Elke Twesten

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Elke Twesten (born July 7th, 1963 in Scheeßel) is a German politician for the CDU in Lower Saxony who switched parties from the Alliance '90/The Greens in 2017.


Twesten previously worked in the Hamburg Customs Administration. She was elected to the Lower Saxon Landtag in 2008.[1] Since 2013, she has been Secretary of the Landtag. She is also spokesperson for women in the parliament.[2]

Twesten defected to the CDU from the Greens in August 2017, thus depriving the Lower Saxony Parliament's SDP/Green coalition of its one-seat majority and triggering an early election in October 2017.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Twesten is married and has three daughters.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Elke Twesten hofft auf ein gutes Ergebnis der Grünen". Kreiszeitung (in German). 4 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Im Dialog: MdL Elke Twesten ruft Frauen zum Engagement in der Kommunalpolitik auf "Frauen gehen in die Politik, um etwas zu bewegen"". Kreiszeitung (in German). 6 March 2015. 
  3. ^ Brechenmacher, Victor (4 August 2017). "German regional government brought down by lawmaker's defection". Politico. POLITICO SPRL. Retrieved 29 September 2017. 

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