Johannes Kahrs (politician)
Kahrs' parents are Wolfgang and Bringfriede Kahrs, who were both senators in Bremen for Social Democratic Party of Germany. After his schooling in Bremen, Kahrs went in to the military and became an officer. Later he began a study of German jurisprudence. During his university studies, Kahrs became a member of Wingolfs, a student fraternity, in Hamburg and was speaker of the organization from 1990 to 1992. After he finished university he worked for the company Siedlungs-Aktiengesellschaft Altona. Kahrs is gay.
Kahrs became a member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany in 1982. He worked first for the Young Socialists in the SPD (Juso). In 1992 Kahrs had a conflict with Juso member Silke Dose in which he threatened her by calling her phone anonymously at nights. He was found out by a trap installed by the police and was asked to resign from all posts by 50 members of his party but stayed on after paying a fine.
In 1998 Kahrs became a member of the Bundestag. He is the speaker of the Seeheimer Kreis in the Social Democratic Party of Germany and represents the Hamburg Mitte constituency. He is known for receiving large sums from the arms industry and for being the center of an influential political network in Hamburg politics which has allegedly used its power to hinder and advance careers in a way that many journalists have called unappropriate.
- Acht Homos im neuen Bundestag, Queer.de, 19 September 2005, retrieved 2007-09-17 (German)
- Markus Wehner: Das System Johannes Kahrs. In: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 19. April 2009.