Karl-Heinz Kunckel

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Karl-Heinz Kunckel 1990

Karl-Heinz Kunckel (born June 30, 1944 in Sonneberg ; † March 9, 2012 in Heroldstatt ) was a German engineer and politician ( SPD ) and a member of the Saxon state parliament .


After attending primary and secondary school in his hometown and completing his Abitur, Karl-Heinz Kunckel completed an apprenticeship as a bricklayer. In 1962 he began studying electrical engineering at the Technical University of Dresden , which he completed in 1968 with an examination as a graduate engineer. He then worked as a research assistant at the TU Dresden, at whose faculty for energy economics he was awarded a Dr.-Ing. PhD (dissertation: on the operating behavior of capacitive voltage converters in resonance circuits ).

Kunckel worked as a technician at VEB Kombinat Carl Zeiss Jena from 1977 to 1983 . He then worked as a lecturer for measurement technology at the TU Dresden. In 1986 he received the academic degree Dr.-Ing. habil. and in 1990 he was elected to the University's Scientific Council. Following his academic career, he switched to politics.

Karl-Heinz Kunckel lived in Dresden , had been married since 1977 and had three children.

Since 2010 he has lived in Heroldstatt near Tübingen, where he died on March 9, 2012 as a result of a stroke he suffered in 2005 .


Karl-Heinz Kunckel was independent until 1989. In the course of the political change in the GDR , he joined the SPD. From March to October 1990 he was a member of the first freely elected People's Chamber and chairman of research and technology policy. In October 1990 he moved to the state list as a member of the Saxon state parliament, where he was then elected chairman of the SPD parliamentary group. In addition, since May 1990 he was deputy chairman of the SPD Saxony . In November 1993 he took over the state chairmanship of the Social Democrats from Michael Lersow . At the same time he became a member of the SPD federal executive committee, of which he was a member until December 1999.

In the Landtag, Kunckel was a member of the Interior Committee in the 1st electoral term and in the 3rd electoral term in the Budget and Finance Committee as well as in the Committee on Science and University, Culture and Media.

Kunckel, who had always spoken out against cooperation between the SPD and PDS , ran as his party's top candidate in the 1994 and 1999 state elections . On both election dates he was defeated by the incumbent Prime Minister Kurt Biedenkopf . The SPD's share of the vote fell from 16.6% (1994) to 10.7% (1999). After the election defeat in September 1999, Kunckel resigned from both the state and parliamentary groups. Constanze Krehl (state chairwoman) and Thomas Jurk (parliamentary group chairman) were elected as his successors in the offices . After his election to the media council of the Saxon State Agency for Private Broadcasting and New Media (SLM), Kunckel resigned from his state parliament mandate on July 12, 2004.



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Individual evidence

  1. Klaus-Jürgen Holzapfel (Ed.): Saxon State Parliament: 1st electoral period, 1990–1994; People's Handbook . NDV Neue Darmstädter Verlagsanstalt , Rheinbreitbach 1991, ISBN 3-87576-265-7 . P. 83. (as of May 1991)
  2. ^ Spiegel Online : Karl-Heinz Kunckel (SPD): Unshakable Optimist of September 10, 1999
  3. Spiegel Online : Kunckel “does not want to be discouraged” from September 13, 1999
  4. ^ Spiegel Online : SPD country chief Kunckel resigns from September 19, 1999
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