Jimmy Schulz

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Jimmy Schulz
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Member of the Bundestag
In office
2017 – 25 November 2019
In office
2009–2013
Personal details
Born
Ralph Jimmy Schulz

(1968-10-22)22 October 1968
Freiburg im Breisgau, Baden-Württemberg, West Germany
Died25 November 2019(2019-11-25) (aged 51)
Hohenbrunn, Bavaria, Germany
NationalityGerman
Political partyThe Free Democratic Party
OccupationPolitician / Entrepreneur

Ralph Jimmy Schulz (22 October 1968 – 25 November 2019) was a German technology executive and politician. He served as a member of the Bundestag from 2009 to 2013 and again from 2017 until his death in 2019. Prior to politics, Schulz founded and sold an internet service provider called Cyber Solutions GmbH.

Biography[edit]

Jimmy Schulz was born on 22 October 1968 in Freiburg im Breisgau, Baden-Württemberg. He was raised in Ottobrunn in Bavaria. After finishing school, he spent one year as an exchange student at the University of Texas at Austin.[1] He then entered the Bavarian School of Public Policy.

In 1995, he founded his own company, Cyber Solutions GmbH which was one of the companies that set up the wireless internet service in Munich’s English Garden. In 2000, he took his firm public.[2]

In 2000, he joined the The Free Democratic Party and began running in local elections in Hohenbrunn. In 2008, he failed to win election to the Bavarian legislature. In 2009, he was elected to the German Bundestag. He served only one term as the Free Democrats failed to reach the five percent threshold in the 2013 election, costing it all of its seats.[3] Schulz returned to the Bundestag in the 2017 election.[4]

As a technology executive, Schulz was active in promoting technology. He was the first member to read a speech from a tablet.[5] He was active in fighting digital rights and privacy issues.

Shortly after his election, Schulz was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.[6] He died on 25 November 2019 at the age of 51. [5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jimmy Schulz ist tot". Morgenpost (in German). 2019-11-25.
  2. ^ "FDP-Netzpolitiker Jimmy Schulz gestorben" (in German). Golem. 2019-11-25.
  3. ^ "What you need to know about Germany's liberals, the Free Democratic Party". Deutsche Welle. 2017-09-24.
  4. ^ "Jimmy Schulz ist tot". Zeit Online (in German). 2019-11-25.
  5. ^ a b "FDP-Politiker Jimmy Schulz gestorben". Der Spiegel (in German). 2019-11-25.
  6. ^ ""Es ist in Ordnung, dass ich sterbe"". Der Spiegel (in German). 2019-06-14.