Susanne Hennig-Wellsow

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Susanne Hennig-Wellsow (2019)

Susanne Hennig-Wellsow (born October 13, 1977 in Demmin , née Hennig) is a German politician ( Die Linke ). Since 2004 she has been a member of the Thuringian state parliament . She has been the state chairwoman of Die Linke Thuringia since 2013 and also chairwoman of the parliamentary group in the Thuringian state parliament since 2014.


Susanne Hennig's father did his military service in the NVA and subsequently worked as a truck driver and police officer. Her mother worked as a registrar during the GDR era and worked in the Interior Ministry from the mid-1990s. Hennig completed her Abitur in 1996 at the Erfurt sports high school . From 1984 to 1999 she was a competitive athlete in speed skating . In 1996, Hennig began studying educational sciences at the University of Erfurt , which she completed in 2001 as a qualified pedagogue . She then worked for the PDS parliamentary group in the Thuringian state parliament from 2001 to 2004 as a research assistant for education and media. Hennig-Wellsow is married, has one child (* 2014) and lives in Erfurt.


Susanne Hennig-Wellsow is a member of the Die Linke party and was a member of the party's city ​​council Erfurt from 2007 to 2012. At the municipal level , she was a member of the Erfurt City Council between 2004 and 2012 . There she was mainly responsible for youth policy and youth development planning. She has been a member of the Erfurt youth welfare committee since 2002.

At the time of her entry into the city council, she was elected as the youngest member of the Thuringian state parliament at the age of 26 through the youth ticket of the PDS. There she was a spokesperson for training and student issues in the left-wing parliamentary group until 2012. She was a member of the education committee and a deputy member of both the science and economics committee. From 2012 to 2014 she was the educational policy spokesperson for her group. Together with her parliamentary group colleague Matthias Bärwolff , she opened the RedRoXX youth constituency office in downtown Erfurt in October 2004 as a contact point for the left-wing alternative scene in the Erfurt area.

In November 2006, Hennig-Wellsow was sanctioned by the President of the Landtag in her function as secretary in the Landtag because of her plea for " French conditions" during a student demonstration and consequently excluded from a Landtag session. The legal dispute before the Thuringian constitutional court ended with a settlement that Hennig-Wellsow rated as a success.

In the state elections in Thuringia in 2009 , she entered the Thuringian state parliament as a direct candidate for the Erfurt II constituency . In 2011 she was elected deputy chairman of Die Linke Thuringia. In November 2013 she was elected as the new Thuringian state chairman of the party Die Linke with 76 out of 134 delegate votes in the first ballot against two opposing candidates. She was able to defend her direct mandate in the 2014 and 2019 state elections . After Bodo Ramelow was elected Prime Minister of Thuringia, she was elected chairman of the left-wing parliamentary group in the Thuringian state parliament on December 10, 2014. On November 15, 2015, she was confirmed as state chairwoman in Gotha with 75.4 percent of the vote, her challenger Frank Lange received 17.2 percent. Her renewed candidacy was not without controversy because of the otherwise unusual duplication of office and parliamentary group chairmanship in her party.

Hennig-Wellsow gained nationwide fame after Thomas Kemmerich was elected Prime Minister of Thuringia . As chairman of the largest parliamentary group, she had the right to be the first to congratulate. Not only did she refuse Kemmerich the usual handshake , she also threw the left-wing parliamentary group's bouquet of flowers for the election winner at his feet with a curt bow .

Hennig-Wellsow's political focus is on university, education and training policy, in the anti -fascist area, political education and the promotion of young talent. In the 2000s she was the first signatory of the appeal for an anti-capitalist left , one of the structures within the party “Die Linke” classified by the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution as left-wing extremist, supported extra-parliamentary social movements including the Social Forum in Germany 2005 in Erfurt and participated in the Protests against the G8 summit in Heiligendamm 2007 .


In addition to her parliamentary work, Hennig-Wellsow is a member of the Education and Science Union , the Perspective eV association in Erfurt and the Alternative 54 eV From 2001 to 2012, she was the trainer of popular sports in the speed skating section of the ESC Erfurt . As a result of her election to the state parliament, she was a member of the foundation board of the Weimar Education and Meeting Center from 2004 to 2009 .


Web links

Commons : Susanne Hennig-Wellsow  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Enduring by Claus Peter Müller in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, November 21, 2014, page 8.
  2. About me. Retrieved March 13, 2020 .
  3. ^ Elections in Thuringia. Retrieved January 10, 2020 .
  4. Hennig-Wellsow re-elected as state chairman. Die Welt, November 15, 2015, accessed on November 15, 2015 .
  5. This is the woman who threw the flowers at Kemmerich's feet, RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland
  6. "Tschakka, finally left government!" (Interview with Elsa Koester). In: the Friday of July 2nd, 2020, pp. 4–5.
  7. Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution: Left-wing extremism manifestations and potential risks. May 2016, accessed February 19, 2020 .