Charles M. Huber

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Charles Huber
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Member of the Bundestag
In office
2013 – 2017
Personal details
Born (1956-12-03) December 3, 1956 (age 62)
Munich, Bavaria, West Germany
(now Germany)
Political partyCDU
Video statement (2014)

Charles M. Huber (born December 3, 1956[1] in Munich as Karl-Heinz Huber) is a German politician and actor. He was one of the first two Bundestag members of African ancestry, alongside Karamba Diaby, who were both elected on September 23, 2013. Huber is a member of the Christian Democratic Union,[2] and was elected in the federal state of Hesse whereas he failed to win the Darmstadt constituency.[3]

As an actor, Huber played Henry Johnson in the German crime series Der Alte.

Early life and education[edit]

Huber was born in 1956 as the son of a Senegalese father, who was a diplomat, and as the nephew of the former president of Senegal and philosopher Léopold Sédar Senghor, and a German mother in Munich. Huber went through an apprenticeship for a dental technician.


In the German TV series Der Alte, Huber reached fame when he played the part of police superintendent Henry Johnson[4] from 1986 to 1997.

In 2002, Huber founded the organisation Afrika Direkt e. V., which supports young people, the poor, and artists in Senegal. He published an autobiography in 2005.[5]

Since 2009, Huber has been a representative of the international council of the association Austrian Service Abroad, which is also attended by others like Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, György Dalos, Alberto Dines, Gabriela von Habsburg, Beate Klarsfeld, Branko Lustig, Erika Rosenberg and Ben Segenreich.

Member of the German Bundestag, 2013–2017[edit]

Huber was elected member of the German Bundestag in the 2013 federal elections. During his time in parliament, he served on the Committee for Economic Cooperation and Development, which provides parliamentary oversight of the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development. On the committee, he was his parliamentary group's rapporteur on West and Central Africa, raw materials and illegal drug trade.

In addition, Huber was the chairman of the Parliamentary Friendship Group for Relations with the English- and Portuguese-speaking States of West and Central Africa (Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone); a member of the Parliamentary Friendship Group for Relations with the Francophone States of West and Central Africa; and a member of the Parliamentary Friendship Group for Relations with the States of Central America.

In February 2016, Huber accompanied German President Joachim Gauck on a state visit to Nigeria and Mali, where they met with the countries' presidents Muhammadu Buhari and Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta.

In June 2016, Huber announced that he would not stand in the 2017 federal elections but instead resign from active politics by the end of the parliamentary term.[6]

Other activities[edit]

  • St Barbara Foundation, Member of the Board of Trustees[7]


Charles M. Huber Ein Niederbayer im Senegal. Mein Leben zwischen zwei Welten, Scherz, Frankfurt a. M. 2005, ISBN 3-596-16271-8


  1. ^ "Karl-Heinz (Charles M.) Huber, CDU/CSU". Archived from the original on September 28, 2013. Retrieved September 28, 2013.
  2. ^ Jordans, Frank. Karamba Diaby, Senegal-born Chemist, Becomes Germany's First Black Lawmaker, Huffington Post, September 23, 2013.
  3. ^ Cottrell, Chris. 2 Black Lawmakers Voted to Parliament in Germany, New York Times, September 24, 2013.
  4. ^ Dippel, Andrea; Hamel, Christine (2003). München. DuMont Reiseverlag. p. 39. ISBN 9783770160792. Retrieved October 7, 2012.
  5. ^ Massingue, Eva (June 2005). Sichtbar anders – aus dem Leben afrodeutscher Kinder und Jugendlicher. Brandes & Apsel. ISBN 9783860998212. Retrieved October 7, 2012.
  6. ^ Susanne Höll (June 13, 2016), Charles Huber: "Mein Seelenfrieden war mir wichtig" Süddeutsche Zeitung.
  7. ^ Board of Trustees St Barbara Foundation.

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