

State Minister in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (2000–2008)

On September 20, 2000, Sellering was appointed Minister of Justice to the state government of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania led by Prime Minister Harald Ringstorff . After the state elections in 2006, Ringstorff made him head of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health on November 7, 2006.

Prime Minister of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (2008-2017)

On October 6, 2008 Sellering was elected to the office of Prime Minister as the successor to the resigned Ringstorff. In the vote in the state parliament of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, he received 40 out of 45 possible votes from the coalition partners SPD and CDU. Sellering was able to successfully contest his first state election campaign as Prime Minister: In the 2011 election , the SPD recorded significant votes and again became the strongest party with 35.6%. On October 25, 2011 he was confirmed in office with 42 of 70 votes, two fewer than members of his coalition were present. On November 1, 2016, he was confirmed in office with 41 of 71 votes.

On May 30, 2017, Sellering announced that he would be stepping down from office as Prime Minister and SPD state chairman for health reasons. The reason for this is a lymphatic cancer disease . Sellering also proposed Federal Family Minister Manuela Schwesig as Prime Minister and SPD state chairwoman. She replaced Sellering as head of government on July 4, 2017.



In August 2017 Sellering was awarded the Russian Order of Friendship .

2018 Erwin Selle ring received from the hands of President Frank-Walter Steinmeier , the Federal Cross of Merit with Star and Sash .

See also


Web links

Commons : Erwin Sellering  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

  1. Stefan Ludmann: Sellering returns after illness. In: NDR . December 11, 2017. Retrieved December 17, 2017 .
  2. Ex-MP Sellering withdraws from politics. In: NDR . October 10, 2019, accessed October 28, 2019 .
  3. Erwin Sellering. In: . Archived from the original on August 31, 2014 ; accessed on May 30, 2017 .
  4. Printed matter 2/3573: Decision recommendation and report of the 2nd parliamentary committee of inquiry according to Article 34 of the constitution of the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania according to the decision of the state parliament of September 28, 1995 - printed matter 2/784. (pdf, 670 kB) Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania State Parliament, February 25, 1998, accessed on May 30, 2017 .
  5. ^ Prime Minister Sellering's romantic wedding. In: Welt Online . August 28, 2010, accessed May 30, 2017 .
  6. Young father again at 64! In: . August 3, 2014, accessed May 30, 2017 .
  7. ^ The members of the state parliament. Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania State Parliament, January 17, 2014, accessed on May 30, 2017 .
  8. Schwerin SPD sets course for super election year. SPD Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, September 30, 2015, accessed on February 27, 2016 . Sellering and Heydorn compete in Schwerin. Schweriner Volkszeitung (SVZ), September 30, 2015, accessed May 30, 2017 .
  9. Preliminary result constituency 8: Schwerin I. The state returning officer Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, September 4, 2016, accessed on September 11, 2016 .
  10. Sellering replaces Ringstorff as head of government. In: . October 6, 2008, accessed May 30, 2017 .
  11. Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: Sellering re-elected Prime Minister. In: Spiegel Online . October 25, 2011, accessed May 30, 2017 .
  12. Prime Minister Sellering resigns. In: , May 30, 2017, accessed May 30, 2017.
  13. Decree of the President of the Russian Federation dated August 21, 2017 N 388 “On Awarding the State Awards of the Russian Federation” (Russian)
  14. ↑ Awarding of the medal to the Prime Minister on, December 13, 2018