Petra Pau

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Petra Pau (2018)

Petra Angelika Pau (born August 9, 1963 in Berlin , GDR ) is a German politician ( Die Linke ). She has been Vice President of the German Bundestag since 2006 .

Life and work

Petra Pau was born in 1963 as the daughter of a bricklayer in East Berlin. After attending a general polytechnic secondary school she started in 1979, a professional education at the Central Institute of the Pioneer Organization "Ernst Thalmann" (ZIPO) in Droyßig they 1983 as Friendship pioneer director and as lower grade teacher for German and art education completed. Petra Pau worked in the profession she had learned until 1985. Then she began studying at the Karl Marx party college (PHS) in Berlin, which she graduated in 1988 with a degree in social science. Until 1990 she was an employee of the Central Council of the FDJ , which she handled after reunification . She was unemployed until 1991.

Pau is baptized and confirmed as a Protestant . She now describes herself as non-denominational. She has been married to the mathematician Michael Wolff since 1994.

Party memberships

In 1983 Pau became a member of the SED . From January to October 1991 she was chairwoman of the PDS district association Berlin-Hellersdorf and then deputy PDS state chairwoman in Berlin. When André Brie had to resign because of his secret Stasi past, Pau was elected regional chairman of the Berlin PDS in October 1992. She held this office until December 2001, from 2000 to 2002 she was also deputy PDS federal chairwoman . Within her party, Pau belongs to the so-called reform left and was also long spokeswoman for the Federal Working Group on Civil Rights and Democracy .

Petra Pau in the 2013 federal election


Pau was a member of the district assembly of Berlin-Hellersdorf from 1990 to 1995 and of the Berlin House of Representatives from 1995 to 1998 . In the 1998 Bundestag election she won the direct mandate for the German Bundestag in the Berlin-Mitte - Prenzlauer Berg constituency against Wolfgang Thierse , the SPD candidate , and Marianne Birthler , the candidate for Alliance 90 / The Greens . Pau also moved into the Bundestag as a directly elected member of the Bundestag and, like Gesine Lötzsch , remained a member of the Bundestag as a directly elected but non-attached member after the PDS failed to pass the five percent hurdle in the 2002 Bundestag election . In the Bundestag constituency of Berlin-Marzahn - Hellersdorf, Petra Pau received 42.6 percent of the first votes in the 2005 Bundestag election, 47.8 percent in the 2009 Bundestag election, 38.9 percent in the 2013 Bundestag election and 34.2 percent in the 2017 Bundestag election .

From October 2000 to October 2002 Pau was also deputy chairman of the PDS parliamentary group . Since October 2005 she has been a member of the executive committee of the left-wing parliamentary group in the Bundestag, and from 2005 to 2008 she was also the deputy chairman of the parliamentary group. From 2005 to 2008 she headed the parliamentary group civil rights and democracy .

Petra Pau as Vice President of the Bundestag (2019)

On April 7, 2006, Pau was elected Vice President of the German Bundestag after the original candidate of the left-wing parliamentary group, Lothar Bisky , failed to achieve the required number of votes in four ballots. On October 27, 2009, Pau was confirmed in this position in the 17th German Bundestag, on October 22, 2013 in the 18th German Bundestag and on October 24, 2017 in the 19th German Bundestag.

From 2010 to 2015 Petra Pau suffered from spasmodic dysphonia , a disease of the voice.

Pau was the chairwoman of the Left in the NSU investigative committees of the Bundestag that were set up between 2012 and 2017 .

Political positions and controversies

There was widespread public criticism that in November 2006, as Vice President of the Bundestag, Pau published an obituary notice for the former head of the GDR State Security Intelligence Headquarters , Markus Wolf .

In January 2012 it became known that as part of the observation of the party Die Linke by the protection of the constitution , Petra Pau was also one of 27 members of the Bundestag of the Left under observation by the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution , which was criticized by politicians from all parliamentary groups .

In December 2014, Pau received over 40 death threats due to her commitment to refugees and against the protests against a refugee home in the Marzahn-Hellersdorf district, which were significantly influenced by neo-Nazis . Your home address was published in the context. At the beginning of March 2015 she was threatened in a demonstration by the self-proclaimed "Marzahn Citizens' Movement" in front of her apartment in front of the police.



Web links

Commons : Petra Pau  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b Petra Pau reveals her uncoated secrets. In: Berliner Kurier .
  2. biography. In:
  3. ^ Andreas Schäfer, Elke Schäfer: Religious Affiliation of the Bundestag, 17th electoral period, 2009 ff. ( Memento from May 14, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) Research Group Weltanschauungen in Germany , April 3, 2014 (PDF; 320 kB).
  4. Berlin internally. In:
  5. Miriam Hollstein: Left Politician: When Petra Pau suddenly lost her voice. In: Die Welt , December 10, 2012; Louis Lewitan : Petra Pau: "I was dumb and desperate". In: Die Zeit , Interview, May 29, 2017.
  6. Holger Schmale: Conflict over obituary notice for Markus Wolf . In: Berliner Zeitung , December 16, 2006.
  7. ^ Secret service: The protection of the constitution observes 27 left-wing MPs. In: Spiegel Online. January 22, 2012, accessed October 26, 2013 .
  8. Criticism of observation of the Left Party by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution: Monitoring of MPs “unbearable”. In: . January 22, 2012, archived from the original on January 16, 2013 ; Retrieved October 26, 2013 .
  9. ^ Matthias Meisner: Because of commitment to refugee home: Left-wing politician Petra Pau threatened with death by neo-Nazis . In: Der Tagesspiegel , December 12, 2014.
  10. Petra Pau: Hate demo with the permission of the police. In: Frankfurter Rundschau , March 15, 2015