Michael Theurer

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Michael Alexander Theurer (born January 12, 1967 in Tübingen ) is a German politician of the FDP and since 2017 a member of the German Bundestag and deputy FDP parliamentary group leader . Since November 2, 2013 he has been chairman of the FDP Baden-Württemberg and since December 2013 a member of the executive committee of the FDP federal party . From 1995 to August 2009 he was Lord Mayor of the city of Horb am Neckar , from 2001 to 2009 a member of the Baden-Württemberg state parliament and from 2009 to 2017 a member of the European Parliament .

Youth and Studies

Michael Theurer grew up in Horb, where he also attended elementary school. After graduating from the Martin-Gerbert-Gymnasium in 1986, he did his basic military service in the Bundeswehr in Calw until 1987 . From 1988 to 1990 Theurer worked as a volunteer at the Black Forest Bote in Oberndorf am Neckar . He then worked for a few months as the local editor of this newspaper in Schramberg , before starting to study economics at the Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen in October 1990 . He graduated in November 1995 with a degree in economics .

Political activities

In local politics

In 1983 Theurer joined the Young Liberals and the FDP. In 1989 he was elected to the municipal council of the city of Horb in the local elections, where he was chairman of the parliamentary group of the FDP and Free Voters (FD / FW) established by him until 1995. In December 1994 he was elected Lord Mayor of the city of Horb - before completing his studies. At the time, Theurer was 27 years old, making it Germany's youngest mayor. He held this office until his election to the European Parliament in 2009.

Theurer has also been a member of the Freudenstadt district council since 1999 , where he was chairman of the FDP / DVP district parliamentary group from 1999 to 2004. In 2004, 2009, 2014 and 2019 he was re-elected to the district council.

On May 25, 2014 he ran again for the municipal council of his hometown Horb am Neckar and was elected to this committee as the city's king of votes for the FD / FW list connection. In 2019, he no longer ran for the local council.

In state politics

From 1991 to 1994 Theurer was state chairman of the Young Liberals in Baden-Württemberg. In 1991 he was also elected to the regional executive committee of the FDP / DVP and in 1999 as deputy regional chairman of the FDP. After the FDP's poor performance in the 2011 state elections in Baden-Württemberg, he challenged Birgit Homburger , the long-time chairman of the state and at the time chairman of the FDP parliamentary group, but failed to prevail in the second ballot with 194 to 197 votes. On November 2, 2013 Theurer ran for the election of the chairmanship of the Baden-Württemberg FDP and was able to win the runoff election against the parliamentary group leader Hans-Ulrich Rülke with 199 to 188 votes.

In the 2001 state elections , Theurer was elected to the state parliament of Baden-Württemberg. During this legislative period, he was legal, media and European policy spokesman for the FDP parliamentary group and deputy chairman of the European committee of the Baden-Württemberg parliament. In 2006 he was re-elected in the Freudenstadt state electoral district with 19.8 percent of the vote, which made him the best result of the FDP nationwide. The FDP achieved a total of 10.8 percent. From 2006 to 2009 Theurer was deputy chairman of the FDP / DVP parliamentary group as well as the European committee of the Baden-Württemberg parliament.

Theurer at the state party conference of the FDP Baden-Württemberg in 2015

In European politics

In the 2009 European elections , Theurer ran for 8th place on the German FDP list for the European Parliament . The FDP achieved the best nationwide vote in the Freudenstadt district with 26.7 percent. After he was elected as a MEP, he had to resign as Lord Mayor of the city of Horb in August 2009. On August 31, 2009, he also resigned from his state parliament mandate. From 2011 he was deputy chairman of the FDP in the European Parliament and coordinator of the parliamentary group. In January 2012 Theurer became chairman of the Budgetary Control Committee of the European Parliament .

Theurer was chair of the delegation for relations with Australia and New Zealand (DANZ), member of the delegation for relations with China and deputy member of the delegation for relations with India.

In the European elections on May 25, 2014 , Theurer ran for second place on the nationwide FDP list and thus moved back into the European Parliament. In the Freudenstadt district, the FDP received 13 percent of the vote. For the second time in a row, she achieved the best nationwide result for the FDP in the European elections in a district.

From 2014 to 2016 he was a member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy. He was also a member of the Committee on Budgetary Control (CONT) and, until the end of his mandate in the European Parliament, of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON). Michael Theurer was also special rapporteur in the special committee on tax rulings and other measures of a similar nature and effect (TAXE 1) and of TAXE 2 (special committee on tax rulings and other measures of a similar nature and effect). The mandate of TAXE 1 ended on November 30, 2015 and was replaced by TAXE 2, which ended on August 2, 2016. Theurer was then on the investigation committee to examine alleged violations of Union law and abuses in the application of the same in connection with money laundering , tax avoidance and tax evasion , the " Panama Papers " (PANA).

In federal politics

Theurer was from 2003 to 2011 and has been a member of the federal executive committee of the FDP since May 2013 . Since the extraordinary federal party conference on 7./8. December 2013 Theurer is a member of the Presidium of the FDP federal party . There he is responsible for the areas of economy and labor as well as churches and religious communities.

Theurer ran for the 2017 Bundestag election as an FDP candidate in the Karlsruhe-Stadt constituency and was elected to the 19th German Bundestag as the top candidate on the FDP state list .

On October 20, 2017, he was elected deputy chairman of the FDP parliamentary group. He is responsible for the policy area “Getting ahead through personal performance”. This includes the Bundestag committees for economy and energy, labor and social affairs, health and tourism.

In 2018, Theurer demanded that the charitable nature of Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH) be put to the test after it had enforced driving bans for diesel vehicles because limit values ​​were exceeded. With its campaigns based on “extremely questionable measured values”, the DUH had “punched through” driving bans and thus cold expropriations for millions of diesel drivers.

In May 2020, Theurer invited Boris Palmer , who had just been asked to quit the party by the state board of the Baden-Württemberg Greens because of controversial statements during the COVID-19 pandemic in Germany, to join the FDP. Party leader Lindner rejected this.

Society and volunteering

Theurer is involved in numerous social institutions on a voluntary basis. He is a member of the board of directors of the Reinhold Maier Foundation and was the founding chairman of the sponsoring and support association “ Former Synagogue Rexingen e. V. “, which u. a. set the task of documenting the Jewish history of the former rabbinate Muehringen / Horb. He was a member of the Presidium of the Europa-Union Deutschland e. V., which works for a federal Europe and the European unification process. Michael Theurer was also deputy chairman of the European Parliamentary Society. From 2001 to 2009 he was the first chairman of the Gäu-Neckar-Bodensee-Bahn interest group, which is committed to expanding the Gäu Railway . In 2009 Theurer founded the Danube Forum with members of various parliamentary groups, of which he is deputy chairman. Around 60 MEPs now belong to this network. Two years later, Theurer received a teaching position at the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University in Lörrach , where he regularly lectures on current political issues in Europe.


Theurer has been married to his long-term partner Antje Giede-Jeppe since 2016. He has a child.

Fonts (selection)

  • Democracy and Internet , In: Doering, Detmar; Eckner, Constantin; Hentrich, Steffen; Liermann, Susanne; Schuster, Dirk (Ed.): Democracy in Europe. Liberal Perspectives, 2013, ISBN 978-3828831124
  • Success is achieved if you can do the internet! , in: Mike Friedrichsen, Roland A. Kohn (Eds.): Digital Policy Mediation, Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden 2014, ISBN 978-3-658-06570-6
  • Property formation or redistribution - The crucial question of politics, in: Heinrich Beyer, Hans-Jörg Naumer (Ed.): CSR and employee participation: Capital participation in the 21st century, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2018, ISBN 9783662575994


Web links

Commons : Michael Theurer  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Rüdiger Soldt: " No more nonsense" , Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung of November 2, 2013.
  2. ^ New chairman of the EP budgetary control committee: Michael Theurer. Network EBD, January 24, 2012, accessed January 24, 2012 .
  3. a b c Michael THEURER | Home | MPs | European Parliament. In: www.europarl.europa.eu. Retrieved October 7, 2016 .
  4. ^ Website of the European Parliament
  5. Highlights | Home | TAX2 | Committees | European Parliament. In: www.europarl.europa.eu. Retrieved October 7, 2016 .
  6. Of Special Interest | Home | TAX2 | Committees | European Parliament. Retrieved July 19, 2018 .
  7. ^ FDP: Decision of the federal executive committee of the FDP, Berlin. May 15, 2017, accessed on July 19, 2018 (German).
  8. ^ FDP parliamentary group: Further personnel decisions. Accessed January 31, 2018 .
  9. Doubts about non-profit status: Umwelthilfe defends itself against CDU . In: Spiegel Online . November 19, 2018 ( spiegel.de [accessed November 26, 2018]).
  10. FDP advertises Boris Palmer FAZ from May 10, 2020
  11. Kemmerich at anti-corona demo, Theurer woos Boris Palmer: FAZ senses a change of course at the FDP epochtimes.de from May 12, 2020
  12. Black Forest Bote, Oberndorf, Germany: Horb a. N .: Michael Theurer is under the hood - Horb am Neckar - Black Forest messenger. In: www.schwarzwaelder-bote.de. Retrieved October 7, 2016 .