Markus Blume

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Markus Blume
Blume in 2022
General Secretary of the Christian Social Union
In office
14 March 2018 – 2022
LeaderHorst Seehofer
DeputyDaniela Ludwig
Preceded byAndreas Scheuer
Succeeded byStephan Mayer
Deputy General Secretary of the Christian Social Union
In office
1 February 2017 – 14 March 2018
LeaderHorst Seehofer
Preceded byDorothee Bär
Succeeded byDaniela Ludwig
Member of the Landtag of Bavaria
for Munich -Ramersdorf
Assumed office
28 September 2008
Preceded byHeinrich Traublinger
Personal details
Born (1975-02-14) 14 February 1975 (age 49)
Munich, West Germany
Political partyChristian Social Union
Alma materLudwig Maximilian University of Munich

Markus Blume (born 14 February 1975) is a German politician of the Christian Social Union of Bavaria (CSU) who has been serving as State Minister for Science and Arts in the cabinet of Minister President Markus Söder since 2022.[1] From 2018 to 2022 he served as Secretary General of the CSU.[2]

Early life and career[edit]

Blume was born in Munich. He graduated in political science from the Munich School of Public Policy (HfP) in 1998. In 2002, he founded consulting firm Content5 in Munich. He worked as spokesperson and strategic adviser of Viktor Vekselberg's Zurich-based investment holding Renova Management AG from 2005 until 2008.

Political career[edit]

Early beginnings[edit]

Blume joined the CSU in 1995. From 1997 until 2001, he served as chairman of the Association of Christian Democratic Students (RCDS) in Bavaria and was an ex-officio member of the CSU leadership under chairman Edmund Stoiber.

Career in state politics[edit]

Blume has been a representative of Stimmkreis München-Ramersdorf in the State Parliament of Bavaria since the 2008 elections.[3] In parliament, he is a member of the Committee on Economic and Media Affairs, Infrastructure, Building and Transport, Energy and Technology, and of the Committee on Health and Care. Since 2011, he has been serving as chairman of the CSU Business Council.

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, he was part of the CDU/CSU delegation in the working group on digital policy, led by Dorothee Bär and Brigitte Zypries.

Between 2015 and 2017, Blume was in charge of re-drafting the CSU party's new manifesto. From 2017, he served as Deputy Secretary General under the leadership of party chairman Horst Seehofer and Secretary General Andreas Scheuer.[4]

Blume was a CSU delegate to the Federal Convention for the purpose of electing the President of Germany in 2017.[5] In the negotiations to form another coalition government under the leadership of Chancellor Angela Merkel following the 2017 federal elections, he was part of the working group on cultural affairs and media, led by Monika Grütters, Dorothee Bär and Michael Roth.

In 2019, Blume co-chaired the CSU’s convention in Munich, alongside Florian Hahn and Thomas Silberhorn.[6]

State Minister for Science and Arts, 2022–present[edit]

In 2022, Blume was appointed as State Minister for Science and Arts. In his capacity as minister, he has been chairing the Joint Science Conference (GWK) since 2023, a body which deals with all questions of research funding, science and research policy strategies and the science system that jointly affect Germany's federal government and its 16 federal states.

Other activities[edit]

Corporate boards[edit]

  • RTL Group, Member of the Advisory Board Committee (since 2015)
  • KWA Kuratorium Wohnen im Alter, Member of the Supervisory Board[7]

Non-profit organizations[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hannes Hintermeier (23 February 2022), Kabinettsumbildung: Warum Söder jetzt Blume ins Rennen schickt Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
  2. ^ Der Anti-Wadlbeißer, Der Spiegel, 7 March 2018
  3. ^ Official site Archived 8 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Wolfgang Wittl (15 January 2017), CSU beruft zweiten Generalsekretär Süddeutsche Zeitung.
  5. ^ Mitglieder bzw. Ersatzmitglieder der 16. Bundesversammlung Landtag of Bavaria, press release of 22 November 2016.
  6. ^ Wolfgang Wittl (30 October 2019), CSU: Ein missratener Parteitag Süddeutsche Zeitung.
  7. ^ Supervisory Board KWA Kuratorium Wohnen im Alter.
  8. ^ Board of Trustees Cultural Foundation of the German States (KdL).
  9. ^ Supervisory Board Rechts der Isar Hospital.
  10. ^ Supervisory Board University Hospital Erlangen.
  11. ^ Senate Leibniz Association.
  12. ^ Board of TrusteesDeutsches Museum.
  13. ^ Board of Trustees Bavarian Research Center for Interreligious Discourses (BaFID)
  14. ^ Board of Trustees Eugen Biser Foundation.
  15. ^ Advisory Board Munich School of Political Science.