Wolfgang Drexler

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Wolfgang Drexler (third from left) at the symbolic groundbreaking ceremony for the new Wendlingen – Ulm line on May 7, 2012

Wolfgang Drexler (* 29. March 1946 in Esslingen am Neckar ) is a German politician of the SPD . He was vice-president of the Baden-Württemberg state parliament and is a member of the municipal council of the city of Esslingen and the district council of the Esslingen district .

education and profession

Wolfgang Drexler graduated from commercial college and then trained as a clerk. In this profession, however, he only worked for a short time before he received further training as a public prosecutor . He held this office until his election to the state parliament, most recently as senior attorney at the Stuttgart public prosecutor's office.

Political activity

In 1966 Drexler joined the SPD. He has been a city ​​councilor in Esslingen since 1975 . From April 1988 to December 2018, Wolfgang Drexler was a member of the state parliament for the constituency of Esslingen . In 1997 Drexler became Secretary General of the SPD in Baden-Württemberg (until 2001). His attempt to become regional chairman in 1999 failed because of the opposing candidate Ute Vogt . After the 2001 state elections , Wolfgang Drexler took over the chairmanship of the SPD parliamentary group and held this position until the 2006 state elections . His successor in this office was Ute Vogt.

From June 2006 to March 2016, Wolfgang Drexler was Deputy President of the State Parliament in Baden-Württemberg.

On July 24, 2009 Drexler was introduced as the spokesman for the controversial Stuttgart 21 project. He headed the communications office and was responsible for keeping the public informed about the rail project and its progress. On September 17, 2010, he resigned from this office because his party, the SPD, had changed its stance on the project and advocated a construction freeze. As the project spokesman, he should have continued to defend the project.

After he refused to shake hands with AfD MP Christina Baum on the sidelines of an SWR broadcast in 2016, Drexler and his family members received a death threat the following day in his constituency office in Esslingen.

Drexler headed both NSU investigative committees in his state.

On December 31, 2018, Drexler handed over the state parliament mandate to the second candidate Nicolas Fink .

In Esslingen Drexler turned against the new building of the city library decided by the local council. He then initiated the first referendum in Esslingen with the aim of modernizing and expanding the library in the Bebenhauser care yard. On February 10, 2019, 21.9% of those entitled to vote voted in favor of keeping the old library and 6.05% in favor of the new building. Since the approval quorum of 20% was achieved, the decision is binding.

Other offices

In October 2012 Drexler was elected President of the Swabian Gymnastics Federation to succeed Rainer Brechtken .

Family and private

Wolfgang Drexler is Catholic. He lives in Esslingen, is married and has a daughter.

Web links

Commons : Wolfgang Drexler  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. www.wolfgang-drexler.de
  2. Drexler resigns . Stuttgarter Zeitung , September 17, 2010
  3. Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Stuttgart, Germany: AfD refused to shake hands: death threat against SPD man Drexler - Stuttgarter Nachrichten. In: stuttgarter-nachrichten.de. Retrieved May 12, 2016 .
  4. After 30 years in parliament: Wolfgang Drexler leaves the state parliament - Baden-Württemberg - Stuttgarter Nachrichten. December 21, 2018, accessed December 21, 2018 .
  5. Citizens' decision in Esslingen: The library remains in the Bebenhausen care yard. Stuttgarter Zeitung, February 13, 2019, accessed on February 13, 2019 .