Hermann Gröhe

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Hermann Gröhe (2017)

Hermann Gröhe (born February 25, 1961 in Uedem ) is a German politician ( CDU ) and was Federal Minister of Health in the Merkel III cabinet from December 2013 to March 2018 .

Gröhe was Federal Chairman of the Junge Union from 1989 to 1994 , has been a member of the German Bundestag since 1994 and was Minister of State for Chancellor Angela Merkel from October 2008 to October 2009 . On October 28, 2009 he was elected Secretary General of the CDU in Germany by the CDU federal executive committee. He held this post until his appointment as Federal Minister in December 2013. Since March 20, 2018, he has been deputy chairman of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group and since June 6, 2018, he has also been a member of the “Reliable Generation Contract” pension commission set up by the federal government. . Since January 30, 2019, he has been co-chair of the mediation committee of the Bundestag and Bundesrat. Its co-chair is Manuela Schwesig (SPD), Prime Minister of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.



After graduating from the Quirinus-Gymnasium in Neuss in 1980 , Gröhe studied law at the University of Cologne , which he completed in 1987 with the first state examination in law. He then worked until 1993 as a research assistant or research assistant with Martin Kriele at the seminar for state philosophy and legal policy at the University of Cologne. After completing his legal clerkship , he also passed the second state examination in 1993. He has been admitted to the bar since 1994 . His admission to the bar has been suspended since his appointment as Federal Minister of Health in December 2013.

Party career

Hermann Gröhe on a poster of the Junge Union 1990

Gröhe joined the Junge Union as a student in 1975 and the CDU in 1977. First he was from 1983 to 1989 chairman of the JU district association Neuss. From 1989 to 1994 he was federal chairman of the Junge Union. From 2001 to 2009 he was chairman of the CDU in the Rhine district of Neuss .

Hermann Gröhe is a guest on the state executive committee of the CDU North Rhine-Westphalia.

On October 24, 2009, the CDU federal executive nominated Gröhe unanimously as acting CDU general secretary, which was confirmed by the federal committee on March 21, 2010. He thus succeeded Ronald Pofalla , who moved to the black and yellow government of Chancellor Angela Merkel as Minister of the Chancellery. In November 2014, Gröhe again applied to succeed Ronald Pofalla in a party office. In the election for the chairmanship of the powerful CDU district association Niederrhein, however, he was defeated by Günter Krings , who received three more votes.

In December 2014, Gröhe had the prospect of moving into the CDU presidium in the second ballot. However, he withdrew his candidacy on the grounds that a quota for women should be maintained. For it was Emine Demirbüken-Wegner selected. He is an elected member of the CDU federal executive committee . In addition, Gröhe was one of the co-founders of the so-called (black-green) pizza connection . Regarding the group that existed at the time, Gröhe once said: "I was invited to weddings by green friends when some in the CDU still thought that the Greens would never get married."

In the 19th German Bundestag , Gröhe is a full member of the mediation committee and a deputy member of the committee for labor and social affairs and the committee for economic cooperation and development .

Member of Parliament

Hermann Gröhe in 2014 as the main speaker at the 13th Political Ash Wednesday of the CDU in Recke

From 1984 to 1989 and again from 1993 to 1994 Gröhe belonged to the district council of the Rhein-Kreis Neuss.

He has been a member of the German Bundestag since 1994 . From 1994 to 1998 he was spokesman for the young group of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group . Subsequently, until 2005 he was chairman of the group's working group on human rights and humanitarian aid . From 2005 to 2008 he was legal advisor for the CDU / CSU parliamentary group. In spring 2006 he was appointed spokesman for the CDU / CSU parliamentary group in the committee of inquiry into the events of the secret services in Iraq. Hermann Gröhe entered the Bundestag in 1994 and 2002 via the state list of North Rhine-Westphalia and otherwise always as a directly elected member of the Neuss I constituency . In the 2009 Bundestag election he received 47.8% of the first votes ( 2005 : 47.7%). In the 2013 federal election , Gröhe was once again able to win the constituency directly and improved its result to 51.6% of the first votes. On February 6, 2017, Gröhe was unanimously proposed by the state executive as the top candidate of the CDU NRW for the 2017 federal election and confirmed by the state delegates' assembly on February 18 with 98.7%. In the 2017 federal elections, Gröhe was again elected directly to the Bundestag for Neuss, Dormagen, Grevenbroich and Rommerskirchen with 44.0% of the first votes. On March 20, 2018, Gröhe was elected deputy chairman of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group in the German Bundestag. At the same time, Gröhe became Franz Josef Jung's successor "Commissioner for Churches and Religious Communities" of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group in the German Bundestag.

Public offices

On October 1, 2008, Gröhe succeeded Hildegard Müller as Minister of State to the Federal Chancellor ( Merkel I cabinet ). After being elected as CDU general secretary, he resigned in October 2009.

On December 17, 2013, Gröhe was appointed Federal Minister of Health in the Merkel III cabinet by Federal President Joachim Gauck . Gröhe held this office until March 2018.

Positions and Criticism

In an interview with FAZ (published January 20, 2014), Gröhe spoke out in favor of a ban on all forms of organized assisted suicide .

Gröhe has announced that it will shorten the waiting time for specialist appointments for those with statutory health insurance and found a new quality institute with which the treatment success of clinics and practices can be better compared.

In 2014, Gröhe refused to dispense the “ morning-after pill ” without a prescription , although an expert committee of the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices and the World Health Organization had spoken out in favor of it. This brought him criticism from his own coalition partner. Karl Lauterbach accused Gröhe of “patronizing women” who “were denied the exercise of their rights in an emergency”.

In 2016, Gröhe promoted the acceptance of drug tests on people with dementia. Before the onset of the disease, they should state in an advance directive that they would like to participate in studies. An additional prerequisite is that the legal representative has expressly consented to a specific study participation after medical advice.

Other engagement

Gröhe has been a member of the Synod of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) since 1997 and was a member of the EKD Council from 1997 to 2009 . What he particularly values ​​about the Evangelical Church is "the equal cooperation of all believers."

From 2000 to 2009 he was co-editor of Chrismon magazine . Gröhe has been a member of the board of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation since 2001 . In December 2017, Gröhe was unanimously elected (with effect from January 1, 2018) as one of the three deputy chairmen of the foundation.

Since April 2013 he has also acted as patron of the MoveForwardProject , which lasted until December 2013, and campaigned for the support of sustainable education in Africa. Since 2014 he has been the patron of Crazy? So what! , an adolescent mental health support project.


Hermann Gröhe is a Protestant , married and the father of four children. About his faith he said in 2009: “Faith in Jesus Christ gives me stability in life and - I hope - also in death. I would never say that of a party platform. "


  • Jens Metzdorf (Ed.): 150 citizens. The civil society of Neuss 1861–2011. Bürgergesellschaft zu Neuss, Neuss 2012, ISBN 978-3-00-039656-4 , p. 149.

Web links

Commons : Hermann Gröhe  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ About the person on Hermann Gröhe's website, accessed on September 14, 2011
  2. https://www.verlaesslicher-generationenvertrag.de/lösungen/
  3. Mediation Committee - Chairperson of the Mediation Committee. Retrieved February 2, 2019 .
  4. CDU: Hermann Gröhe will be the new CDU General Secretary ( Memento from October 25, 2009 in the Internet Archive ), October 24, 2009
  5. CDU press release Gröhe elected CDU general secretary by a large majority ( Memento from July 23, 2012 in the web archive archive.today )
  6. Board of Directors . In: Christian Democratic Union of Germany . ( cdu.de [accessed on December 11, 2016]).
  7. Hans-Jürgen Moritz: From the pizza connection to the cabinet. In: Focus Online . November 14, 2009, accessed October 14, 2018 .
  8. ^ German Bundestag - Biographies. Accessed May 31, 2020 .
  9. Election result of the Neuss constituency in the 2009 Bundestag election [1] (PDF file)
  10. ^ Election result of the constituency of Neuss in the 2013 Bundestag election Final result of the 2013 Bundestag election ( Memento from December 19, 2013 in the Internet Archive )
  11. Gröhe maintains state list of the NRW-CDU for the federal election to Rheinische Post on February 18, 2017.
  12. https://www.bundeswahlleiter.de/bundestagswahlen/2017/verbindungen/bund-99/land-5/wahlkreis-108.html Website of the Federal Returning Officer for the 2017 Bundestag election, accessed on September 27, 2017.
  13. Evangelical news agency idea e. V .: EKD council member in the Chancellery , September 22, 2008
  14. Health Minister Gröhe: "Every form of organized assisted suicide must be prohibited". Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, January 19, 2014, accessed on September 10, 2014 .
  15. New tasks for Gröhe , February 7, 2014.
  16. Contraceptives: Gröhe refuses to release the morning-after pill. In: Spiegel Online . February 8, 2014, accessed June 9, 2018 .
  17. http://www.n24.de/n24/Nachrichten/Pektiven/d/4258586/spd-kritisiert-gesundheitsminister--hermann-groehe.html
  18. http://www.tagesspiegel.de/politik/gesundheitsminister-groehe-zu-forschung-an-demenzkranken-der-patientenwille-bleibt-massstab/13790264.html
  19. Hermann Gröhe: I know myself borne by God in: Chrismon special from October 31, 2014.
  20. Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung eV, members of the board, as of March 2011. http://www.kas.de/wf/de/71.4892/
  21. ^ General assembly elects Norbert Lammert as chairman of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, press releases, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung . In: Konrad Adenauer Foundation . ( kas.de [accessed December 4, 2017]).
  22. ^ Website Irrsinnig Menschlich eV ( Memento from April 26, 2014 in the Internet Archive )
  23. Homepage Hermann Gröhe
  24. Mariam Lau : " Angela Merkel has a new puller " Welt from 23 September 2008
  25. Mariam Lau : Evangelicals as a power in German politics. Welt Online , August 11, 2009, accessed January 20, 2016 .