List of mayors of Bremen

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The Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, which is one of the states of Germany, is governed by the Senate of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen. The senate is chaired by the President of the Senate, who is the head of government of the city-state. The President of the Senate and another member of the senate jointly serve as Mayors of the city of Bremen (Bürgermeister).

List of mayors (since 1945)[edit]

Mayor of Bremen
President of the Senate
Party From To Mayor
Party From To
Erich Vagts DNVP 2 May 1945 31 July 1945 Theodor Spitta FDP 1945 1955
Wilhelm Kaisen SPD 31 July 1945 20 July 1965 Jules Eberhard Noltenius CDU 1955 1959
Adolf Ehlers SPD 1959 1963
Willy Dehnkamp SPD 1963 1965
Willy Dehnkamp SPD 20 July 1965 28 November 1967 Hans Koschnick SPD 1965 1967
Hans Koschnick SPD 28 November 1967 18 September 1985 Annemarie Mevissen SPD 1967 1975
Walter Franke SPD 1975 1979
Moritz Thape SPD 1979 1985
Klaus Wedemeier SPD 18 September 1985 4 July 1995 Henning Scherf SPD 1985 1991
Claus Jäger FDP 1991 1993
Ralf Fücks Greens 1993 1995
Henning Scherf SPD 4 July 1995 8 November 2005 Ulrich Nölle CDU 1995 1997
Hartmut Perschau CDU 1997 2005
Jens Böhrnsen SPD 8 November 2005 incumbent Thomas Röwekamp CDU 2005 2007
Karoline Linnert Greens 2007 incumbent


The Senate of the state of Bremen is elected by the Bürgerschaft, the legislature elected by citizens in the cities of Bremen and Bremerhaven. However, Bremerhaven also has a separate municipal assembly and a separate administration headed by a distinct mayor.