Karl-Josef Laumann

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Karl-Josef Laumann
Karl-Josef Laumann CDU Parteitag 2014 by Olaf Kosinsky-1.jpg
Member of the Bundestag
In office
17 January 1990 – 28 June 2005
Minister of Labor, Health and Social Affairs for North Rhine-Westphalia
In office
23 June 2005 – 14 July 2010
Prime Minister Jürgen Rüttgers
Preceded by Harald Schartau (Labour)
Birgit Fischer (Health and Social Affairs)
Succeeded by Guntram Schneider (Labour and Social Affairs)
Barbara Steffens (Health)
Chairman of Parliamentary group of CDU in North Rhine-Westphalia
Assumed office
6 July 2010
Prime Minister Jürgen Rüttgers
Hannelore Kraft
Vice Chairman of CDU North Rhine-Westphalia
Assumed office
6 November 2010
Personal details
Born (1957-06-11) 11 June 1957 (age 60)
Birgte, North Rhine-Westphalia,  West Germany
Nationality German
Political party CDU
Residence Riesenbeck
Occupation Politician
Religion Roman Catholic

Karl-Josef Laumann (born 11 July 1957 in Birgte, North Rhine-Westphalia) is a German politician, representative of the German Christian Democratic Union. Since 2005 he has been the Minister of Labor, Health and Social Affairs of North Rhine-Westphalia.[1]

Background and personal life[edit]

Laumann grew up with his parents and two brothers on a farm in Birgte. After attending school he was apprenticed as a machinist. After some military service, from 1978 to 1990 he gained experience at the Niemeyer company in Riesenbeck.[citation needed] As a member of IG Metall, he was for many years on the council.[2]

Karl-Josef Laumann is married and has three children.[1] His eldest daughter is now secretary of the Junge Union in his home community of Riesenbeck.[3]

Political career[edit]

Karl-Josef Laumann started his political career at the Junge Union in the district of Steinfurt, as an honorary chairman, a position he still holds. Since 1974 he has been a member of the CDU and since 1977, a member of the Christian Democratic Employees' Association (CDA). Since 2005 he has been National Chairman of the CDA.

For several years, Laumann has been active in the Catholic Workers Movement (KAB). In April 1998 he was appointed chairman of the KAB for North Münsterland.[4]

From 1990 until 28 June 2005, Laumann was a member of the Bundestag.[3] He worked in the Labor and Social Affairs and Labor Economy of the Working Group of the CDU/CSU parliamentary groups. He was successively elected to represent the constituency Steinfurt II in North Rhine-Westphalia in the German Bundestag.

After the 2005 state elections, on 23 June 2005, Laumann was appointed State Minister of Labor, Health and Social Affairs in the government led by Minister-President Jürgen Rüttgers for North Rhine-Westphalia.[1]

Following the 2013 national elections, Laumann was appointed State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Health under the leadership of minister Hermann Gröhe in the government of Chancellor Angela Merkel. He was a CDU delegate to the Federal Convention for the purpose of electing the President of Germany in 2017.[5]

Following the 2017 state elections in North Rhine-Westphalia, Laumann was part of the CDU team in the negotiations with Christian Lindner’s FDP on a coalition agreement. He led his party's delegation in the working group on economic affairs and energy policy; his co-chair of the FDP was Johannes Vogel.[6]

Other activities[edit]

  • Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG), Ex-Officio Member of the Board of Trustees (since 2013)[7]
  • IG Metall, Member

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Karl-Josef Laumann mdl". CDU. Retrieved August 30, 2009. 
  2. ^ "IG Metall kündigt Blockade bei Siemens an" (in German). Spiegel.de. October 13, 2006. Retrieved August 30, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "Der Westfale: Karl-Josef Laumann" (in German). Das Parliament. Retrieved August 30, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Karl-Josef Laumann". Bundestag. Retrieved August 30, 2009. 
  5. ^ Wahl der Mitglieder für die 16. Bundesversammlung Landtag of North Rhine-Westphalia, decision of 14 December 2016.
  6. ^ Tobias Blasius (May 23, 2017), NRW-Koalitionsverhandlungen beginnen in einer Jugendherberge Westfalenpost.
  7. ^ Board of Trustees Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG).

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