State Parliament of Baden-Württemberg

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State Parliament of Baden-Württemberg
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Basic data
Seat: House of the state parliament in Stuttgart
Legislative period : five years
MPs: 143
Current legislative period
Last choice: March 13, 2016
Next choice: March 2021
Chair: President of the State Parliament
Muhterem Aras ( Greens )

Deputy State Parliament President
Sabine Kurtz ( CDU )

Distribution of seats:
  • Green 47
  • CDU 43
  • SPD 19th
  • AfD 17
  • FDP / DVP 12
  • Non-attached 5
  • Website
    Logo 2008
    Plenary hall before the renovation
    Plenary hall after the renovation

    The state parliament of Baden-Württemberg is the state parliament of the state of Baden-Württemberg with its seat in Stuttgart . The President of the State Parliament has been Muhterem Aras ( Greens ) since 2016 .


    The state parliament of Baden-Württemberg stands in the tradition of democratic forerunners. At the time of the Weimar Republic , these were the Landtag of the Republic of Baden and the Landtag of the Free People's State of Württemberg . After the end of the Second World War , three states were established on the territory of the later state of Baden-Württemberg.

    The Consultative State Assembly and the State Parliament of Baden met from 1946 to 1952 in the historic department store of Freiburg im Breisgau . The President of the Baden State Parliament from 1947 to 1951 was Karl Person .

    The state parliament of the state of Württemberg-Hohenzollern first met in 1946 as an advisory state assembly in the Bebenhausen monastery in Tübingen . Karl Gengler was president of the state parliament of Württemberg-Hohenzollern from 1947 to 1952 .

    The state constituent assembly and the state parliament of Württemberg-Baden met in Stuttgart from 1946 to 1952. Presidents of the state parliament of Württemberg-Baden were Wilhelm Simpfendörfer in 1946 and Wilhelm Keil from 1947 to 1952 . The Eduard Pfeiffer House of the Workers' Home Foundation at Heusteigstrasse 45 in Stuttgart, built in 1889, has served as the conference venue since 1947 . The state parliament of Baden-Württemberg met in the same building until 1961.


    Parliament building at night
    New entrance area (2017)

    The buildings of the state parliament of Baden-Württemberg are the square house of the state parliament from 1961 in the upper castle garden (based on a design by Horst Linde ) and the house of the members of parliament, inaugurated in 1987 on the other side of Konrad-Adenauer-Straße . The two buildings are connected by a pedestrian tunnel. The original winning design by the architects Peter von Seidlein and Ulrich Schmidt von Altenstadt was realized in 1964 in Tübingen as a university building. The interior of both buildings is also characterized by works of art by well-known artists.

    The building was converted and refurbished from autumn 2013 to spring 2016 by Staab Architekten from Berlin for 52.1 million euros. The goals were energetic and technical improvements as well as a redesign of the roof of the plenary hall, which so far had no daylight. Volker Staab received the Hugo Häring Prize 2018 for the general renovation. During the renovation of the state parliament building, the state parliament met from September 25, 2013 to spring 2016 in the art building . On May 11, 2016, the constituent meeting of the 16th state parliament of Baden-Württemberg took place in the converted "House of the State Parliament".

    Distribution of seats in the 16th electoral term

    (The electoral period of the 16th state parliament elected on March 13, 2016 lasts from May 1, 2016 to April 30, 2021.)

    The constituent first plenary session took place on May 11, 2016. The age president was Heinrich Kuhn (AfD).

    fraction Seats Direct mandates Second mandates
    Green 47 46 1
    CDU 43 22nd 21st
    SPD 19th 0 19th
    AfD 18th 2 16
    FDP / DVP 12 0 12
    non-attached 4th 0 4th
    total 143 70 73

    On July 5, 2016, 13 members of the AfD, among them the parliamentary group leader Jörg Meuthen , declared their exit from the parliamentary group and formed a new parliamentary group. Shortly afterwards, the controversial MP Wolfgang Gedeon also left the parliamentary group. The Alternative für Baden-Württemberg (ABW) parliamentary group, split off from the AfD parliamentary group, was recognized by the state parliament president on July 26, 2016 after obtaining legal opinions. On October 11, 2016, the ABW parliamentary group and AfD parliamentary group were reunited to form the AfD parliamentary group. On December 16, 2016, Claudia Martin announced that she was leaving the AfD parliamentary group. Martin was accepted into the CDU on November 11, 2017 by the CDU district association Rhein-Neckar. On November 28, 2017, Martin's admission to the CDU parliamentary group was confirmed. On November 24, 2017, the MP Heinrich Fiechtner announced his departure from the AfD parliamentary group and the party. After the departure of AfD politician Lars Patrick Berg on July 11, 2019, his successor Doris Senger was initially denied membership in the AfD parliamentary group, and was only accepted on September 26, 2019. Stefan Herre and Harald Pfeiffer resigned from the parliamentary group on November 29, 2019, but retained their mandates. This made the SPD the largest opposition faction in the state parliament.

    Landtag President

    Term of office president Political party
    1952-1960 Carl Neinhaus CDU
    1960-1968 Franz Gurk CDU
    1968-1976 Camill root CDU
    1976-1980 Erich Ganzenmüller CDU
    1980-1982 Lothar Gaa CDU
    1982-1992 Erich Schneider CDU
    1992-1996 Fritz Hopmeier CDU
    1996-2011 Peter Straub CDU
    2011 Willi Stächele CDU
    2011-2015 Guido Wolf CDU
    2015-2016 Wilfried Klenk CDU
    since 2016 Muhterem Macaws Green

    In the current legislative period there is only one deputy president after parliament abolished the office of second deputy against the votes of the AfD. This position would have gone to the AfD, which criticizes the exclusion of 15.1 percent of the voters from the leadership of the state parliament.

    Parliamentary groups

    The order in which the parliamentary groups are named below is based on their first appearance in the sequence of legislative periods since 1952. If parliamentary groups appear for the first time within a legislative period, the order depends on their parliamentary group size.

    Group chairman of the CDU

    The CDU was represented as a parliamentary group in all state parliaments.

    Duration Chairman
    1952-1953 Franz Gurk
    1953-1953 Gebhard Müller
    1953-1960 Franz Hermann
    1960-1968 Camill root
    1968-1972 Erich Ganzenmüller
    1972-1988 Lothar Späth
    Duration Chairman
    1978-1991 Erwin the devil
    1991-2005 Günther Oettinger
    2005-2010 Stefan Mappus
    2010-2015 Peter Hauk
    2015-2016 Guido Wolf
    since 2016 Wolfgang Reinhart

    Group leader of the SPD

    The SPD was represented as a parliamentary group in all state parliaments.

    Duration Chairman
    1952-1961 Alex Möller
    1961-1964 Walter Krause and Hermann Veit
    1964-1966 Walter Krause
    1966-1968 Walter Hirrlinger
    1968-1972 Heinz Bühringer
    1972-1973 Walter Krause
    1973-1976 Rudolf Schieler
    1976-1980 Erhard Eppler
    Duration Chairman
    1980-1988 Ulrich Lang
    1988-1992 Dieter Spöri
    1992-2001 Ulrich Maurer
    2001-2006 Wolfgang Drexler
    2006-2008 Ute Vogt
    2008-2016 Claus Schmiedel
    since 2016 Andreas Stoch

    Group chairman of the FDP / DVP

    The FDP / DVP was represented as a parliamentary group in all state parliaments.

    Duration Chairman
    1952-1953 Wolfgang Haussmann
    1953-1956 Otto Gönnenwein
    1956-1960 Eduard Leuze
    1960-1964 Walter Nischwitz
    1964-1968 Friedrich Stock
    1968-1969 Eduard Leuze
    1969-1976 Johann Peter Brandenburg
    Duration Chairman
    1976-1984 Jürgen Morlok
    1985-1988 Hinrich Enderlein
    1988-1996 Walter Döring
    1996-2004 Ernst Pfister
    2004-2009 Ulrich Noll
    since 2009 Hans-Ulrich Rülke

    Chairman of the GB / BHE parliamentary group

    The Federation of Expellees and Disenfranchised (BHE) was represented as a parliamentary group in the first state parliament (1952–1956). The GB / BHE was represented in the second and third Landtag (1956–1964).

    Duration Chairman
    1952-1954 Karl Mocker
    1954-1956 Karl Bartunek
    1956-1960 Karl Mocker
    Duration Chairman
    1960-1960 Josef Schwarz
    1960-1964 Karl Bartunek

    Group leader of the NPD

    The NPD was represented as a parliamentary group in the fifth state parliament (1968–1972).

    Duration Chairman
    1968-1969 Wilhelm Gutmann
    1969-1972 Werner Kuhnt

    Group leaders of the Greens

    Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen (or before 1993 the Greens ) have been represented in the state parliament without interruption since 1980.

    Duration Chairman
    1980-1983 Wolf-Dieter Hasenclever
    1983-1984 Winfried Kretschmann
    1984-1988 Fritz Kuhn
    1988-1990 Birgitt Bender
    1990-1992 Rezzo hose
    Duration Chairman
    1992-2000 Fritz Kuhn
    2000-2002 Dieter Salomon
    2002-2011 Winfried Kretschmann
    2011-2016 Edith Sitzmann
    since 2016 Andreas Schwarz

    In the eighth state parliament (1980–1984) the Greens did not have a parliamentary group status and operated as a state parliament group .

    Republican parliamentary group leader

    The Republicans (REP) were represented in the eleventh and twelfth state parliaments. The only group chairman from 1992 to 2001 was Rolf Schlierer .

    Group leader of the AfD

    The alternative for Germany has been represented in the state parliament since 2016, the parliamentary group chairman was initially Jörg Meuthen . After the split in the parliamentary group in July 2016 , Heiner Merz took over the chairmanship. The parliamentary group chairman of the split-off parliamentary group Alternative für Baden-Württemberg (ABW) and the group reunited on October 11, 2016, was Meuthen until he moved to the European Parliament.

    Duration Chairman
    5/2016 - 7/2016 Jörg Meuthen
    7/2016 - 10/2016 AfD: Heiner Merz ABW: Jörg Meuthen ( ABW until 10/2016 )
    10/2016 - 11/2017 Jörg Meuthen
    since 12/2017 Bernd Gögel

    Electoral process

    Landtag constituencies 2011

    The electoral process for the Baden-Württemberg state parliament differs from the electoral process in many other federal states in that no state or district lists are drawn up and that each voter only has one vote.

    The state parliament with a nominal 120 members is elected every five years. Whoever gets the most votes in one of the 70 constituencies receives the first mandate for this constituency and moves into the state parliament. The 120 seats will be distributed nationwide in the Sainte-Laguë / Schepers procedure to all parties that have achieved at least 5% of the valid votes. After that, the seats of each party - again in Sainte-Laguë / Schepers - are distributed among the four administrative districts. Until the state elections in 2006, the D'Hondt seat allocation procedure was used for both of the aforementioned calculation steps.

    If a party is entitled to more seats in a government district than it has achieved first mandates here, the other seats of the party within the government district are allocated to unsuccessful constituency applicants. These mandates are called second mandates . In the event that a party in a government district obtains more first mandates than it is entitled to here, the procedure is as follows: The party retains its seats as overhang seats , but the number of seats in this government district is increased so that the distribution of seats is proportionate corresponds to the number of votes achieved (compensation seats for the other parties).

    By compensating for the overhang mandates, there were state parliaments with 140–155 members in the 1990s. In the 13th electoral term the state parliament had 128 members, in the 14th electoral term 139, in the 15th electoral term 138 and in the 16th electoral term 143.

    The Baden-Württemberg election process is repeatedly criticized as particularly complicated. In addition, there were systemic distortions up to the state elections in 2006, because the second mandates for inferior constituency applicants were allocated in the order of the absolute number of votes. Thus, especially in regions with strong population growth, there were constituencies in which each of the smaller parties had MPs because the constituency is very large overall and deviates significantly upwards from the mean. In other constituencies, however, it was almost impossible to be elected beyond the direct mandate. In the 2006 election, the smallest constituency of Heilbronn had 81,073 people eligible to vote and had one member, while the largest constituency in Tübingen, with 136,406 eligible voters, was able to send three members to the state parliament.

    For the 2011 state elections, the rules for awarding second mandates were changed. Since then, it is no longer the absolute number of votes, but the proportion of votes in the constituencies that is decisive.

    Government districts in which overhang and compensatory mandates are awarded are also disproportionately represented in the state parliament. Thus the distribution of the constituencies to the administrative districts does not correspond to the ratio of eligible voters. As a result, the smallest administrative district of Tübingen in particular is regularly under-represented in the state parliament, because the CDU's usually above-average performance means fewer overhang mandates and compensatory seats are incurred here than in the other government districts. Finally, the management of the list of candidates in the Baden-Württemberg election process is organized on a decentralized basis; In each of the 70 constituencies, a decision is made locally who is running. This leads to the fact that the state boards or state party conferences of the parties have little influence on the list of candidates. Among other things, quota regulations cannot be enforced. The 14th state parliament had the lowest proportion of women among the German state parliaments at 23.7 percent. In the 15th state parliament, the proportion of women fell to 18.1%. In all parliamentary groups, less than a third of the members were women (Greens 30.6%, SPD 17.1%, CDU 13.3%, FDP 0.0%). On April 1, 2018, the proportion of women was 25.9% (Greens 46.8%, CDU 23.3%, SPD 10.5%, AfD 10%, FDP 8.3%).

    Results of the state elections (as a percentage of the votes)

    Voter turnout and state election results of the four largest parties up to 2016
    1952 1956 1960 1964 1968 1972 1976 1980 1984 1988 1992 1996 2001 2006 2011 2016
    Turnout in percent 63.7 70.3 59.0 67.7 70.7 80.0 75.5 72.0 71.2 71.8 70.1 67.6 62.6 53.4 66.3 70.4
    Green 5.3 8.0 7.9 9.5 12.1 7.7 11.7 24.2 30.3
    CDU 36.0 42.6 39.5 46.2 44.2 52.9 56.7 53.4 51.9 49.0 39.6 41.3 44.8 44.2 39.0 27.0
    AfD 15.1
    SPD 28.0 28.9 35.3 37.3 29.0 37.6 33.3 32.5 32.4 32.0 29.4 25.1 33.3 25.2 23.1 12.7
    FDP / DVP 18.0 16.6 15.8 13.1 14.4 8.9 7.8 8.3 7.2 5.9 5.9 9.6 8.1 10.7 5.3 8.3
    Left 1 3.1 2.8 2.9
    NPD 9.8 0.9 0.1 2.1 0.9 0.2 0.7 1.0 0.4
    Pirates 2.1 0.4
    REP 1.0 10.9 9.1 4.4 2.5 1.1 0.3
    BHE or GDP 6.3 6.3 6.6 1.8
    KPD 2 4.4 3.2
    1 2006: WASG
    2Based on the result of 1952, the KPD was entitled to four seats in the state parliament because the five percent hurdle did not apply to the entire state, but in the election for the state constitutional assembly on March 9, 1952, it was still separate for the predecessor states Württemberg-Baden , Württemberg-Hohenzollern and Baden . The KPD was banned by the Federal Constitutional Court in 1956.

    The State Statistical Office provides information on the election results and the distribution of seats in the Baden-Württemberg state parliament .

    Historic distribution of seats in the state parliament of Baden-Württemberg

    1952 1956 1960 1964 1968 1972 1976 1980 1984 1988 1992 1996 2001 2006 2011 2016
    Green 6th 9 10 13 19th 10 17th 36 47
    CDU 50 56 52 59 60 65 71 68 68 66 64 69 63 69 60 42
    AfD 23
    SPD 38 36 44 47 37 45 41 40 41 42 46 39 45 38 35 19th
    FDP / DVP 23 21st 18th 14th 18th 10 9 10 8th 7th 8th 14th 10 15th 7th 12
    REP 15th 14th
    NPD 12
    BHE 6th 7th 7th
    KPD 4th
    Total number 121 120 121 120 127 120 121 124 126 125 146 155 128 139 138 143

    Parliamentary reform

    In 2007 a cross-party proposal for a fundamental parliamentary reform was approved. The key points are:

    • The previous after-work parliament became a full-time parliament at the beginning of the 15th legislative period.
    • The state pension was abolished in 2011, and since then MPs have had to pay for their own pension. In return, they receive an additional 1587 euros per month, provided they can be shown to invest this amount in a pension plan. Political state secretaries and full-time members of the state government do not receive this amount. For example, ministers cannot benefit from an additional mandate for old-age provision - unlike in other parliaments.
    • Since May 2016, at the beginning of the 16th legislative period, there has been an extensive incompatibility of office and mandate. An elected to the state parliament official with salaries deposited with the acceptance of the election from his office , out. The rights and obligations arising from the employment relationship are generally suspended from the date of acceptance of the election for the duration of the membership. After the termination of membership in the state parliament, the rights and obligations are suspended until entry into or until retirement, unless the civil servant files an application for return to the previous employment relationship or the highest service authority carries this out without an application. If the officer refuses to return him in the latter case, he is dismissed. The rights and obligations from the civil servant relationship for a limited period are suspended until the end of the term of office. (§§ 27 f., 32nd AbgG BW)

    See also


    • Rolf Blumer, Carola Klötzer, Karsten Preßler: Modern times too can age with dignity. The state parliament building in Stuttgart and its metal facade. In: Preservation of Monuments in Baden-Württemberg , Volume 40, 2011, Issue 1, pp. 21–28 ( PDF )

    Web links

    Commons : State Parliament of Baden-Württemberg  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files


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    3. Amber Sayah: Conversion of the state parliament in Stuttgart: The must of the decades is out, in: Stuttgarter Zeitung, May 6, 2016
    4. Technical and energetic renovation of the state parliament building ( Memento from February 19, 2014 in the Internet Archive )
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    29. Section 11 (2) of the Act on the Legal Relationships of Members of the Baden-Württemberg State Parliament (PDF) ( Memento of July 13, 2015 in the Internet Archive )

    Coordinates: 48 ° 46 '43 "  N , 9 ° 11' 0.6"  E