Heiko Maas

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Heiko Maas
Maas Heiko.jpg
Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection
Assumed office
17 December 2013
Chancellor Angela Merkel
Preceded by Sabine Leutheusser-
Ilse Aigner (Food, Agriculture and
Consumer Protection)
Personal details
Born (1966-09-19) 19 September 1966 (age 48)
Saarlouis, Germany
Political party Social Democratic Party
Alma mater Saarland University

Heiko Maas (born 19 September 1966), is a German SPD politician. He is Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection since 17 December 2013. Before he has been the leader of the SPD group in the Saarland regional parliament since 1999.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Maas was born in Saarlouis on 19 September 1966.[1] He studied law at Saarland University.[2]

Political career[edit]

Maas was first appointed to the Saarland Parliament in 1996, under the mentorship of Oskar Lafontaine.[1][3]

After the 2012 state election, the SPD went into coalition with the CDU,[4] which before that election had been governing the state in coalition with the Green Party and the Liberals.[5] While the Social Democrats and Left had won enough seats to form a coalition, Maas ruled out such an alliance in favor of a coalition with the CDU led by incumbent Minister-President Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer.[6] As deputy minister-president, he took over responsibility for the economy,[7] transport, and employment.[8]

Following the 2013 federal elections, Maas was part of the SPD team in the negotiations with the CDU/CSU on a coalition agreement; he was a member of the energy policy working group. On 17 December 2013, he was sworn in as the minister of justice and consumer protection in the third cabinet of Chancellor Angela Merkel,[9] succeeding Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger.

Political positions[edit]

Homeland security[edit]

Following the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture in December 2014, Maas told German newspaper Bild: "The CIA's practice of torture is gruesome […] Everybody involved must be legally prosecuted."[10]

In early 2015, Maas successfully introduced a new law meant to mitigate radical Islamist attacks, by making it a criminal offence to travel abroad to receive military training.[11]

Digital policy[edit]

In a 2014 interview with the Financial Times, Maas called it "not acceptable" that Google "dominates the search engine world, and is able to rank its search results in a manner apt to promote its own business interests."[12]

Other activities[edit]

  • Magnus Hirschfeld Foundation, President of the Board of Trustees
  • Saarländische Investitionskreditbank AG (SIKB), Chairman of the Supervisory Board
  • SaarLB, Chairman of the Board of Directors
  • Saarland University Hospital, Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board
  • Völklingen Ironworks, Member of the Supervisory Board
  • Federal Network Agency, Member of the Advisory Board

Personal life[edit]

Maas enjoys football and is a triathlete. He is married with two children.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Im Profile Heiko Maas" (PDF). SPD Saarland. 2011. Retrieved June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Heiko Maas". Munzinger. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  3. ^ Furlong, Ray (15 September 2005). "German election diary: 15 Sep". BBC News. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  4. ^ Politik (26 March 2012). "Saarland: Kramp-Karrenbauer als Ministerpräsidentin wiedergewählt". Spiegel. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Huge defeat for German Free Democrats in Saarland". BBC. 25 March 2012. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  6. ^ Brian Parkin and Tony Czuczka (March 26, 2012), Merkel’s Party Wins Saarland State in Show of Crisis Backing Bloomberg News.
  7. ^ "Schließungspläne für die Schleuse Güdingen?". SR-online. 14 June 2013. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Politik Kompakt I - Nachrichten Print". Die Welt. 6 February 2013. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "Merkel rival to take toughest job in new-look cabinet". France24. 15 December 2013. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  10. ^ Frank Jack Daniel and Peter Cooney (December 10, 2014), Psychologist Says U.S. Senate's CIA Report Makes False Charges New York Times.
  11. ^ Daniel Tost (February 5, 2015), Germany set to pass ‘one of the harshest’ anti-terror laws in Europe EurActiv.
  12. ^ Jeevan Vasagar (September 15, 2014), Transcript of interview with Heiko Maas, German justice minister Financial Times.

External links[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger
as Minister of Justice
Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection
Preceded by
Ilse Aigner
as Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection