Daniel Günther

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Daniel Günther
Daniel Günther (2017).jpg
Minister President of Schleswig-Holstein
Assumed office
28 June 2017
Deputy Monika Heinold
Preceded by Torsten Albig
Leader of the Christian Democratic Union in Schleswig-Holstein
Assumed office
19 November 2016
Preceded by Ingbert Liebing
Leader of the Christian Democratic Union in the Landtag of Schleswig-Holstein
In office
5 October 2014 – 28 June 2017
Preceded by Johannes Callsen
Succeeded by Tobias Koch
Member of the Landtag of Schleswig-Holstein
for Eckernförde
Assumed office
27 September 2009
Preceded by Jost de Jager
Personal details
Born (1973-07-24) 24 July 1973 (age 45)
Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, West Germany
Nationality  Germany
Political party Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU)

Daniel Günther (born 24 July 1973) is a German politician of Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU). Since 28 June 2017 he serves as the Minister President of Schleswig-Holstein.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Günther studied politics and psychology at University of Kiel.


Career in state politics[edit]

Günther has been a member of Landtag of Schleswig-Holstein.[2] since the 2009 state elections. In parliament, he was a member of the Committee on Education (2009-2014) and the Finance Committee (2009-2012). From 2014 until 2017, he served as chairman of the CDU parliamentary group. In this capacity, he was also a member of the Council of Elders.

When Ingbert Liebing resigned in late 2016 from his role as leading candidate for the 2017 state elections after consistently bad polling results,[3] Günther took over.

Since 28 June 2017 Günther has been serving as the 14th Minister President of Schleswig-Holstein. As one of the state's representatives at the Bundesrat, he also serves on the Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Role in national politics[edit]

Günther was a CDU delegate to the Federal Convention for the purpose of electing the President of Germany in 2017. In the – failed – negotiations to form a coalition government with the Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU), the Free Democratic Party (FDP) and the Green Party following the 2017 national elections, he was part of the 19-member delegation of the CDU. In the ensuing negotiations with the Social Democrats, he led the working group on transport and infrastructure, this time alongside Thomas Strobl and Sören Bartol.

Other activities[edit]

  • Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Ex-Officio Chairman of the Board of Trustees (since 2017)[4]
  • State Agency for Civic Education, Member of the Board of Trustees (since 2012)
  • Stadtwerke Eckernförde, Member of the Supervisory Board (1998-2005)

Personal life[edit]

Günther is married and has one child.


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