Jürgen Seidel

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Jürgen Seidel (born May 7, 1948 in Waren, Müritz ) is a German politician ( CDU ). He was a member of the state parliament of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and was Deputy Minister-President and Minister for Economics, Labor and Tourism of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania from 2006 to 2011 .

School education and studies

After graduating from high school, Seidel studied at the Technical University of Dresden . He graduated with the degree graduate engineer in materials science .

Political career

From 1971 to 1974 Seidel worked at VEB Metallgußwerk Waren , from 1974 to 1984 at the council of Waren as a council member for environmental protection, water management and recreation. From 1984 to 1990 he was managing director of the recreational goods association. In 1971 Seidel joined the GDR CDU , which became part of the CDU in 1990.

In 1990 Seidel was elected to the first freely elected and at the same time last Volkskammer in the GDR . Between 1994 and 1996 he was State Minister of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania for Building and Environment, and from 1996 to 1998 State Minister for Economics.

From 2001 to 2006 Seidel was the district administrator of the Müritz district .

From 2005 to 2009 Seidel was state chairman of the CDU Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania . He was the successor to Eckhardt Rehberg . For the state elections in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania in 2006, Seidel was the CDU's top candidate for the office of Prime Minister ; the CDU Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania selected him at their state party congress in March 2006 with 99.2% as their top candidate. He is considered a close confidante of Chancellor Angela Merkel . Seidel was also the honorary chairman of the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Tourism Association until 2007.

In the state elections on September 17, 2006 , the SPD had to accept a 10.4 percentage point drop in the vote, but with 30.2% of the votes it remained the strongest party because the CDU did not succeed in gaining votes under Seidel's top candidacy: it actually fell 31.1% to 28.8% of the votes and thus landed below the 30 percent mark for the first time in the country's history. Red-Red achieved 36 of the 71 mandates and thus a wafer-thin absolute majority. On October 7, 2006, the Union and the SPD agreed on a joint coalition under Harald Ringstorff . After his re-election as Prime Minister on November 7, 2006, Seidel was appointed as Ringstorff's deputy and Minister of Economics, Labor and Tourism.

In the state elections in 2011 , Jürgen Seidel was elected to the state parliament for the constituency Demmin I, but he no longer belongs to Erwin Sellering's new cabinet . Until 2018 he was President of the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Tourism Association.


Jürgen Seidel is married and has four children.


Web links

Commons : Jürgen Seidel  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Result of the election at the regional returning officer
  2. ^ Website of the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Tourist Board