Rolf Mützenich

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Rolf Mützenich in the Bundestag (Photo: 2020)

Rolf Mützenich (born June 25, 1959 in Cologne ) is a German politician ( SPD ). After the resignation of Andrea Nahles , he initially took over as the longest-serving deputy on June 4, 2019 provisional chairmanship of the SPD parliamentary group until he was elected chairman on September 24.

Origin, studies and private matters

After graduating from high school in 1978, Mützenich, son of a working-class family, began studying political science , history and economics in 1979 , which he completed in 1990 with a degree in political science. In addition to his studies, he organized election campaigns and their office work for members of the state and Bundestag in Cologne. For example for Konrad Gilges , his immediate predecessor in the constituency. In 1991 he received his doctorate as Dr. rer. pole. at the University of Bremen with the work Nuclear Weapon Free Zones and International Politics - historical experiences, framework conditions, perspectives .

Rolf Mützenich is married and has two children.

Political career

State Politics (1991 to 2002)

After obtaining his doctorate in 1991, Mützenich joined the Ministry of Labor, Health and Social Affairs of North Rhine-Westphalia as a consultant . From 1993 he worked as a research assistant for the SPD parliamentary group in the state parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia until he returned to the Ministry of Labor, Health and Social Affairs of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia in 1998 as head of the department for fundamental issues of state social policy. From 2001 to 2002 he was finally head of the office of the North Rhine-Westphalian state parliament president Ulrich Schmidt .

Member of the Bundestag (since 2002) and parliamentary group leader (since 2019)

Mützenich has been a member of the German Bundestag since 2002 . From January to November 2005 he was the spokesman for the “Disarmament and Arms Control” working group of the SPD parliamentary group . In the parliamentary group he belongs to the parliamentary left . From 2009 to 2013 he was the foreign policy spokesman for the SPD parliamentary group, and since December 2013 he has been the deputy group chairman for foreign, defense and human rights policy. Mützenich took over the provisional chairmanship of the SPD parliamentary group on June 4, 2019 for the resigned Andrea Nahles . On August 9, 2019, he announced that he wanted to take over this post permanently. He was elected chairman on September 24 with 97.7%.

From November 2005 to November 2009 Mützenich was chairman of the German- Iranian parliamentary group and spokesman for the SPD parliamentary group discussion group “ Near and Middle East ”. From 2009 to 2013 he was chairman of the German-Japanese parliamentary group. He is also an honorary member of the board of directors of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation , of the Foundation Council of the Science and Politics Foundation (SWP) in Berlin and chairman of the board of trustees of the Max Planck Institute for Social Research in Cologne.

Rolf Mützenich has always entered the Bundestag as a directly elected member of the Cologne III constituency . In the 2009 Bundestag election , he achieved 35.9% of the first votes , in the 2013 Bundestag election 39.32% and in the 2017 Bundestag election 32.3%.

Political party

As a child he was with the falcons and as a schoolboy Mützenich became a member of the SPD at the age of 16 in 1975. He was initially involved with the Jusos and was most recently deputy chairman in the Cologne sub-district. From 1989 to 1993 Mützenich was a member of the security policy commission of the SPD federal executive and from 2001 to 2005 of the federal control commission of the SJD - Die Falken .

Web links

Commons : Rolf Mützenich  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

  1. Press release: Rolf Mützenich elected chairman. SPD parliamentary group, September 24, 2019, accessed on September 24, 2019 .
  2. Wolfgang Michal: Stubborn for relaxation, Friday, No. 20, May 14, 2020, p. 2.
  3. ^ Members of the parliamentary left. Retrieved June 9, 2018 .
  4. a b Mützenich, Dr. Rolf . In: German Bundestag . ( [accessed on November 14, 2016]).
  5. parliamentary group . In: SPD parliamentary group . January 12, 2012 ( [accessed November 14, 2016]).
  6. ^ German Bundestag: Web archive. Retrieved February 10, 2020 .
  7. ^ German-Japanese parliamentary group ( Memento from November 2, 2013 in the Internet Archive )
  8. ^ Rolf Mützenich website
  9. ^ City of Cologne: Bundestag election 2013 ( Memento from January 5, 2014 in the Internet Archive )
  10. Internet presence of the Federal Returning Officer ( Memento from September 26, 2017 in the Internet Archive )
  11. werk21: Professional and political career. September 22, 2016, accessed August 9, 2019 .