Garrelt Duin

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Garrelt Duin
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State Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy of North Rhine-Westphalia
Assumed office
Member of the Bundestag
In office
2005 – 2012
Member of the European Parliament
In office
Personal details
Born (1968-04-02) 2 April 1968 (age 49)
Leer, Lower Saxony, West Germany
(now Germany)
Political party  German:
Social Democratic Party
Party of European Socialists
Alma mater

Garrelt Duin (born 2 April 1968 in Leer, Lower Saxony) is a German politician.


  • 1987–1995: Studied law and Protestant theology at Bielefeld and Göttingen
  • 1995: First State law examination, Higher Regional Court, Hamm
  • 1998: Second State law examination, Higher Regional Court, Celle


Early career[edit]

Member of the German Bundestag, 2005–2012[edit]

Duin was elected as Member of the German Bundestag in the 2005 federal elections; he got 58 percent of the vote in the Aurich-Emden region in northern Germany. In parliament, he served on the Committee on Economic Affairs and Technology. Within his parliamentary group, he held the position of commissioner for industry policy (2006-2009) and chairman of the working group on economic affairs and technology (2009-2012).

In addition to his committee assignments, Duin served as deputy chairman of the German-British Parliamentary Friendship Group from 2010 until 2012. He was also a member of the German-Austrian Parliamentary Friendship Group, the German-Dutch Parliamentary Friendship Group and the German-Swiss Parliamentary Friendship Group.

Also in 2005, Duin was elected chairman of the SPD in Lower Saxony, succeeding Wolfgang Jüttner. He resigned from this position in 2010 and was replaced by Olaf Lies. Within his party, he belongs to the Seeheimer Kreis.

State Minister for Economic Affairs, 2012–present[edit]

Duin resigned as Member of the Bundestag on 21 June 2012 and was appointed Minister for Economics, Energy, Industry and Commerce of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia in the government of Minister-President Hannelore Kraft on the same day.

In the negotiations to form a Grand Coalition following the 2013 federal elections, Duin was part of the SPD delegation in the working group on economic policy, led by Ilse Aigner and Hubertus Heil.

He is a member of the German-Russian Friendship Group set up by the German Bundesrat and the Russian Federation Council.

Other activities[edit]

  • NRW.BANK, Ex-Officio Member of the Supervisory Board
  • Germany Trade and Invest, Member of the Supervisory Board
  • Foundation for the Preservation of Industrial Monuments and Historical Culture, Member of the Board of Trustees
  • Forum for Future Energies, Member of the Board of Trustees
  • Christoph Metzelder Foundation, Member of the Board of Trustees
  • Stiftung Lebendige Stadt, Member of the Foundation Board
  • Norddeutscher Rundfunk, Member of the Broadcasting Board
  • ver.di, Member
  • Workers' Welfare Association (AWO), Member
  • Eurosolar, Member

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