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Olaf Scholz

Olaf Scholz
Olaf Scholz in 2009
Mayor of Hamburg
Assumed office
7 March 2011
Preceded by Christoph Ahlhaus
Minister of Labour and Social Affairs
In office
21 November 2007 – 27 October 2009
Preceded by Franz Müntefering
Succeeded by Franz Josef Jung
Senator of the Interior of Hamburg
In office
30 May 2001 – 31 October 2001
Preceded by Hartmuth Wrocklage
Succeeded by Ronald Schill
Vice Chairman of SPD
with Hannelore Kraft, Klaus Wowereit and Manuela Schwesig
Assumed office
13 November 2009
Preceded by Frank-Walter Steinmeier
Peer Steinbrück
Andrea Nahles
Personal details
Born (1958-06-06) 6 June 1958
Osnabrück, Germany
Nationality  Germany
Political party SPD
Alma mater University of Hamburg
Occupation Lawyer

Olaf Scholz (German pronunciation: ; born (1958-06-14)14 June 1958, in Osnabrück) is a German politician of the Social Democratic Party of Germany and Mayor of Hamburg since 7 March 2011.

From May to October 2001 he was Minister of the Interior (Innensenator) of Hamburg and from 2002 to 2004 he was general secretary of the SPD. Scholz succeeded Franz Müntefering as Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs when the latter left office in November 2007.[1][2]

In 2010 Olaf Scholz participated in the annual Bilderberg Meeting in Sitges, Spain.[3]

On 20 February 2011 the Social Democrats led by Scholz won the 2011 Hamburg state election with 48.3% of the votes, resulting in 62 out of 121 seats in the Hamburg Parliament.[4] Scholz resigned as a member of the seventeenth Bundestag on 11 March 2011 shortly after his election as First Mayor. He had represented Hamburg Altona in the Bundestag since the 1998 election.


  1. ^ Andreas Cremer and Brian Parkin, "Muentefering, Vice-Chancellor Under Merkel, Quits",, November 13, 2007.
  2. ^ "Merkel defends record as Germany's tense governing coalition hits 2-year mark", Associated Press, 21 November 2007.
  3. ^ Official Bilderberg Meeting Website
  4. ^ AICGS Coverage of the 2011 Land Elections
Party political offices
Preceded by
Franz Müntefering
General Secretary of the Social Democratic Party of Germany
Succeeded by
Klaus Uwe Benneter
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