Lars Klingbeil

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Lars Klingbeil
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General Secretary of the Social Democratic Party
Assumed office
8 December 2017
Leader Martin Schulz
Olaf Scholz (Acting)
Andrea Nahles
Preceded by Hubertus Heil
Member of the Bundestag
for Heidekreis
Assumed office
24 September 2017
Preceded by Reinhard Grindel
Member of the Bundestag
for Lower Saxony
In office
27 September 2009 – 24 September 2017
In office
24 January 2005 – 18 October 2005
Personal details
Born (1978-02-23) 23 February 1978 (age 40)
Soltau, West Germany (now Germany)
Political party Social Democratic Party
Alma mater University of Hannover

Lars Klingbeil (born 23 February 1978 in Soltau) is a German politician of the Social Democratic Party, who has been the General Secretary of the Social Democratic Party since 8 December 2017.[1] Since 2001 he has been a member of the City Council of Munster and a member of the District Council of Heide. He was Member of the Bundestag for about 9 months in 2005 and has been a member again since the 2009 Federal Election. From 2003 till 2007, Klingbeil was the Deputy Leader of the Jusos, the SPD youth wing. Klingbeil is a member of the Seeheim Circle,[2] the right wing of the SPD, which shares many similarities with Tony Blair's New Labour.

Early life and education[edit]

After doing his Abitur in Munster and completing his alternative civilian service, in 1999 Klingbeil began studying political science at the University of Hanover, he graduated in 2004 with a master's degree. From 2001 to 2004 he received a scholarship from the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES).

Political career[edit]

Whilst at university Klingbeil worked in the constituency offices of Chancellor Gerhard Schröder and Heino Wiese from 2001 until 2003. After finished his studies he worked as youth education advisor for the Social Democratic Party in North Rhine-Westphalia.[3]

Member of Parliament[edit]

From the 24 January 2005 until 18 October 2005 Klingbeil was a Member of the Bundestag after the resignation of Jann-Peter Janssen. During these 9 months Klingbeil was a member of the Committee on European Affairs, the Health Committee and a deputy member of the Defence Committee of the Bundestag.

Leaving office after the 2005 national elections, Klingbeil worked as chief of staff to the chairman of the Social Democratic Party in Lower Saxony Garrelt Duin. Furthermore, Klingbeil was a member of the SPD leadership's International Commission from 2004 until 2007, and since 2006 he has been the deputy leader of the SPD in the Soltau-Falingbostel regional council.

Klingbeil stood in the 2009 federal elections in the constituency Rotenburg I - Soltau Fallingbostel, however, he lost with 35.2% of the vote against the CDU's candidate Reinhard Grindel who had won 40.2% of the vote. He did manage to enter the Bundestag as a List MP for Lower Saxony.

Klingbeil has been a member of the Defence Committee since 2009 as well as being a deputy member of the Committee on Cultural Affairs and Media. Since 2013, he has also been leading the Bundestag group of SPD parliamentarians from Lower Saxony, the second largest delegations within the SPD parliamentary group. In addition to his committee assignments, he served as deputy chairman of the German-Russian Parliamentary Friendship Group from 2010 until 2013.

Klingbeil managed to win the constituency of Rotenburg I - Heidekreis in the 2017 elections, winning with 41.2% of vote.

Secretary General of the SPD[edit]

On 19 October 2017, Social Democratic Party chairman Martin Schulz nominated Klingbeil as Secretary General. He was confirmed on 8 December 2017 with 70.62% of the vote at the SPD Party Conference in Berlin, succeeding Hubertus Heil who had announced his resignation after the SPD disastrous loss in the 2017 election. In the negotiations to form a fourth cabinet under Chancellor Angela Merkel following the elections, he was part of the leadership team of his party’s delegation. He also led the working group on digital policy, alongside Helge Braun and Dorothee Bär.

Other activities[edit]

Corporate boards[edit]

  • Stadtwerke Munster-Bispingen, Member of the Supervisory Board (2009-2017)

Regulatory bodies[edit]

Non-profit organizations[edit]

  • Business Forum of the Social Democratic Party of Germany, Member of the Political Advisory Board (since 2018)[4]
  • St Barbara Foundation, Member of the Board of Trustees[5]
  • Liquid Democracy, Member of the Board of Trustees[6]
  • 2017 German Computer Games Award, Member of the Jury
  • German Association for Defence Technology (DWT), Member of the Presidium (2013-2017)
  • Soldiers and Veterans Foundation (SVS), Member of the Board of Trustees (2009-2017)
  • German Welfare Society (SoVD), Member
  • IG Bergbau, Chemie, Energie (IG BCE), Member
  • Lions Club, Member

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Personen". Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands (SPD) (in German). Retrieved 2018-02-09. 
  2. ^ SPD, Seeheimer Kreis in der (2018-02-02). "Start". Seeheimer Kreis (in German). Retrieved 2018-02-09. 
  3. ^ "Lars Klingbeil". Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands (SPD) (in German). Retrieved 2018-02-09. 
  4. ^ Bernd Westphal wird neuer Beirats-Vorsitzender beim Wirtschaftsforum der SPD Business Forum of the Social Democratic Party of Germany , press release of June 7, 2018.
  5. ^ Board of Trustees St Barbara Foundation.
  6. ^ Board of Trustees Liquid Democracy.
Party political offices
Preceded by
Hubertus Heil
General Secretary of the Social Democratic Party
2017–present
Incumbent