Heiko Maas

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Heiko Maas
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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 47)
Saarlouis, Germany
Political party Social Democratic Party
Alma mater Saarland University

Heiko Maas (born 19 September 1966), is a German SPD politician. 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 election, the SPD went into coalition with the CDU,[4] who before that election had been running the region in coalition with the Green Party and the Liberals.[5] As deputy minister-president he has responsibility for the economy,[6] transport, and employment.[7]

On 17 December 2013 Maas sworn in as the minister of justice and consumer protection in the third cabinet of Chancellor Angela Merkel.[8]

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". 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. ^ "Schließungspläne für die Schleuse Güdingen?". SR-online. 14 June 2013. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "Politik Kompakt I - Nachrichten Print". Die Welt. 6 February 2013. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Merkel rival to take toughest job in new-look cabinet". France24. 15 December 2013. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 

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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