Thomas Jurk

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Thomas Jurk (2020)

Thomas Edmund Jurk (born June 19, 1962 in Görlitz ) is a German politician ( SPD ) and radio mechanic. From November 2004 to September 2009 he was Saxon State Minister for Economics and Labor and Deputy Prime Minister of Saxony . He has been a member of the German Bundestag since the 2013 election .


After graduating from the POS in Weißkeißel and Sagar , he did an apprenticeship as a radio mechanic in the PGH Elektro, Rundfunk, Fernsehen Weißwasser from 1979 to 1982 and remained in this position until 1986. After the basic military service (November 1986 to April 1988) he was from 1988 to 1990 employed in transformer construction in Weißwasser, most recently as a brigadier .

Jurk is married and has two children.


Thomas Jurk has been a member of the SDP since 1989 , later the SPD. From 1990 to 2013 he was a member of the Saxon state parliament . Between 1994 and 1997 he was agricultural policy and between 1997 and 1999 financial policy spokesman for the SPD parliamentary group. From 1994 to 1999 Jurk was deputy chairman and from 1999 to November 2004 parliamentary group chairman of the SPD in the state parliament.

Between 1991 and 1995 Jurk was deputy chairman of the SPD sub-district Lausitz and between 1995 and 2003 of the sub-district Neisse. Jurk has been a member of the Weißkeißel municipal council since 1994. Since 1998 he has been a member of the SPD state executive, which he chaired from 2003 to 2005. From July 2004 to August 31, 2009 he was chairman of the SPD Saxony .

As such, he ran in the state elections on September 19, 2004 as the top candidate against Prime Minister Georg Milbradt and the PDS top candidate Peter Porsch .

Although the SPD achieved its worst election result at the state level since the end of the war with 9.8 percent, the formation of a government against the SPD was realistically not possible due to the constellation of votes . Therefore, a CDU-SPD coalition was formed, in which Jurk took over the office of State Minister for Economics and Labor and that of Deputy Prime Minister on November 11, 2004.

In the state elections on August 30, 2009 , Jurk ran again as the SPD top candidate. In this election the SPD gained 0.6 to 10.4 percent of the votes and was therefore only able to improve the historically low result from 2004 only slightly. As a result, Jurk announced on August 31, 2009 his resignation from the office of chairman of the SPD Saxony . The CDU-SPD coalition was replaced by a CDU-FDP coalition.

Jurk is a member of numerous associations or associations such as IG BCE , the Weißwasser zoo association and the Weißwasser glass museum association . In addition, he is honorary chairman of SV Grün-Weiß Weißwasser . He was a member of the board of directors of Landesbank Sachsen .

In the 2013 federal election , Jurk was elected to the Bundestag at number 1 of the Saxon SPD, whereupon he resigned his state parliament mandate with effect from October 9, 2013. In 2017 he was re-elected to number 2 of his party on the list.

In the 19th German Bundestag Jurk is a full member of the budget committee and the federal funding body . He is also a deputy member of the Committee for Economic Affairs and Energy .

Political positions

Internet blocking

In 2009 Jurk supported the controversial initiative of Federal Family Minister Ursula von der Leyen to block Internet sites to combat child pornography (see Law to Combat Child Pornography in Communication Networks ). In August 2009 Jurk summarized his position in an interview:

"If we violate the Basic Law because we make it impossible for pedophiles to download child pornographic images from the Internet, then I accept that."

After increasing criticism of his statement in the German media, Jurk claimed under parliamentarian watch that the statement had been "taken out of context", in fact it read as follows:

"If you were right and we violate the Basic Law because we make it impossible for pedophiles to download child pornographic images from the Internet, then I'll accept that."

The protocol does not include this restriction. Jurk did not respond to relevant information and the question of whether the Free Press had shortened some of the answers in their minutes in a way that distorted the meaning.

European politics

In the roll-call vote on the so-called third aid package for Greece on July 17, 2015 as part of the Greek sovereign debt crisis , Jurk voted against as one of four SPD MPs (of 179 present).


Web links

Commons : Thomas Jurk  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Selected applicants for the state list: Saxony  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.@1@ 2Template: Toter Link /  
  2. ↑ The President of the State Parliament signs Marie-Luise Apostel (SPD) in Parliament - replacing Thomas Jurk. Press release 123/2013 of the Saxon State Parliament. October 16, 2013, accessed February 14, 2018 .
  3. Bundestag election 2017. Elected list applicants. In: State Statistical Office of the Free State of Saxony, 2017, accessed on February 18, 2020 .
  4. ^ German Bundestag - MPs. Retrieved July 22, 2020 .
  5. Internet chat on July 29, 2009 ( Memento from October 1, 2009 in the Internet Archive )
  6. parliament : Answer from Thomas Jurk: "Dear Mr. Pocket" , 4th August 2009
  7. Peter Mühlbauer : Netzsperren und Chat-Protocols , Telepolis , August 7, 2009
  8. July 17th, 2015: Stability aid in favor of Greece. German Bundestag, accessed on July 17, 2015 .