Herlind Gundelach

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Herlind Gundelach (2014)

Herlind Magdalena Gundelach (born February 28, 1949 in Aalen ) is a German politician ( CDU ). From 2008 to March 2011 she was Hamburg Senator for Science and Research. From November 29, 2010 to March 7, 2011, she was also Senator for Finance and for Urban Development and the Environment .

education and profession

After graduating from high school in Bonn , Gundelach began studying political science , history , philosophy and constitutional law at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn in 1968 , which she obtained with a doctorate in Dr. phil. finished. Parallel to her studies, she worked as press spokeswoman for the CDU social committees (CDA) in 1968/69 and from 1970 as a research assistant for various members of the Bundestag .

In 1981/1982 Gundelach worked as a consultant in the education and research working group of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group and from 1982 to 1984 as a personal assistant to the Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Minister for Education and Science Anton Pfeifer (CDU). Gundelach then switched back to the CDU / CSU parliamentary group and was there until 1987 managing director of the education and science working group. In 1988 she took on the position of head of department in the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and worked there until 1998.

Gundelach is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the German Foundation for Monument Protection , President of the Home and Environment Federation in Germany since 2000 and President of the Central Committee of Hamburg Citizens' Associations of 1886 rV (ZA Hamburg) since August 20, 2012 . She is also a deputy member of the Board of Trustees of the Federal Chancellor Helmut Schmidt Foundation .

She was also the initiator of the Hamburg cable car referendum - I'm for it! , which was rejected in August 2014 with 63.4 percent of the vote.

Public offices

Gabriele Beger and Herlind Gundelach.

After the state elections in Hesse in 1999 , Herlind Gundelach was appointed State Secretary in the Hessian Ministry for Environment, Agriculture and Forests . In 2004 Gundelach changed as State Councilor in the Ministry of Urban Development and Environment in Hamburg. During the construction of the coal-fired power station in Moorburg , she suggested the construction of a second power station unit after the energy company Vattenfall initially only wanted to build one. From May 7, 2008, Gundelach was Senator for Science and Research and thus President (Head of Department) of the Authority for Science and Research in Hamburg ( Senate von Beust III , from August 25, 2010 Senate Ahlhaus ).

After the break of the black-green state government, Christoph Ahlhaus's GAL senators were dismissed from their offices on November 29, 2010. Previously, Finance Senator Carsten Frigge (CDU) had resigned in connection with the party donation affair of the Rhineland-Palatinate CDU. On November 30, 2010, the remaining members of the Senate decided on a new division of responsibilities for the period up to the state elections in February 2011 . Gundelach took over the functions as President of the tax authorities and as President of the authority for urban development and the environment. After the constitution of the newly elected citizens and the election of Olaf Scholz ( SPD ), Gundelach resigned from her senatorial offices on March 7, 2011.


In the 2013 federal election , she entered the Bundestag via the Hamburg state list . She was also a direct candidate in the Bergedorf – Harburg constituency , but received fewer votes than Metin Hakverdi from the SPD .

Gundelach was a full member of the Committee on Economics and Energy. She was also deputy chair of the committee on culture and the media and deputy member of the committee on the environment, nature conservation, building and nuclear safety and deputy member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

In December 2016, Gundelach lost a campaign candidate for third place on the Christian Democratic state list for the 2017 federal election against former member of parliament Christoph de Vries . Gundelach was voted fifth on the list. The list caused criticism from the women's union because the CDU federal statute stipulates that at least one of the first three places goes to a woman. Gundelach lost 28.1% of the first votes to the SPD direct candidate Metin Hakverdi in the Hamburg-Bergedorf - Harburg constituency . While de Vries is third in the state list and is a member of the German Bundestag in the 19th electoral term , Gundelach did not receive a mandate in fifth place, but is the first to succeed in the event that a Hamburg CDU mandate holder leaves the Bundestag.

Party offices

Gundelach was district chairwoman of the CDU Hamburg-Mitte and deputy state chairwoman from 2012 to 2016.


Herlind Gundelach is divorced and has a daughter.

Web links

Commons : Herlind Gundelach  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. welt.de : Spokesperson for organized citizens - Herlind Gundelach new president of the citizens' associations , Olaf Dittmann, August 22, 2012, accessed on September 8, 2014.
  2. https://www.helmut-schmidt.de/die-stiftung/kuratorium-mitarbeiterinnen/ Bundeskanzler-Helmut-Schmidt-Stiftung
  3. Go forth pretty high zeit.de, August 23, 2014
  4. Hamburgers vote against Elb-Seilbahn faz.net, August 27, 2014
  5. ^ The Paradox von Moorburg welt.de, December 7, 2014
  6. CDU moves into the Bundestag election with men. (HTTPS) In: ndr.de. December 9, 2016, accessed December 14, 2016 .
  7. ^ André Zand-Vakili: Next Bundestag: Manuel Sarrazin in and Herlind Gundelach out. In: harburg-aktuell.de. September 25, 2017. Retrieved September 26, 2017 .