Guido Wolf (politician)

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Guido Wolf
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Wolf in 2013
Member of the Landtag of Baden-Württemberg
In office
2006 – present
Personal details
Born (1961-09-28) 28 September 1961 (age 57)
Weingarten, Württemberg, Germany
Political party Christian Democratic Union of Germany

Guido Wolf (born 28 September 1961) is a German politician. He is a member of the CDU party. Since 2006 he is a MP of the Landtag of Baden-Württemberg. In 2015 he was elected faction leader of the CDU Baden-Württemberg and leading candidate for the 2016 Baden-Württemberg state elections. On 15 March 2016 he was re-elected as parliamentary group leader. Wolf also was county councillor (Landrat) from 2003 to 2011 in the district of Tuttlingen. From 2011 to 2015 he was president of the Landtag of Baden-Württemberg.[1] Since May 2016, Wolf is Minister of Justice and European Affairs in Baden-Württemberg in the Cabinet Kretschmann II.

Education and early career[edit]

Wolf was born and raised in Weingarten. After receiving his high school diploma in Ravensburg he studied law at the University of Konstanz. Upon completing his traineeship at the regional court district Ravensburg, the county councillor's office in Ravensburg and the Regierungspräsidium (Administrative Council) Tübingen, he underwent a specialization program in "Management and Finance" at Konstanz University. In 1988 he took his second state examination.[1]

Upon completing his legal education, Wolf worked at the district office of Tuttlingen as Councillor for Public Safety, Order and Traffic until 1991. He was then employed until 1993 as a personal assistant and office manager for Baden-Württemberg's Transport Minister Thomas Schäuble. During the following two years he served as a judge at the administrative court in Sigmaringen. From 1994 until October 1996 he worked as a Head of Unit in the policy department of the Baden-Württemberg State Ministry.[1]

Political career[edit]

In November 1996 Wolf was elected mayor of Nürtingen. In 2003 he was elected county councillor in the district of Tuttlingen. Three years later he was elected to the Landtag of Baden-Württemberg in 2006 and re-elected 2011. In the same year he was also chosen to be president of the Landtag.[1] In December 2014 he succeeded Peter Hauk as faction leader of the CDU in the Landtag and was elected in January 2015.[2] At the same time, the CDU's state party convention nominated him as its leading candidate for the 2016 Baden-Württemberg state elections.[3]

During his campaign Wolf demanded daily refugee quotas and border centers for migrants in a joint statement with CDU Rhineland-Palatinate's frontrunner Julia Klöckner in February 2016.[4] According to their proposal, no one should be allowed to enter Germany without a reason for asylum or a protection status. Thereby, the statement increased pressure on Angela Merkel in the European migrant crisis.[5] Eventually, the German government rejected the proposal.[6]

On March 15, 2016, after the CDU's historic defeat in the state election, Wolf was re-elected as leader of the parliamentary group, even though his party only garnered 27 percent of the popular vote. This was criticized by several CDU state politicians and county chapters, who accused Wolf of "arrogant" behavior, because he did not step down after his defeat.[7]

In May 2016, Wolf was appointed State Minister of Justice and European Affairs in the government of Minister-President Winfried Kretschmann of Baden-Württemberg.[8] As one of the state’s representatives at the Bundesrat, he has been serving as chairman of the Committee on European Affairs since October 2016.

Other activities[edit]

Corporate boards[edit]

  • L-Bank, Member of the Advisory Board
  • Tourismus Marketing GmbH Baden-Württemberg, Chairman of the Supervisory Board

Non-profits[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Wolf, Guido - Landtag of Baden-Württemberg
  2. ^ Hauk gibt CDU-Fraktionsvorsitz ab, Stuttgarter Zeitung, in German
  3. ^ Germany, Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Stuttgart,. "Landesparteitag in Ulm: Wolf ist CDU-Spitzenkandidat". stuttgarter-nachrichten.de (in German). Retrieved 2017-03-02.
  4. ^ "Flüchtlingspolitik - Wolf und Klöckner setzen Merkel weiter unter Druck". Deutschlandfunk (in German). Retrieved 2017-03-02.
  5. ^ CDU-Wahlkämpfer erhöhen Druck auf Merkel, Tagesschau, in German
  6. ^ Merkel erteilt CDU-Spitzenkandidaten eine Abfuhr, Süddeutsche Zeitung, in German
  7. ^ "Wolfs Überheblichkeit ist kaum mehr zu überbieten", Die Welt, in German
  8. ^ CDU-Wahlverlierer wird Justizminister, Die Zeit, 10 May 2016, in German
  9. ^ [Board of Trustees] Academy of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart.

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