Norbert Lammert

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Norbert Lammert (* 16th November 1948 in Bochum ) is a German politician of the CDU . After starting out in local politics , he was a member of the German Bundestag from 1980 to 2017 and was Parliamentary State Secretary from 1989 to 1998 . From 2002 he was Vice President and from 2005 to 2017 President of the Bundestag . Lammert has been Chairman of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation since January 1, 2018 .


Lammert is the first of seven children of the master baker Ferdinand Lammert and his wife Hildegard. From 1959 to 1967 he attended the ancient-language-humanistic grammar school at Ostring in Bochum. After graduating from high school in 1967, he did his military service with the artillery troops in Ahlen and Dülmen from 1967 to 1969 .

From 1969 to 1972 he studied on a scholarship from the Cusanuswerk political science , sociology , modern history and social economics at the University of Bochum and for one semester at the University of Oxford (1971); he graduated in 1972 as a graduate social scientist. In 1975 he was at the social science faculty at the University of Bochum with the dissertation regional Importance and not regional organizational structures in the decision-making process of political parties at lower organizational level ( DNB 118,003,674 ) for Dr. rer. soc. PhD. His supervisor was Erwin Faul . The doctoral thesis was published in 1976 at the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung under the title Local Organizational Structures of Internal Party Will Formation - Case Study Using the Example of a CDU District Association in the Ruhr Area .

From 1984 to 1991 Lammert worked as a freelance lecturer in adult and further education, from 1983 to 1989 he was a lecturer in political science at the Bochum University of Applied Sciences (Economics Department) and the Hagen University of Applied Sciences (Public Administration Department).

Lammert has been teaching at the Ruhr University Bochum since 2004 , where he has been an honorary professor since 2008 .

Party career

Lammert joined the Junge Union in 1964 and became a member of the CDU in 1966. In 1975 he was elected to the Bochum city council, where he remained a councilor until 1980. From 1978 to 1984 he was also deputy state chairman of the Junge Union in Westphalia - Lippe . From 1986 to 2008 he was a member of the CDU state executive committee of North Rhine-Westphalia and from 1986 to 2008 chairman of the CDU district association of the Ruhr area , of which he has been honorary chairman since then.

For the state elections in North Rhine-Westphalia in 1995 he applied for the top candidacy of the CDU, but was defeated by Helmut Linssen in a member's decision . Lammert was a member of the presidium of the CDU .

On December 1, 2017, Lammert was elected as the successor to Hans-Gert Pöttering as chairman of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung .

Member of Parliament

Lammert had been a member of the German Bundestag since 1980 . From 1983 to 1989 he was deputy chairman of the committee on electoral review, immunity and rules of procedure . From 1996 to 2006 he was chairman of the North Rhine-Westphalia regional group in the CDU / CSU parliamentary group and from 1998 to 2002 he was the cultural and media policy spokesman for the CDU / CSU parliamentary group.

Norbert Lammert in the German Bundestag , 2014

On October 17, 2002 Lammert was elected one of the Vice Presidents of the German Bundestag. After the Bundestag election in 2005 , the CDU / CSU parliamentary group unanimously nominated him for the office of Bundestag President on October 11, 2005 . In the constituent session of the 16th German Bundestag on October 18, 2005, Lammert was elected President of the Bundestag with 564 of 606 votes (93.1% of the valid votes) in the first ballot. This was the best election result of a federal president in the first election and the overall second best result for a candidate to Hermann Ehlers 1953 (95.8% = 467/487).

At the constituent session of the 17th German Bundestag on October 27, 2009, Lammert was confirmed in his office with 84.6% of the valid votes in the first ballot. Lammert is always on the national list of the CDU North Rhine-Westphalia pulled into the Bundestag. In the general election in 2013 re-elected, he was confirmed at the inaugural session of the 18th German Bundestag on 22 October 2013 with 94.6% of the valid votes as President of the Bundestag.

Lammert is the first President of the Bundestag to chair a Federal Assembly four times (2009, 2010 , 2012 and 2017 ). In addition, Lammert is - although Eugen Gerstenmaier served a total of two years longer - the only President of the Bundestag who has held the office for three full legislative periods.

In October 2016, Lammert announced that he would no longer run in the 2017 federal election . He gave his last speech there on September 5, 2017 and left parliament at the end of the 18th Bundestag.

Public offices

On April 21, 1989 Lammert was as Parliamentary Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Education and Science in the of Chancellor Helmut Kohl led government appointed. After the Bundestag election in 1994 , he changed to the Federal Minister of Economics on November 17, 1994 in the same function .

Among other things, he served as coordinator of the federal government for the Aerospace and Space charge. He remained responsible for this area when he moved to the Ministry of Transport in mid-May 1997 .

After the 1998 federal election , Lammert left the federal government on October 26th.

Other engagement

Lammert has been a "neutral member" of the Ruhrkohle AG supervisory board since 2004 . He forwards the remuneration in full to the non-profit Norbert Lammert Foundation administered by the CDU-affiliated Konrad Adenauer Foundation . He is a member of the Senate of the German National Foundation .

On April 23, 2016, he was appointed ambassador for German beer by the German Brewers' Association .

He supports the proposed inclusion of the German language as the national language in the Basic Law .

Plagiarism allegation

In July 2013, a blogger using the pseudonym Robert Schmidt raised the charge of scientific misconduct in Lammert's dissertation. Lammert then put a digitized version of the dissertation on the Internet and asked Ruhr-Universität Bochum to check it.

In November 2013, the Ruhr University Bochum declared that the plagiarism allegations against Lammert were not justified. Although the dissertation contained avoidable citation errors, there was no scientific misconduct. A procedure for the revocation of the doctorate will not be initiated.


Norbert Lammert has been married to Gertrud Lammert since 1971, who worked as a teacher for German and the Catholic religion. The Lammerts have four children (two are adopted from Brazil and India); they live in Berlin, Bochum and Überlingen on Lake Constance.


On March 10, 2006, as President of the Bundestag, Lammert decided, in view of a complaint by several members of the Bundestag at the Federal Constitutional Court , not to publish the information on secondary employment or additional income that is required to be published under the Code of Conduct of the 16th German Bundestag at this point in time, but later. After criticism, the Bundestag published all secondary activities of its members on July 5, 2007, after the Federal Constitutional Court had dismissed the complaint the day before.

In connection with a planned increase in the diets of members of the Bundestag, the Bild-Zeitung launched a campaign against Lammert. The Council of Elders of the German Bundestag stood united behind the President.

Lammert came under fire in August 2007 for forwarding criminal charges and criminal prosecution authorizations to public prosecutors without including the fears formulated in writing by Siegfried Kauder and Max Stadler that the freedom of the press could be impaired by proceedings against journalists. The proceedings of several public prosecutors against journalists concerned the publication of allegedly secret files from the committee investigating alleged spying of journalists by the BND . Critics feared that the investigation would invalidate journalists' right to refuse to testify .

Lammert was named as a possible successor in June 2010 after the resignation of Federal President Horst Köhler . In this context, Die Zeit characterized him as an intellectual who annoyed Chancellor Merkel "as the guardian of parliamentary sovereignty and gained respect in all political camps as President of the Bundestag". After Joachim Gauck announced in June 2016 for the election of the President of Germany in 2017 not to run, Lammert was once again as a possible candidate for the office of president in an interview. On November 2, 2016, Lammert denied speculation about a possible candidacy in a special edition of the program Unter den Linden : “I have no doubt that there are a number of women and men who, in my firm belief, hold this office in every respect can fill out. And among them there is sure to be someone who would like to do it. And I'm not one of them. "


In autumn 2010, Lammert criticized the Chancellor for extending the service life of German nuclear power plants, which she was advocating at the time . Merkel revised it six months later under the impression of the nuclear disaster in Fukushima and instead announced the nuclear phase-out and an energy turnaround .

In a conversation with the Financial Times Deutschland in February 2012, Lammert expressed doubts about the tight schedule for the parliamentary decision on further loans for Greece in the national debt crisis there . This statement caused a stir.

After the federal election in 2013 and his renewed election as President of the Bundestag, Lammert criticized a decline in quality on German television and questioned the system of state license fees.

Together with the taxpayers' association , Lammert is committed to reducing the number of members of the Bundestag, as the increasing number of overhang and compensation mandates has led to an explosion in costs .


Numerous awards (orders and medals of merit) from foreign countries, etc. a. France, Italy, Greece, Belgium, Hungary, Brazil, Philippines.

Fonts (selection)

  • Unity. And right. And freedom. 20 views of our country. Herder, Freiburg 2010, ISBN 978-3-451-32509-0 .
  • Our state. Our history. Our culture: responsibility for the past and the future. Herder, Freiburg 2017, ISBN 978-3-451-06898-0 .
  • “Pater Noster - Our Father”, new translation of the Lord's Prayer , set to music by Stefan Heucke .
  • Local organizational structures for decision-making within the party. Case study using the example of a CDU district association in the Ruhr area. Eichholz, Bonn 1976, ISBN 3-87198-025-0 (dissertation).
  • Who represents the people? Suhrkamp, ​​Berlin 2017, ISBN 978-3518468876 .
  • Democracy needs democrats. Freedom means responsibility. St. Benno Verlag, May 2019, ISBN 978-3746254722


The full texts of many speeches are available at


  • Manfred Speck: Bundestag Vice President Norbert Lammert. In: Rupert Schick (Ed.): The President of the Bundestag. Office - functions - people. 15th electoral term, edited by Michael F. Feldkamp . Olzog, Munich 2003, ISBN 3-7892-8128-X , pp. 181-186.
  • Henning Krumrey : President of the Bundestag Norbert Lammert. In: Michael F. Feldkamp (Ed.): The President of the Bundestag. Office - function - person. 16th legislative term. Olzog, Munich 2007, ISBN 978-3-7892-8201-0 , pp. 159-171.

Web links

Commons : Norbert Lammert  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. David Maass: Norbert Lammert. In: History of the CDU , Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung , 2018.
  2. ^ President of the German Bundestag: Lammert, Norbert. In: Bayerischer Rundfunk , November 6, 2012.
  3. David Maass: Norbert Lammert. In: History of the CDU , Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung .
  4. Lammert new chairman of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. Spiegel Online, December 1, 2017.
  5. Lammert is no longer running for the Bundestag. In: , October 17, 2016.
  6. Lammert defends supervisory board mandate at RAG. In: Rheinische Post , March 28, 2006.
  7. See also the Norbert Lammert Foundation. In: Konrad Adenauer Foundation .
  8. Heike Jahberg: Norbert Lammert becomes beer ambassador: In office and dignity. In: Der Tagesspiegel , June 7, 2016.
  9. Lammert wants to anchor German in the Basic Law. In: Rheinische Post , July 28, 2010; Carolin Wollschied: German as the national language. “Do you need it?” In: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung , March 2, 2018.
  10. Blog lammertplag on
  11. ↑ The President of the Bundestag has checked: Plagiarism allegation against Lammert. In: , July 29, 2013. See doctoral thesis (PDF file, 23.8 MB).
  12. No plagiarism proceedings against Lammert. In: , November 6, 2013.
  13. The withdrawal can wait. Retrieved July 12, 2020 .
  14. Norbert Lammert: The man who does not want to become Federal President. In: Süddeutsche Zeitung , October 20, 2016.
  15. ^ German Bundestag : After lawsuits in Karlsruhe: Publication on MdB income is to be suspended ( Memento of April 26, 2008 in the Internet Archive ), March 10, 2006.
  16. German Bundestag: Bundestag publishes secondary activities of members of parliament ( Memento of July 15, 2007 in the Internet Archive ), July 5, 2007.
  17. Federal Constitutional Court: Complaint by members of parliament against disclosure of income unsuccessful. Press release No. 73/2007 of July 4, 2007. Accessed March 3, 2018 .
  18. "Bild" takes revenge on the President of the Bundestag. In: Bildblog , March 27, 2006.
  19. ^ German Bundestag: Council of Elders rejects attacks on the President of the Bundestag , March 30, 2006.
  20. Joachim Wagner: Criticism of the investigation against journalists . In: Tagesthemen , August 3, 2007.
  21. Christian Bangel: Wulff's freestyle leads from chaos to standstill. In: Zeit Online , June 4, 2010.
  22. CDU thinks about Norbert Lammert. In: Spiegel Online , June 4, 2016.
  23. The accident. In: Spiegel Online , August 1, 2010.
  24. Lammert doubts the timetable for the rescue of Greece ( memento of February 15, 2012 in the Internet Archive ). In: , February 14, 2012.
  25. ^ Lammert doubts the timetable for the rescue of the Greeks. In: Spiegel Online , February 14, 2012.
  26. Lammert reprimands loss of quality on television. In: Spiegel Online , October 26, 2013.
  27. Overhang and compensatory mandates lead to mega-Bundestag. In: Welt Online , August 3, 2017.
  28. Federal Gazette No. 214 of November 16, 2007, p. 8029.
  29. ^ Tense silence: an honor as a warning. In: Rheinische Post , December 9, 2007.
  30. ^ State Chancellery of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia: Prime Minister Jürgen Rüttgers awards the Order of Merit of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia to ten citizens , February 18, 2008
  31. Lammert now "Citizens of the Ruhr Area". In: DerWesten , May 12, 2010.
  32. Bundestag President Norbert Lammert elected honorary member of the German Music Council
  33. ^ Norbert Lammert receives Dolf Sternberger Prize 2010 , November 8, 2010.
  34. Börsenverein honors Norbert Lammert , May 18, 2011
  35. Bernard Accoyer remet les insignes de Commandeur de la Légion d'honneur au président du Bundestag ( French ) February 2, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2013.
  36. Abroad in brief. (First report) In: FAZ, February 2, 2011, p. 6
  37. ^ Berliner Morgenpost - Berlin: Norbert Lammert receives prize from the German Society . ( [accessed December 11, 2017]).
  38. Decree of the President of Ukraine No. 250/2017 of August 23, 2017 ; accessed on September 3, 2017 (Ukrainian)
  39. Norbert Lammert receives Ecumenical Sermon Award 2017 ,, accessed on November 25, 2017.
  40. Lars von der Gönna: Lammert's Our Father - "First the heart, then the mind". In: WAZ , November 9, 2010.
  41. ^ Review at
  42. ^ Speeches by Lammert .