Gerda Hasselfeldt

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Gerda Hasselfeldt (2013)

Gerda Hasselfeldt (born Rainer , born July 7, 1950 in Straubing ) is a German politician ( CSU ).

From 1989 to 1991 she was Federal Minister for Regional Planning, Building and Urban Development and from 1991 to 1992 Federal Minister for Health . From 2005 to 2011 she was Vice President of the German Bundestag , from March 2011 to September 2017 she was chairwoman of the CSU regional group . On December 1, 2017, she was elected President of the German Red Cross by the DRK Federal Assembly.

Life and work

Gerda Hasselfeldt grew up in Haibach in the Bavarian Forest ( Lower Bavaria ) on a farm with a butcher's shop and an inn. Her father Alois Rainer (1921–2002) was mayor. Later he was also a member of the state parliament and from 1965 to 1983 the German Bundestag. Her younger brother Alois also became mayor and member of the Bundestag. After graduating from high school in 1969, Gerda Hasselfeldt completed a degree in economics at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich and the University of Regensburg , which she graduated in 1975 with a degree in economics. She then worked at the Federal Employment Agency until 1987 , most recently from 1985 as head of the career counseling department at the Deggendorf employment office .

Gerda Hasselfeldt is Catholic , has a second marriage to the former member of the Bundestag Wolfgang Zeitlmann and has two children.

Political party

Gerda Hasselfeldt joined the CSU in 1969 and was a member of the CSU state executive from 1989. From 1995 to 2005 she was chairwoman of the CSU district association Fürstenfeldbruck and from 1991 to 1995 state chairwoman of the women's union .

In August 2005 she was appointed to the competence team of the CDU / CSU for the early federal elections in 2005 for the areas of agriculture , consumer protection and the environment .

On July 18, 2009 Hasselfeldt was elected to the board of the CSU.


Gerda Hasselfeldt in the German Bundestag , 2014

Gerda Hasselfeldt was a member of the district council of the Regen district from 1978 to 1989, and the district council of the Fürstenfeldbruck district from 1996 to 2004 .

On March 24, 1987, she replaced Franz Josef Strauss , who had left the Bundestag, and was a member of the German Bundestag until 2017 . From 1998 to 2002 she was chairwoman of the finance working group and financial policy spokeswoman for the CDU / CSU parliamentary group . From 2002 to 2005 Gerda Hasselfeldt was deputy chairwoman of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group for consumer protection , food and agriculture , local politics and tourism .

On October 18, 2005 she was elected Vice President of the German Bundestag .

Gerda Hasselfeldt at the CSU party conference in November 2015

Gerda Hasselfeldt entered the Bundestag in 1987 via the Bavarian state list and thereafter always as a directly elected member of the Fürstenfeldbruck constituency . In the Bundestag election in 2005 it achieved 55.5%, in 2009 48.9% and in the Bundestag election in 2013 55.6% of the first votes .

As the successor to Hans-Peter Friedrich , who was appointed Interior Minister , she was elected as the first woman to chair the CSU regional group in the Bundestag on March 14, 2011 . On April 13, 2013, she was finally elected as the first woman to be the CSU's top candidate for a Bundestag election and thus led the CSU into the 2013 Bundestag election campaign. In the 2017 Bundestag election , she did not run for the Bundestag again.

Public offices

Federal Minister of Health Gerda Hasselfeldt (center) with representatives of the Federal Pharmacy Association, Bonn 1991

Speaking at a cabinet reshuffle was on 21 April 1989 as a Federal Minister for Regional Planning, Building and Urban Development in the by Chancellor Helmut Kohl led government appointed. After the federal election in 1990 , the strengthened FDP demanded this department for Irmgard Schwaetzer . Gerda Hasselfeldt was then appointed Federal Minister for Health on January 18, 1991 . On May 5, 1992, she resigned from this office. The reasons given were arguments with Chancellor Kohl and the charge that her most important advisor, Ministerialrat Reinhard Hoppe, worked as an agent for the Polish secret service.


Gerda Hasselfeldt has been the holder of the Bavarian Order of Merit since June 20, 2001 .

See also


  • Hannes Burger: Bundestag Vice-President Gerda Hasselfeldt . In: Michael F. Feldkamp (Ed.): The President of the Bundestag. Office - function - person. 16th legislative term. Olzog-Verlag, Munich 2007, pp. 179-188, ISBN 978-3-7892-8201-0 .
  • German Bundestag (ed.): Interior views of our parliament: The seventeenth German Bundestag. Berlin 2010, ISBN 978-3-930341-83-2 .
  • Ralf Frenzel (Ed.): Parliament is boiling. What politicians do ... Tre Torri Verlag, Wiesbaden 2007, ISBN 978-3-937963-70-9 .
  • Gerda Hasselfeldt: “Gerda you do it!” In: Ulrike Siegel (Ed.): No cattle - just no cattle. Personalities of our time remember their rural roots. Landwirtschaftsverlag, Münster 2007, ISBN 978-3-7843-3470-7 , pp. 44-52.
  • Gerda Hasselfeldt: Gerda Hasselfeldt, graduate economist and Vice-President of the Bundestag. "Restrained, but determined". In: Sister Angela Veit OSU (ed.): What has become of us. Former Ursuline high school students in Straubing tell. Verlag Attenkofer, Straubing 2010, pp. 106–116, ISBN 978-3-936511-80-2 .
  • Georg Paul Hefty : generalist . In: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. March 16, 2011, p. 10 ( online ).
  • Helmut Stoltenberg: Farewell to the presidium. Gerda Hasselfeldt - A woman leads the CSU regional group. In: The Parliament. No. 12, March 21, 2011, p. 11 ( online ( memento of October 5, 2013 in the Internet Archive )).

Web links

Commons : Gerda Hasselfeldt  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. My vita . Gerda Hasselfeldt. Archived from the original on September 9, 2017. Retrieved September 8, 2017.
  2. Preliminary result of the 2013 federal election . Retrieved December 4, 2013.
  3. Nico Fried: A woman follows Friedrich . In: Süddeutsche Zeitung . March 14, 2011. Retrieved September 27, 2011.
  4. ^ Gerda Hasselfeldt top candidate of the CSU for the federal election . CSU regional group. April 13, 2013. Retrieved September 4, 2013.
  5. Gerda Hasselfeldt stops in 2017 . In: Süddeutsche Zeitung . April 5, 2016. Retrieved February 28, 2017.
  6. The bucket is full . In: Der Spiegel . No. 19 , 1992 ( online ).