|Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection|
17 December 2013
|Preceded by||Sabine Leutheusser-
Ilse Aigner (Food, Agriculture and
19 September 1966 |
|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.
Early life and education
After the 2012 state election, the SPD went into coalition with the CDU, which before that election had been governing the state in coalition with the Green Party and the Liberals. 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. As deputy minister-president, he took over responsibility for the economy, transport, and employment.
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, succeeding Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger.
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."
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.
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."
- 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
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as Minister of Justice
|Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection
as Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection