Christian Ude

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Christian Ude
Mayor of Munich
In office
12 September 1993 – 30 April 2014
Preceded by Georg Kronawitter
Succeeded by Dieter Reiter
Deputy Mayor of Munich
In office
2 May 1990 – 11 September 1993
Personal details
Born (1947-10-26) 26 October 1947 (age 70)
Munich, Bavaria
Nationality German
Political party Social Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Edith von Welser-Ude
Children 6

Christian Ude (born 26 October 1947 in Munich) is a German politician who served as mayor of Munich from 1993 to 2014. He is a member of the German Social Democratic Party.


From 1967 to 1969 he worked for the Süddeutsche Zeitung. He studied legal science in Munich 1969-1977. From 1979-1990 he worked as a lawyer.

He was elected as deputy mayor of Munich on 2 May 1990, two months after he was elected into the city council of Munich.[1]

On 12 September 1993, Ude was elected as lord mayor[2] and successor of Georg Kronawitter. He was re-elected three times, on 13 June 1999 with 61.2 per cent of all votes, on 3 March 2002 with 64.5 per cent and on 2 March 2008 with 66.8 per cent. In August 2011 Christian Ude announced his intention to become the SPD's leading candidate for the upcoming Bavarian state election in 2013.[3][4][5][6][7]

Personal life[edit]

In addition to his position as lord mayor, Ude is also a political cabaret artist. Ude has been married to Edith von Welser-Ude since 1984, it is his first and her second marriage.

Other activities[edit]

Additionally, Ude was a member of the board of directors of the 1860 Munich until 2009. In 2005, Ude was elected to the post of President of the German cities association.


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  2. ^ "Ude rechnet mit Hoeneß ab". Süddeutsche Zeitung (in German). 17 May 2014. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Der Messias will es wissen, Süddeutsche Zeitung, 9 August 2011. Retrieved 11 August 2011
  4. ^ Christian Ude: Vom Oberbürgermeister zum Hoffnungsträger der Partei, Augsburger Allgemeine, August 11, 2011. Retrieved August 11, 2011
  5. ^ Hoffen auf den bayerischen Kretschmann, Süddeutsche Zeitung, August 11, 2011. Retrieved 11 August 2011
  6. ^ Erstmals echte Konkurrenz für Seehofer, Welt Online, August 11, 2011. Retrieved August 11, 2011
  7. ^ Ein zweiter Frühling für Christian Ude, Berliner Morgenpost, 11 August 2011. Retrieved 11 August 2011

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Political offices
Preceded by
Georg Kronawitter
Mayor of Munich
Succeeded by
Dieter Reiter