Tanja Gönner

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Tanja Gönner in 2008 at the Greening the University symposium in Tübingen

Tanja patrons (* 23. July 1969 in Sigmaringen ) is a German politician of the CDU . She was Minister of Social Affairs from 2004 to 2005 and Environment Minister from 2005 to 2011 and also Minister of Transport for the State of Baden-Württemberg from 2010 to 2011 .

Since July 1, 2012 she has been the spokeswoman for the board of the German Society for International Cooperation .

education and profession

Tanja Gönner was born in Sigmaringen in 1969. She grew up in Bingen near Sigmaringen, where she also attended elementary school. After graduating from high school in 1989 at the Liebfrauenschule in Sigmaringen, Gönner first completed training as a legal clerk , which she graduated with a diploma in 1992 . In 1993 she began studying law at the Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen , which she completed in 1997 with the first state examination in law. After her legal clerkship and second state examination in 1999, she was admitted to the bar. Initially, she worked as an insolvency administrator .

Political career

Political party

In 1987 Tanja Gönner joined the CDU. Here she was initially involved in the Junge Union , of which she was deputy federal chairman from 1998 to 2002. From 2000 to 2012 she was a member of the CDU federal executive committee. From 2001 to 2013 she was chairwoman of the CDU district association Sigmaringen and from 2005 a member of the state board of the CDU Baden-Württemberg . From 2006 to the end of 2007 Tanja Gönner was a member of the CDU Policy Program Commission. In 2007 she became vice-chair of the Commission for the Protection of Creation .

After the state elections in 2011, in which Prime Minister Stefan Mappus no longer achieved a majority, she was considered a promising candidate for the chairmanship of the CDU Baden-Württemberg; after Gönner, who was counted among the closest leadership circle around Mappus, failed in the election for the parliamentary group chairmanship against Peter Hauk , she withdrew her candidacy. The state CDU is now headed by Thomas Strobl . Your attempt to achieve the CDU district chairmanship for the Württemberg-Hohenzollern district to succeed Andreas Schockenhoff also failed. On October 22, 2011, the Bundestag member Thomas Bareiß was elected to this function in a vote.


From 2002 until her departure on July 13, 2004, she was a member of the German Bundestag : With 54.1% of the first votes , she was directly elected member of the Bundestag constituency Zollernalb - Sigmaringen (constituency 295). After her appointment as minister, she initially had no mandate in the Baden-Württemberg state parliament , but won the mandate of the Sigmaringen state electoral district in the state elections in March 2011 . On June 30, 2012, she resigned from the state parliament.


On July 14, 2004, she was appointed Minister-President of Baden-Württemberg Erwin Teufel as Minister of Social Affairs in the state government. Her appointment was initially described as surprising, as she had not yet developed a special socio-political profile. At the same time she was appointed as the state government's disability officer. She was then temporarily the youngest member of the Federal Council.

On April 27, 2005, she was appointed Environment Minister by the new Prime Minister Günther Oettinger ( Oettinger I cabinet until June 2006). On February 23, 2010, Prime Minister Stefan Mappus also appointed her as Minister of Transport, after he had formed a new Environment and Transport Ministry from the previously separate ministries. She was therefore considered a winner of the reshuffle of the state government of Baden-Württemberg announced on the same day .

As Minister of Transport, Gönner was one of the seven representatives of the supporters of the Stuttgart 21 project who spoke for Stuttgart 21 at the arbitration talks moderated by Heiner Geißler .

After the state elections in 2011 , a coalition of Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen and the SPD was formed in May . The ministries for the environment and transport were separated again.


On November 17, 2006, the Stuttgart public prosecutor's office began investigations into accepting benefits against patrons. She is said to have accepted invitations to football games from EnBW , whose nuclear power plants she was in charge of . The investigation ended in January 2008. In this connection, the former EnBW boss Utz Claassen won a lawsuit in front of the Federal Court of Justice in October 2008 .

In October 2010, Gönner came under criticism that they belonged to the “Lebendige Stadt” foundation , which was founded by ECE Projektmanagement , which had built on the “Quartier am Mailänder Platz” in Stuttgart (since December 2014: Milaneo Shopping Center). Winfried Hermann (GREEN), chairman of the Bundestag transport committee, criticized the lack of distance between the patrons as a member of the government and those involved in the project. Patrons then suspended their membership in the “Lebendige Stadt” foundation; she called the allegations "completely unfounded" and "pulled by the hair".

Other functions and memberships

  • Patron is the chairman of the Association of Friends of the Archabbey of St. Martin e. V. as well as a member of the supervisory board of Deutsche Welle as a representative of social groups, here GIZ.


  • 2014: put on the bigger shoes! Global issues of the future and what Germany expects in the world. Murmann Verlag Hamburg, ISBN 978-3-86774-341-9

Family and private

Tanja Gönner also has an older and a younger sister and a younger brother. She is catholic and single .

Web links

Commons : Tanja Gönner  - Collection of images, videos and audio files
 Wikinews: Tanja Gönner  - in the news

Individual evidence

  1. Michael Hescheler: Tanja Gönner takes off as GIZ boss. In: Schwäbische Zeitung . June 24, 2012.
  2. Uta Rasche: Just save the world for a moment. In: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung , May 28, 2013.
  3. State Parliament President Stächele announces resignation. In: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung , October 11, 2011.
  4. Man wins power struggle. In: taz.de , March 29, 2011.
  5. Karina Christen: Tanja Gönner is subject to Thomas Bareiß. In: Südkurier . October 22, 2011.
  6. www.cdu-bw.de ( Memento from March 16, 2016 in the Internet Archive )
  7. Michael Hescheler: "Doesn't have to be in the limelight" In: Schwäbische Zeitung , February 24, 2010.
  8. ^ Gabriele Renz: Fact check in the town hall. In: Frankfurter Rundschau , October 25, 2010.
  9. a b Investigation against Prof. Dr. Utz Claassen and Environment Minister Tanja Gönner hired. ( Memento from September 25, 2008 in the Internet Archive ) In: Stuttgart Public Prosecutor's Office via Archive.is , January 30, 2008.
  10. ^ Public prosecutors search EnBW headquarters. In: Spiegel Online , November 20, 2006.
  11. No unequal treatment through investigations by the Stuttgart public prosecutor's office against Environment Minister Gönner and Prof. Dr. Utz Claassen on the Stuttgart public prosecutor's website on November 21, 2006.
  12. BGH confirms acquittal against ex-EnBW boss Claassen. In: Spiegel Online , October 14, 2008.
  13. CDU minister draws conclusions from the felt accusation. In: Handelsblatt , October 11, 2010.
  14. ^ Association of Friends ( Memento of November 22, 2010 in the Internet Archive ), accessed on November 24, 2010
  15. https://www.baden-wuerttemberg.de/de/service/presse/pressemitteilung/pid/stabwechsel-bei-der-stiftung-fuer-oekologie-und-demokratie-ev/
  16. Stuttgart Airport: Tanja Gönner is the new chairman of the supervisory board at Stuttgart Airport. Reisenews online, April 16, 2010, accessed on August 20, 2011 .
  17. ^ Minister Winfried Hermann new Chairman of the Supervisory Board - Flughafen Stuttgart GmbH. (No longer available online.) In: www.flughafen-stuttgart.de. Archived from the original ; accessed on March 23, 2016 .