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Marcus Held (2014)

Marcus Held (born October 15, 1977 in Ludwigshafen am Rhein ) is a German politician ( SPD ) and lawyer . He was Mayor of Oppenheim from 2004 to 2018 and has been a member of the German Bundestag since 2013 .


Held grew up in Mühlheim an der Eis and went to school in Obrigheim and Worms . From 1987 he attended the Gauß-Gymnasium in Worms , where he graduated from high school in 1997.

Between 1995 and 2003 Held worked as a freelancer for the Wormser Zeitung and the Allgemeine Zeitung and reported from the municipalities of Monsheim , Westhofen and Eich as well as the city of Osthofen .

After graduating from high school, Held did his community service in the field of environmental protection in the community of Grünstadt-Land . Then he began to study law at Saarland University in Saarbrücken. During his studies he worked as a student assistant for Klaus Hagemann, member of the Bundestag . From 2000 he moved to the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz and also worked in the State Chancellery of Rhineland-Palatinate .

The first state examination completed Held in 2003 in Mainz. The second and his admission as a lawyer followed in 2006. In 2007 he was the personal advisor to District Administrator Ernst Walter Görisch at the Alzey-Worms district administration, and from 2009 to 2018 chairman of the board of the non-profit housing association Oppenheim.

Held is married and has two children.

Honorary positions

Held joined the SPD in 1994 while he was still at school and was involved in founding the Juso AG Grünstadt-Land.

In the 2004 election as Mayor of Oppenheim , Held was able to prevail against two competitors with 54.4 percent of the vote and was re-elected in 2009 and 2014. From 2009 to 2014 he was also First Alderman of the Association of Nierstein-Oppenheim . Both positions are honorary positions, for which an expense allowance can be granted. From 2009 to 2018 he was a member of the Mainz-Bingen district council .

One of his election promises was the renovation of the Oppenheimer Emondshalle, which was reopened in 2006. In 2005, Held organized a “municipal toll summit” in Oppenheim and invited mayors whose municipalities suffered from increased truck traffic after the introduction of the truck toll.

In 2006, Held revived the tradition founded in 1935 of Oppenheim's "wine sponsorship" with Berlin and proposed the governing mayor, Klaus Wowereit, to be " wine knight". It was followed by Prime Minister Malu Dreyer , Cardinal Karl Lehmann and, in 2016, Gregor Gysi .

Held successfully campaigned for the construction of an artificial turf pitch and the establishment of a new youth center in Oppenheim and was the founding chairman of the Oppenheimer Tafel from 2010 to 2018 . In 2008, Held and other mayors revived the event "Rheinradeln" between Oppenheim and Worms on the old federal road 9 . In the run-up to the soccer world championships, he initiated regional youth soccer tournaments.

In his third term of office, he campaigned for the designation of the residential and commercial area "Im Krämereck" from 2014 in view of the high level of debt in the community.

On February 28, 2018, Held resigned as mayor after this had been demanded by politicians, in the press and at weekly demonstrations in Oppenheim since the beginning of the year (see also section “allegations of infidelity” ). The Mainzer Allgemeine Zeitung linked the resignation to a property deal that Held had made as a private citizen. Under the title “The Disappeared Mayor”, a play with clear allusions to Held was performed in the form of a crime dinner in the old district court in Oppenheim in September 2019 .


In the 2013 federal election he ran as a direct candidate for the Worms constituency and entered the Bundestag via the state list. There he was a full member of the Committee for Economic Affairs and Energy and the Committee for Environment and Building as a deputy. For the 2017 federal election , Held was put back on the SPD's state list, but received by far the lowest approval of the delegates with almost 77 percent. In the 19th German Bundestag he is a deputy member of the Committee on Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and the Committee on Food and Agriculture .

As a member of parliament, he campaigned for traffic development and cultural promotion in his constituency, insurance coverage for midwives and the liberalization of e-cigarettes to encourage smoking cessation.

From the beginning of 2018 to mid-2019, Held interrupted his work as a member of parliament with reference to a certified incapacity for work. At the beginning of 2018 he resigned as chairman of the SPD Rhein-Selz.

Criminal proceedings for breach of trust and other offenses

After anonymous allegations were made against Held in 2017 that, as mayor of the city of Oppenheim, he had hired real estate agents for the purchase and sale of land in the residential and commercial area "Im Krämereck-Süd" without a reason, the Mainz public prosecutor's office headed the Mainz public prosecutor's office after an audit by the Rhineland-Palatinate Court of Auditors An investigation into the course of which the German Bundestag lifted Held's immunity as a member of parliament. In July 2019, the public prosecutor brought charges against Held for breach of trust, fraud, accepting benefits and taking bribes, as well as violating the party law. The Mainz Regional Court admitted the majority of the indictment in July 2020 and opened the main proceedings. The start of the main hearing is planned for the beginning of November 2020, the subject also includes donations made and accepted in connection with property transactions. The public prosecutor appealed against the partial non-admission of the indictment.

Leading SPD politicians in the region and in the SPD faction of the state parliament distanced themselves from Held, including the Rhineland-Palatinate SPD state chairman Roger Lewentz in March 2018 with the words: "Marcus Held no longer has a political future with us".


Web links

Commons : Marcus Held  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. §§ 12,13 of the state ordinance on expense allowance for municipal honorary offices
  2. Inauguration of the Emondshalle. In: Marcus Held. June 11, 2009, accessed on March 9, 2020 (German).
  3. More than 10,000 toll evaders caught: Municipalities are demanding tolls for alternative routes. In: RP Online. April 22, 2005, accessed March 9, 2020 .
  4. Ulrich Gerecke: At the start of the wine festival: Gregor Gysi was beaten as an Oppenheim wine knight. In: Allgemeine Zeitung. August 12, 2016, accessed March 14, 2020 .
  5. New sports field: here we go! In: Oppenheim city news. SPD Oppenheim, August 2007, accessed on March 9, 2020 .
  6. Press release: Between children's art campaigns and the rock band "Point". In: Oppenheim youth center. March 20, 2013, accessed March 9, 2020 .
  7. ^ Peter Ammann: Rheinradeln from 2008 . In: SPD Oppenheim (ed.): Oppenheimer Stadtnachrichten . August 2007, p. 20 ( ).
  8. Jens Grethe: May 18, 2008: Cycling on the Rhine . In: SPD Oppenheim (ed.): Oppenheimer Stadtnachrichten . December 2007, p. 9 ( ).
  9. The wires are already glowing in the town hall. City of Oppenheim is planning mini-EM in 2008. Allgemeine Zeitung again media partner . In: Allgemeine Zeitung . July 7, 2006.
  10. Christine Bausch: National jerseys and cotton candy beckon. 48 D youth teams from Rheinhessen will play for the title at the Mini-EM this weekend . In: Allgemeine Zeitung . May 27, 2008.
  11. The ball is rolling in Rheinhessen - Third edition of the Mini World Cup is running. In: Marcus Held. May 31, 2014, accessed March 14, 2020 .
  12. Ulrich Gerecke: Budget of the city of Oppenheim: New debt should be lower in 2018 - Allgemeine Zeitung. In: Allgemeine Zeitung. December 1, 2017, accessed March 9, 2020 .
  13. ^ Chronology in the case of Marcus Held. In: SWR Aktuell. July 12, 2019, accessed March 1, 2020 .
  14. Markus Lachmann: Hero and the questionable donations. In: Allgemeine Zeitung. March 16, 2018, accessed June 25, 2020 .
  15. Ulrich Gerecke, Kirsten Strasser: Gave in to the pressure: Marcus Held resigned from all offices in the city of Oppenheim. In: Allgemeine Zeitung. February 28, 2018, accessed March 1, 2020 .
  16. ^ The missing mayor of Oppenheim. In: SWR Aktuell. Retrieved October 28, 2019 .
  17. Ulrich Gerecke: Similarities not at all accidental. In: Allgemeine Zeitung. Retrieved May 22, 2019 .
  18. Marcus Held wants to join the Bundestag - Oppenheim's SPD mayor wants to succeed Klaus Hagemann ( Memento from August 29, 2012 in the Internet Archive ) by Beate Nietzel on from August 25, 2012.
  19. Federal Parliament election 2013: elected applicants. ( Memento from September 25, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) on; online on the Internet: September 23, 2013.
  20. ^ State list of the SPD Rhineland-Palatinate for the 2017 federal election - results
  21. ^ German Bundestag - Marcus Held . In: German Bundestag . ( [accessed on September 17, 2018]).
  22. Ulrich Gerecke: “Great day for the region”. In: Allgemeine Zeitung. March 17, 2016, accessed March 9, 2020 .
  23. Roland Keth: No further IC stop in Worms. In: Wormser Zeitung. June 23, 2017, accessed March 9, 2020 .
  24. 4.6 million euros for the Herrnsheim Castle. In: CDU district association Worms-Stadt. November 11, 2016, accessed March 14, 2020 .
  25. Stefanie Widmann: Many tin pipes are still original. In: Allgemeine Zeitung. September 9, 2016, accessed March 14, 2020 .
  26. ↑ The future of freelance midwives remains an affair of the heart for Marcus Held. In: Marcus Held. March 20, 2016, accessed on March 9, 2020 (German).
  27. SPD representative wants to support e-cigarette in the new Bundestag. In: eGarage. July 1, 2017, accessed on March 9, 2020 (German).
  28. Personal statement dated January 30, 2018
  29. Rhineland-Palatinate Court of Auditors (ed.): Examination of the budget and economic management of the Rhein-Selz community and the city of Oppenheim . December 12, 2017 ( [PDF]).
  30. Two MPs' immunity lifted., November 22, 2017.
  31. Completion of the investigation against the former mayor of the city of Oppenheim and other people for breach of trust, etc. as well as against the anonymous authors of the so-called memorandum. In: Mainz Public Prosecutor's Office. July 12, 2019, accessed February 27, 2020 .
  32. ^ Indictment against former Mayor Held in Oppenheim. In: The Rhine Palatinate. July 12, 2019, accessed March 1, 2020 .
  33. ^ Opening of the indictment in the proceedings against the former mayor of the city of Oppenheim et al. In: Landgericht Mainz. July 13, 2020, accessed on July 14, 2020 .
  34. Kirsten Strasser, Ulrich Gerecke: It gets uncomfortable for Oppenheim's city mayor Held: Jusos write fire letters. In: Allgemeine Zeitung. January 23, 2018, accessed March 29, 2020 .
  35. Ulrich Gerecke, Markus Lachmann: Oppenheim: SPD Mainz-Bingen calls on Held to resign. In: Allgemeine Zeitung. February 27, 2018, accessed March 29, 2020 .
  36. ^ Ulrich Gerecke, Markus Lachmann: Oppenheim: Illegal donations, taking advantage, bribery - new proceedings against Marcus Held. In: Allgemeine Zeitung. March 15, 2018, accessed March 29, 2020 .