Thomas Röwekamp

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Thomas Röwekamp, ​​2014

Thomas Röwekamp (born September 18, 1966 in Bremerhaven ) is a German politician ( CDU ). Since 2007 he has been chairman of the CDU parliamentary group in the Bremen citizenship and thus leader of the opposition . Before that, he was Senator in the governments of Henning Scherf and also Mayor of Bremen under Jens Böhrnsen .


Family, education and work

Röwekamp attended grammar school, completed an apprenticeship in banking after graduating from high school and worked as a banker until 1990. From 1990 to 1994 he studied law at the University of Bremen . From 1995 to 1997 he was a trainee lawyer in Düsseldorf and Oldenburg . In 1997 he started his own business as a lawyer and in 2004 he became a specialist lawyer for insurance law in a law firm focused on civil and commercial law. He is also a specialist lawyer for tax law and a specialist lawyer for inheritance law . In 2014 he was appointed notary .

Röwekamp is married and has three children.


Röwekamp has been a member of the CDU since 1983. From 1985 to 1990 he was chairman of the Junge Union in Bremerhaven . He is a member of the borough and district board of the CDU Bremerhaven. From 1987 to 1991 he was a member of the Bremerhaven City Council , and since 1989 he has been the first deputy district chairman of his party in Bremerhaven.

In 1991 he became a member of the Bremen citizenship for the first time .


From 2003 to 2007, Röwekamp was Senator for Home Affairs and Sport in Senate Scherf III and from 2005 to 2007 mayor in Senate Böhrnsen I in the respective SPD / CDU coalitions.

He dealt with the education about the dangers of the "sexual abuse of children in chat".

In August 2004 he gained national fame when he tried to get Murat Kurnaz to lose his permanent residence permit because he had not applied for the extension of the deadline stipulated by the law in good time. However, from October 2001 Kurnaz was interned in the US military base Guantánamo Bay without a legal basis until he was released to Germany on August 24, 2006. In November 2005, the administrative court of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen ruled that Kurnaz had not forfeited his permanent residence permit.

As a Senator for the Interior, Röwekamp initiated cost-saving structural changes within the Bremen police force. Later Röwekamp was politically responsible for the distribution of emetics to suspected drug dealers who claimed a fatality in early January 2005: The 35-year-old Laye-Alama Condé from Sierra Leone vomited four cocaine balls at the police station in the Bremen district of Vahr and drowned after being forced to infuse them of water. Röwekamp justified the use of emetics with the words, "Serious criminals" must "expect physical disadvantages". Under the motto “That was murder, Mr. Röwekamp!”, Around 1,000 people, including the African community, demonstrated against “emetic torture” and racism. 33 criminal charges and a motion of no confidence were filed against Röwekamp . None of the criminal charges were followed up, and the motion of censure failed.

From 2005 to 2006 he was chairman of the conference of sports ministers. He set the priorities in the areas of competitive sport, doping, health and the social importance of sport. He initiated u. a. a top meeting of the Conference of Sports Ministers (SMK) with the Conference of Ministers of Education (KMK), the University Rectors' Conference (HRK) and the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB). The goals were to better support student top athletes, to reduce the so-called drop-out effect and to facilitate the general conditions for a sporting career.

Group leader

For the 2007 general election , Röwekamp was chosen as the top candidate of the CDU. After the CDU sank to 25.7% of the vote, the SPD under Böhrnsen ended the grand coalition in favor of a coalition with the Greens . Röwekamp then left the Senate and moved back into the citizenry. There he is chairman of the CDU parliamentary group and is represented in the parliamentary control commission and in the constitution and rules of procedure committee. In 2007 he tried unsuccessfully to have a primary school teacher removed from school service as a former member of the Red Army faction .

State Chairman

From May 2008 to December 16, 2011, Röwekamp was regional chairman of the CDU Bremen as the successor to Bernd Neumann .

In May 2008, Röwekamp had to apologize to his party friends who had been verbally abused for him by angry citizens at information stands of the CDU. In the budget debate on April 10, 2008, the SPD MP Karin Garling reprimanded the CDU's call to lower the rent ceilings for people with Hartz IV benefits, saying that the opposition wanted “thousands of people in Bremen to leave their homes and force their social environment ”. According to the minutes of the plenary, he responded with the pointed interjection "They should sleep under bridges!"

Röwekamp led the high school protection area campaign in 2008 to prevent the school development planned in the SPD program. With him, the CDU also took the step of saying goodbye to the idea of ​​a tripartite school system. He advocated a compromise and initiated the so-called Bremen educational consensus. This lays down the two-pillar model of general education in Bremen for the next ten years, in which there should be "Oberschulen" (comprehensive schools) in addition to the grammar schools.

In the 2011 general election, the CDU slipped to third place with 20.4 percent and was overtaken by the Greens. Several veteran, sometimes prominent CDU members then demanded Röwekamp's resignation, which was discussed at a special party conference. The Bremen CDU honorary chairman, former Minister of State for Culture . D. Bernd Neumann, suggested that he resign. Röwekamp refused, u. a. on the grounds that he “doesn't want to leave the field in bad weather”. The party congress approved the proposal to conduct a member survey about the state chairmanship. After this member's vote, Röwekamp resigned.

Further memberships

  • Röwekamp involved in several non-profit and charitable organizations and associations, for example, for the club silhouette support of girls and women in the processing of sexual abuse experiences.
  • As a deacon, he is a member of the board of directors of the parish of the Mayor Smidt Memorial Church in Bremerhaven.

See also

Web links

Commons : Thomas Röwekamp  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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  2. Police reform: in eight minutes at every crime scene - DIE WELT - WELT ONLINE news. In: Retrieved July 29, 2011 .
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  10. Perspectives of competitive sport: Permanent Conference of the Ministers of Culture of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany (KMK). In: Retrieved July 29, 2011 .
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