Norbert Lammert

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Norbert Lammert
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Norbert Lammert, 2014
President of the Bundestag
Assumed office
18 October 2005
Preceded by Wolfgang Thierse
Personal details
Born 16 November 1948
Political party CDU
Spouse(s) Gertrud Lammert
Children 4
Alma mater Ruhr University Bochum
Oxford University
Profession Sociologist
Religion Roman Catholicism

Norbert Lammert (born 16 November 1948 in Bochum) is a German politician of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU). He has been the President of the Bundestag, the lower house of the German parliament, since 2005.

Early life[edit]

Lammert attended gymnasium in Bochum where he studied classics. He obtained his abitur in 1967. He carried out military service in the Bundeswehr from 1967 to 1969. Following his military service he went on to the University of Bochum, which included a period abroad at the University of Oxford, where he studied political science and modern history. He went on and obtained his Ph.D. (Dr. rer. soc.) from the University of Bochum in 1975.

Plagiarism affair[edit]

In July 2013, an anonymous internet blogger, using the name of Robert Schmidt, accused him of having plagiarized other works when writing his dissertation.[1] Lammert rejected this reproach and asked the University of Bochum to check his dissertation; he also published it via internet. High-ranking politicians of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and of the German Green Party underlined that there should be no condemnation(s) in advance.[2]

Political career[edit]

Having joined the CDU in 1966, he was deputy chairman of the Bochum branch of the CDU. From 1978–1984, he was deputy leader of a part (Westfalen-Lippe) of the North Rhine-Westphalian branch of the Junge Union, the CDU youth organization. In 1980, he was elected to the Bundestag and has kept his mandate continuously until today. During his tenure in the Bundestag he served (as usual for all MdBs) on several committees.[3]

Norbert Lammert in the German Bundestag, 2014

Following the 2005 federal elections in which the CDU became the strongest party and formed a great coalition with the Social Democratic Party (SPD), Lammert was elected by the Bundestag on 18 October 2005 to replace Wolfgang Thierse of the SPD as its President. Lammert received 564 of 607 votes cast, including most of the SPD's votes. He was reelected to this post by the 17th Bundestag after the 2009 federal election with a similarly good result.

Lammert is member of the Catholic Church.[4] He is married to Gertrud and has four children.



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