Matthias Roessler

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Dr.  Matthias Rößler, President of the Saxon State Parliament
Matthias Rößler, 2018

Matthias Erich Rößler (born January 14, 1955 in Dresden ) is a German politician ( CDU ). He has been a member of the Saxon state parliament since 1990 and was a member of the Saxon state government from 1994 to 2004, initially as a culture and then as minister of science and art . He has been President of the Saxon State Parliament since 2009.


The son of a self-employed master gardener from Cossebaude attended school in his home village. As the son of a large family, he was delegated to the EOS Romain Rolland , today's Romain-Rolland-Gymnasium Dresden , where he graduated from high school in 1973, despite attending the Christian doctrine and refusing to join the socialist youth organizations . Despite an average Abitur of 1.0, he was refused entry into ethnology due to his “wrong” worldview and a technical degree was suggested. After completing his basic military service in the National People's Army (NVA), he began studying mechanical engineering at the TU Dresden in 1975 , which he completed with a diploma in 1979. He then worked as a research assistant at the University of Transport in Dresden. There he received his doctorate in 1983 with the subject of experimental investigations of characteristic flow phenomena in a special straight grid with a highly turbulent flow as a Dr.-Ing. in the field of flow and model technology. After an assistantship at the traffic college, he was from 1985 to 1990 development engineer and head of a research group in the combine locomotive construction electrical engineering works Hans Beimler Hennigsdorf . At the same time he worked since 1989 at the Academy of Sciences on topics of basic research. He is the owner of several used patents and author of several scientific publications.

In the German discussion of patriotism he made a name for himself as the editor of the volume Unity and Law and Freedom - German Patriotism in Europe .

Matthias Rößler has been married since 1979 and has two sons. He lives in Dresden-Cossebaude.


Roessler's political career began in 1989 during the peaceful revolution .

Working during the peaceful revolution

Rößler joined the opposition movement Democratic Awakening in 1989 . He took on functions in the central party executive in Berlin and was the party's spokesman for science policy. At the same time he was a member of the State Executive Committee of Saxony, which he represented at the round table of the Dresden district. In this context, an attack is said to have been carried out on him. He was a member of the coordination committee for the re-establishment of the Free State of Saxony, as well as state structure officer and head of the "Kultus" task force. As head of the “Science and Education” or “University and Science” commission of the Saxony / Baden-Württemberg Mixed Commission, Rößler was involved in the formation of the Ministry of Culture of the Free State of Saxony. In October 1990 he became a member of the CDU. He was one of the initiators for founding the Hannah Arendt Institute for Totalitarian Research in Dresden, in which totalitarian structures and their effects on people and society are researched.

Government activity

From September 1994 to April 2002 Rößler was Saxon Minister of State for Culture . In this role, he also chaired the German Conference of Sports Ministers from 1995 to 1996 . From April 18, 2002 to November 10, 2004 he was Saxon State Minister for Science and Art .

Member of Parliament

Rößler has been a member of parliament since the first legislative period of the re-established Saxon state parliament. From 1990 to 1994 he was science policy spokesman for the CDU parliamentary group. From 2005 to 2007 he represented his parliamentary group as chairman in the “Demographic Development” commission of inquiry of the Saxon state parliament. From 2006 to 2009 Rößler was the financial policy spokesman for the CDU parliamentary group, and from 2008 to 2009 he was deputy parliamentary group chairman. On September 16, 2009 he was nominated by the CDU parliamentary group in Saxony to succeed Erich Iltgen , President of the State Parliament , and elected to this office on September 29 with 82 votes from the 132 parliamentarians. On September 29, 2014, Rößler was confirmed in this office with 73 votes from the 126 parliamentarians. On October 1, 2019, the MPs elected Rößler for the third time as President of the Saxon State Parliament. 87 of the 119 MPs voted for him.

Rößler moved into the state parliament as a directly elected member , since 2004 continuously for the constituency of Meißen 4 ( Coswig , Moritzburg , Radebeul ).

Functions in the Union

Matthias Rößler is a member of the state executive committee of the CDU Saxony . From 1991 to 2009 he was district chairman of the CDU Meißen. From 2006 to 2007 he was a member of the Federal Party's policy committee.

Other activities

From 2006 to 2007, Rößler headed the study commission consequences of the PISA study for Hamburg's school development as chairman of the citizens of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg on the reform of the school system. From December 1, 2006 to October 14, 2007, he was a member of the administrative board of Landesbank Sachsen . From 2007 to 2009 he was a deputy member and representative of the German state parliaments at the federalism commission of the federal government and the states for the reorganization of financial relations.

Other engagement

Rößler is honorary president of the board of trustees for the day of the Saxons . The Day of Saxony is the largest public and club festival in the Free State, which takes place annually on the first weekend in September in another Saxon city. Rößler is a deputy chairman of the foundation council of the Frauenkirche foundation . He is also chairman of the Central Europe Forum Board of Trustees at the Saxon State Parliament. The Central Europe Forum was launched in 2011 by Rößler as a new form of political communication and to complement the political discourse in Central Europe. Furthermore, Rößler acts as chairman of the scientific advisory board of the Archaeological Society in Saxony e. V. He was also committed to German-American relations in the Atlantic Bridge and in the Petersburg Dialogue . To this end, the Schloss Wackerbarth Future Forum takes place every year with Russian politicians and experts. From 2015 to 2019 Rößler was President of the Landestourismusverband Sachsen e. V.


On May 26, 2005, Erich Iltgen, President of the State Parliament at the time, awarded him the Saxon Constitutional Medal for "helping to shape the main features of Saxon education policy" . Since he was elected President of the State Parliament, he has been an ex officio holder of the Saxon Order of Merit . For his European commitment, which particularly addresses his initiative to found the “Forum Central Europe at the Saxon State Parliament”, Governor Johanna Mikl-Leitner awarded him the Golden Commander's Cross with the Star of Honor for Services to the State of Lower Austria on April 28, 2017 . On October 30, 2017, Roessler received the "Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of Hungary" . Ambassador Péter Györkös presented him with the medal with which “his exemplary work in promoting Hungarian-German and Hungarian-Saxon relations and strengthening the good reputation of Hungary” was recognized. Rößler is involved in the Central Europe Forum for close and good relations between Saxony and the Eastern European countries.


  • We didn't want any other GDR. In: Eckhard Jesse : Peaceful Revolution and German Unity - Saxon civil rights activists take stock. Ch. Links, Berlin 2006, pp. 196-209, pp. 266-268, ISBN 978-3-86153-379-5 .
  • Blooming landscapes - a visible sign of improved quality of life . In: Dagmar Schipanski , Bernhard Vogel : Thirty theses on German unity. Herder, Freiburg 2009, ISBN 978-3-451-30342-5 , pp. 172-181.
  • Patriotism, Nation and Social Cohesion . In: the same: Unity and Law and Freedom - German Patriotism in Europe. Herder, Freiburg 2006, ISBN 978-3-451-23032-5 .


Web links

Commons : Matthias Rößler  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Lecture by the President of the State Parliament on the introduction to the conference “20 Years of the Free State of Saxony. Traditions and Perspectives ", p. 8. Online (PDF; 61kB)
  2. Parliament elects Dr. Matthias Rößler as President of the State Parliament again. Saxon State Parliament, October 1, 2019, accessed on January 2, 2020 .
  3. Andreas Debski: Matthias Rößler is again the President of Saxony's state parliament - and now has three deputies. In: October 1, 2019, accessed January 2, 2020 .
  4. CITIZENSHIP OF THE FREE AND HANSESTADT HAMBURG: Report of the study commission. (PDF) CITIZENSHIP OF THE FREE AND HANSEAL CITY HAMBURG, accessed on February 17, 2017 .
  5. Communication and Public Relations Department: Greetings from Dr. Matthias Rößler - Day of the Saxons - Retrieved February 17, 2017 .
  6. ^ Foundation Frauenkirche Dresden: Committees - Frauenkirche Dresden. Retrieved February 17, 2017 .
  7. ^ Forum Central Europe at the Saxon State Parliament. Retrieved February 21, 2017 .
  8. Imprint: Website of the Archaeological Society in Saxony eV Accessed on February 17, 2017 .
  9. Matthias Rößler gives up tourism office. Retrieved March 7, 2019 .
  10. Press release of May 26, 2006: Honor for services to the Free State - Landtag President Erich Iltgen honors seven citizens with the Saxon Constitutional Medal 2005 ( Memento of August 3, 2012 in the web archive ), accessed on March 25, 2018
  11. State Parliament President Dr. Rößler receives “Golden Commander Cross with Star” from the federal state of Lower Austria , notification from the Saxon state parliament.
  12. State Parliament President Dr. Rößler receives "Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of Hungary" - award for commitment to German-Hungarian relations. Retrieved November 8, 2017 .