Lothar Binding

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Lothar Binding
Binding, Lothar-9448.jpg
Member of the Bundestag
Assumed office
Serving with Karl A. Lamers,
Franziska Brantner
Personal details
Born (1950-04-01) April 1, 1950 (age 67)
Sandershausen, Hesse, West Germany
(now Germany)
Citizenship German
Nationality  Germany
Political party  German:
Social Democratic Party
Party of European Socialists
Occupation Electrician

Lothar Binding (born 1 April 1950 in Sandershausen, Niestetal) is a German politician and member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD).

Early life[edit]

Binding was born in Sandershausen. After his apprenticeship as a heavy- current electrician (1965–1968) he graduated Hesse College (Abitur) in 1972. Following his national civil service as a nurse’s helper he studied mathematics, physics and philosophy at the universities of Heidelberg and Tübingen. In 1981 he obtained a Diplom degree in mathematics and physics at Ruprecht Karl University Heidelberg.

Following his Diplom Binding worked as a technician and from 1987 until 1998 as an IT specialist at the Computer Center of Heidelberg University where he was responsible for planning, creating and operating local networks and high speed networks for data processing.

Binding is married and has two sons.

Political career[edit]

Lothar Binding and Frank-Walter Steinmeier

In 1965, Binding joined both the SPD and the Metal Industry Union (IGM). From 1986 until 1994 he served as the chairman of the SPD district association in Heidelberg. In 1989, he was elected to the city council and in 1994 he became chairman of the SPD faction of Heidelberg until 2000.

Since the 1998 national elections, Binding has been a member of the German Bundestag (lower house of Parliament), representing Heidelberg. He has since been serving on the Finance Committee. Within the SPD parliamentary group, he was the deputy spokesman of the financial policy working group from 2002 until 2005 and again from 2009 until 2012; he has been serving as the working group’s spokesman since 2012. He has also been a member of the working group on municipal policy since 2005.

On the Budget Committee, Binding served as his parliamentary group's rapporteur on the budgets of the Federal Constitutional Court (2005-2009), the Federal Ministry of Justice (2005-2019) and the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (2009-2013).

In the negotiations to form a Grand Coalition of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU together with the Bavarian CSU) and the SPD following the 2013 German elections, Binding was part of the SPD delegation in the working group on banking regulation and the Eurozone, led by Herbert Reul and Martin Schulz.

From 2014 to 2015, Binding was part of the SPD parliamentary group’s leadership under chairman Thomas Oppermann.

In addition, Binding was the initiator of the bipartisan group resolution which laid the groundwork for the anti-smoking legislation in Germany including the federal legislation in 2007 and some German states' legislation in the following years.

Other activities[edit]

  • Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin), Alternate Member of the Administrative Council
  • GIZ, Member of the Supervisory Board (2010-2012)
  • Association of German Foundations, Member of the Parliamentary Advisory Board
  • Sparkasse Heidelberg, Member of the Supervisory Board (1989-2001)
  • Eurosolar, Member
  • ver.di, Member

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