Klara Geywitz

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Klara Geywitz (2019)

Klara Geywitz (born February 18, 1976 in Potsdam ) is a German politician ( SPD ). From 2004 to 2019 she was a directly elected member of the constituency of Potsdam I in the Brandenburg State Parliament . After she ran unsuccessfully in the election for the SPD chairmanship in 2019 together with Olaf Scholz , she was elected as one of the deputy federal chairmen of the SPD in December 2019.

Origin, education and private life

Geywitz grew up in Seeburg on the outskirts of Potsdam as the daughter of a teacher and an educator and first went to school in Groß Glienicke . In 1990 she moved to the "Friedrich Ludwig Jahn" sports school in Potsdam , where she graduated from high school in 1995 . She then began studying political science at the University of Potsdam , which she graduated with a diploma in 2002 . During this time, she worked for Steffen Reiche , member of the state parliament , one of the founders of the Brandenburg SPD . From 2002 to 2004 she was a consultant for the SPD Brandenburg. Since August 17, 2020, she has been working at the Brandenburg State Audit Office as an audit area manager.

Geywitz lives in Potsdam, is Protestant and lives with the journalist Ulrich Deupmann , with whom she has a daughter and twin sons. The children were baptized by Steffen Reiche , who is also the godfather of the youngest son.

Political party

Klara Geywitz with Olaf Scholz as applicant duo for the SPD party chairmanship at a regional conference (2019)

Geywitz became a member of the SPD in 1992 at the age of 16. From August 2008 to September 2013 she was deputy chairwoman of the SPD Brandenburg. After the election of the previous Secretary General Klaus Ness as parliamentary group leader, she was appointed acting Secretary General on September 2, 2013, and the state party congress elected her to this office on November 24, 2013. Due to the suspension of the district reform , she resigned as General Secretary on November 1, 2017. Her subsequent work in the background earned her, according to a media report, “respect and recognition”. On December 8, 2017, she was elected as an assessor to the SPD party executive. In spring 2018 she negotiated the coalition agreement with the union parties .

In August 2019, she and Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced their candidacy as SPD chairwoman as a "tandem with different life paths, experiences and different perspectives" . As one of the motives for her candidacy, the Potsdam-based woman stated that many in the East had the feeling that their story did not appear in the all-German stories and that the elites were West German. Dietmar Woidke spoke of an "excellent application" and called Geywitz an "excellent discussion partner who can convince with a focus on content, a clear strategic line and at the same time paired with warmth and humor". At the press conference at which Geywitz announced her candidacy with Scholz, her focus was on the topics of family, East Germany, migration and women. Geywitz and Scholz declared that as a team they would stand for “renewal and experience” and that they would pursue the goal of making the SPD a strong left-wing people's party again. After the treasurer of the SPD Brandenburg, Harald Sempf, Geywitz had agreed the suitability for the party chairmanship, several top SPD politicians, including Katarina Barley , Sawsan Chebli and Hubertus Heil , expressed solidarity with Geywitz. The Jusos Brandenburg demanded Sempf's resignation.

The team of Klara Geywitz and Olaf Scholz received after the first round of the membership decision on October 26, 2019, with 22.7 percent, the highest share of the six candidate duos standing for election. It qualified for the runoff election with the second-placed team Saskia Esken and Norbert Walter-Borjans , which received 21.0 percent of the vote. On November 30, 2019, it was announced that Esken and Walter-Borjans received 53.1 percent of the vote in the runoff election and Geywitz and Scholz 45.3 percent of the vote. At the federal party congress on December 6, 2019, Geywitz was elected as one of the SPD's deputy federal chairmen with 76.8 percent of the delegate's votes. In this role, Geywitz would like to work in particular on the issues of employee rights and training.


Geywitz was elected to the Potsdam City Council in the 1998 local elections. There she sat on the parliamentary group's executive committee, was initially chairman of the regulatory and environmental committee and later a member of the committee for health and social affairs. On October 1, 2013, she resigned her mandate in order to concentrate on her office as General Secretary. After she was re-elected to the city council of Potsdam in the 2014 municipal elections , she resigned her mandate in November 2014. She justified this step with the tight majority in the state parliament and the often parallel meetings of the city council with the plenary sessions of the state parliament.

In the 2004 state elections , she won the direct mandate in the constituency of Potsdam I with 33.6 percent of the first votes . In the 4th electoral term she was a member of the Committee on Education, Youth and Sport and the Committee on Science, Research and Culture. She was also deputy chairman of the SPD parliamentary group.

In the state elections in 2009 she again won the direct mandate in the constituency of Potsdam I with 31.6 percent of the first votes. In the 5th electoral term, she was a member of the Committee on Budget and Finance. In addition, she was the parliamentary managing director of the SPD parliamentary group and chairwoman of the commission of inquiry " Dealing with the history and dealing with the consequences of the SED dictatorship and the transition to a democratic constitutional state in the state of Brandenburg" until she resigned from this post in autumn 2010 because of her pregnancy resigned. From November 2011 she was the financial policy spokeswoman for the SPD parliamentary group and from January 2013 chairwoman of the BER special committee .

In the state elections in 2014 , with 28.0 percent of the first votes, she again won the direct mandate in the constituency of Potsdam I. In the 6th electoral period, she was a member of the Main Committee, the Committee on Budgetary Control and the Committee on Home Affairs and Local Affairs, which she chaired from January 2018 was.

In the 2019 state elections, Geywitz lost 26.7 percent of the first votes in the constituency of Potsdam I to the candidate Marie Schäffer from the Alliance 90 / The Greens party , who received 27.0 percent of the first votes. It also did not move into the state parliament over 10th place on the state list .

Political positions

She is one of the main initiators of the Brandenburg Parity Act , according to which women and men must be represented equally in the Brandenburg State Parliament in future. She describes herself as a feminist who advocates the reconciliation of family and political commitment, better opportunities for women to work full-time, and equal pay for the sexes. Geywitz is of the opinion that Agenda 2010 gave Germany a growth phase and welcomes the fact that the SPD stuck to the Hartz IV concept despite protests . She advocates the removal of children from the Hartz IV system and the introduction of basic child benefits .

In January 2018 she advocated the start of coalition negotiations with the CDU and CSU to continue the black-red federal government . She said that the SPD was not aiming for a continuation of the grand coalition , but that after the FDP had refused to participate in the government, this would be better than new elections and would open up the possibility of making improvements for East Germany. In her opinion, the SPD's federal party conference in December 2019 should decide whether to continue the grand coalition in the second half of the legislative period. Geywitz did not want to rule out a new edition of the grand coalition after the next federal election in November 2019.

Regarding German armaments policy, Geywitz declared in November 2019: "If we do not export the weapons - according to strict criteria - then other people will do it and that is not a major step forward." The Juso chairman Kevin Kühnert criticized Geywitz because of this statement. In the renegotiations of the coalition agreement between the SPD and the Union, Geywitz wants to enforce a legal right to all-day care in primary schools. In addition, in this context, I am in favor of a restriction of employment contracts that are limited in time for no reason, as well as the debt relief of municipalities.


Geywitz has been a member of the board of the Foundation for German-Polish Cooperation since 2014 .

Web links

Commons : Klara Geywitz  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

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  2. a b "'Nobody knows' is kind of cute" zeit.de, September 3, 2019
  3. Klara Geywitz now at the Court of Auditors pnn.de, August 17, 2020
  4. Die Insiderin spiegel.de, August 21, 2019
  5. a b This woman wants to soon lead the SPD t-online.de, August 21, 2019
  6. Who will be . In: teamgeywitzscholz.de , accessed on October 6, 2019
  7. Platzeck attacks the Left SPD heralds the election campaign at the party congress . In: tagesspiegel.de , September 1, 2008.
  8. Woidke takes on the CDU . In: maz-online.de , November 24, 2013.
  9. Woidke calls off district reform - SPD general secretary resigns . In: tagesspiegel.de , November 1, 2017.
  10. a b The politician with the poker face . In: rbb24.de , August 22, 2019.
  11. Election results of the party executive committee 2017
  12. Application for SPD chairmanship . In: teamgeywitzscholz.de .
  13. Stefan Reinicke: "I'm not like Olaf Scholz". In: taz.de. September 30, 2019, accessed October 1, 2019 .
  14. The missing dressing . In: cicero.de , August 22, 2019.
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  16. "Not the right one". In: spiegel.de. September 20, 2019, accessed October 1, 2019 .
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  19. ^ SPD members vote for Saskia Esken and Norbert Walter-Borjans as party leaders. In: spiegel.de. November 30, 2019, accessed November 30, 2019 .
  20. Kevin Kühnert gets more votes than Hubertus Heil. In: spiegel.de. December 6, 2019, accessed December 6, 2019 .
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  24. Archive version of their profile from May 8, 2012
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  26. ^ SPD gives Geywitz the chair of the interior committee maz-online.de, January 8, 2018
  27. Klara Geywitz loses her constituency tagesspiegel.de, September 2, 2019
  28. Red-Red-Green wants women's quota for Brandenburg state lists tagesspiegel.de, January 22, 2019
  29. "Old certainties no longer work" lr-online.de, July 19, 2018
  30. Interview with Klara Geywitz: "Children have no place in the Hartz IV system" rundschau-online.de, August 28, 2019
  31. GroKo or not? Brandenburg's SPD uneins maz-online.de, January 19, 2018
  32. ^ SPD chairmanship: Geywitz considers her party to be "the drama queens", Abendblatt.de, 23 August 2019
  33. Groko also possible after 2021 taz.de, November 18, 2019
  34. TV debate before the runoff election: Which team is convincing in the race for the SPD chairmanship? web.de, November 19, 2019
  35. revolution on young socialist type Der Tagesspiegel, 23 November 2019
  36. Michael Schlieben: Klara Geywitz: "That's nonsense. Quite honestly" . In: The time . December 5, 2019, ISSN  0044-2070 ( zeit.de [accessed December 14, 2019]).
  37. Board of Directors sdpz.org