Mariana Harder-Kühnel

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Mariana Harder-Kühnel, 2018

Mariana Iris Harder-Kühnel (born August 16, 1974 in Gelnhausen ) is a German politician ( AfD ) and lawyer . She is a member of the 19th German Bundestag .


After attending the Grimmelshausen Gymnasium in Gelnhausen , Mariana Harder-Kühnel studied law at the Justus Liebig University in Gießen from 1994 to 1999 . After her legal clerkship at the regional court of Giessen , she passed the second state examination in 2001. From 2002 to 2010 she worked as a lawyer at the auditing company Ernst & Young in Frankfurt am Main , and from 2010 to 2014 at the law firm Frenzel & Coll. and since 2015 with lawyers, notaries & tax consultants Kühnel-Spangenberg-Palige.

Mariana Harder-Kühnel is a Roman Catholic , married and has three children.


Rainer Rahn , Mariana Harder-Kühnel, Beatrix von Storch , Martin Hohmann 2018 in Neuhof

Political career

Harder-Kühnel became a member of the AfD in April 2013 and participated in the founding of the AfD district association Main-Kinzig. In the following years she was involved in several AfD party committees at the federal and state level. Among other things, she is the Hessian representative in the AfD Federal Convention, a founding member of the Federal Family Committee and spokeswoman for the State Family Committee. She is also federal delegate and spokeswoman for the state working group on families. She is also an honorary alderman in the district committee of the Main-Kinzig district .

At the beginning of November 2016, Harder-Kühnel was elected to number 1 on the state list for the 2017 federal election at the list party conference of members of the Hessian AfD in Hofheim am Taunus . In February 2017 she was elected by the Hessian AfD in Bad Soden-Salmünster as a direct candidate for the Bundestag constituency Main-Kinzig - Wetterau II - Schotten (constituency 175). Irregularities and mishaps in the elections for the AfD's list places in November 2016 (two people who were not entitled to participate) made it necessary to repeat the elections in mid-May 2017. Harder-Kühnel remained in first place on the state list (297 of 390 votes cast). She received 14.8 percent of the first votes in her constituency in the federal election ( Peter Tauber ( CDU ) 36.8 percent, Bettina Müller ( SPD ) 28.3 percent) and entered the Bundestag via the state list.

Harder-Kühnel is a full member and chairwoman of the Committee on Family, Seniors, Women and Youth in the 19th German Bundestag . She is also a deputy member of the Committee on Home Affairs and Home Affairs , the Subcommittee on Civic Engagement, and the Children's Commission.

Political positions

Harder-Kühnel's political positions are made up of the AfD's core issues: It warns against “ downplaying ongoing problems caused by migration ” and against “ political Islam ”. She also rejects " early sexualization " through educational classes for young people between the ages of twelve and thirteen, in particular education about same-sex partnerships for six-year-olds and about homosexual , bisexual and transsexuality for ten-year-olds, which are provided for in the new Hessian curriculum. Together with the AfD, she advocates a strict ban on advertising for abortions and calls for Germany to leave the euro area . She describes the establishment of environmental zones as "ideology-driven".

Classification within the AfD and connections to the right wing of the party

Harder-Kühnel is described as moderate overall within the AfD parliamentary group. According to the news magazine DER SPIEGEL shortly before her failed election as Bundestag vice-president, some members of the AfD parliamentary group criticized in March 2019 that Harder-Kühnel maintained close contacts with the nationalist “ wing ” around Björn Höcke , who was classified as a suspected case by the constitution protection at the time . The Tagesspiegel speculated whether the report was launched by Harder-Kühnel's internal party enemies “to harm her.” In addition, a former employee in her Bundestag office, Manfred Mattis, was a speaker at the Kassel Pegida spin-off Kagida and co-founder of the “Herkuleskreis” . In a photo from the state congress of the Hessian Young Alternative (JA) 2017, Harder-Kühnel can be seen next to Markus Frohnmaier and two other members of the JA in the house of the “right-wing Marburg Burschenschaft Germania”.

Failed election as Bundestag Vice-President

On November 6, 2018, Mariana Harder-Kühnel was nominated by the AfD parliamentary group in the German Bundestag as a candidate for the office of Bundestag Vice- President ; so she prevailed against Karsten Hilse . She was not elected in three ballots in the plenary on November 29, 2018, December 13, 2018 and April 4, 2019.

Web links

Commons : Mariana Harder-Kühnel  - Collection of images

Individual evidence

  1. Tagesspiegel - Election Special 2017: Mariana Harder-Kühnel
  2. AfD election campaign evening in the Propsteihaus - Federal spokesman Meuthen comes to Osthessen-Zeitung on August 25, 2017
  3. a b c AfD Hessen - candidate profile Mariana Harder-Kühnel ( Memento from August 26, 2017 in the Internet Archive )
  4. Lawyers, notaries & tax consultants Kühnel-Spangenberg-Palige: Mariana Harder-Kühnel ( Memento from September 11, 2017 in the Internet Archive )
  5. a b Harder-Kühnel (AfD) takes on Tauber at, on February 22, 2017
  6. AfD district association congratulates Harder-Kühnel on confirming the top candidate for the Bundestag election Erlensee aktuell, on May 16, 2017:
  7. ^ The Federal Returning Officer Map - Election to the 19th German Bundestag - constituency 175 - Main-Kinzig - Wetterau II - Schotten
  8. ^ The Federal Returning Officer for the 2017 federal election: Results: Constituency 175: Main-Kinzig - Wetterau II - Schotten
  9. ^ German Bundestag - Biographies. Retrieved June 11, 2020 .
  10. a b Hessenschau Interview: AfD top candidate: We make it harder for the government , on August 30, 2017, archived from the original
  11. ^ Deutsches Ärzteblatt: Heated debate in the Bundestag on the advertising ban on abortions on February 23, 2018
  12. The big controversy over the election of AfD woman Harder-Kühnel: “No Go” or “Affentheater”? , on
  13. Ann-Katrin Müller: Election of the Vice President of the Bundestag: AfD resistance against AfD candidate . In: Spiegel Online . April 4, 2019 ( [accessed April 4, 2019]).
  14. Now the AfD is finally going on a confrontational course , on
  15. Ann-Katrin Müller: Election of the Vice President of the Bundestag: AfD resistance against AfD candidate . In: Spiegel Online . April 4, 2019 ( [accessed April 4, 2019]).
  16. AFTER THE GLASER DEBACLE: AfD nominates a new Bundestag vice-candidate . In: BILD of November 6, 2018. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  17. Volker Müller: German Bundestag - Harder-Kühnel again not elected Vice-President of the Bundestag. Retrieved December 13, 2018 .
  18. AfD leaves the plenary hall after a failed vote. The daily mirror of April 4, 2019