Michael Ebling

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Michael Ebling in 2012

Michael Ebling (born 27 January 1967) is a German politician of the Social Democratic Party (SPD). On 25 March 2012 he was elected mayor of Mainz as successor of Jens Beutel (SPD). Ebling took over the office of mayor on 18 April 2012.[1]


After passing the Abitur at Gonsbach-Gymnasium in 1986, Ebling served for 20 months in the civilian service, or Zivildienst, caring for the disabled.[2] He then studied law at the University of Mainz, and took on a political career as assistant to Klaus Hammer, member of the Landtag of Rhineland-Palatinate and chairman of the regional SPD. Later, he worked as an advisor to the ministry of education, science, and culture of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate, joining the office of minister of State Jürgen Zöllner.

Ebling took an active part in the Mainz city council between 1994 and 2002, taking a lead position as spokesman for cultural affairs. He also was a member of the executive committee of the parliamentary group of his party. Between 1995 and 2007 he was chairman of the SPD at Mombach, succeeding to Ursula Distelhut as a representative of the borough of Mainz-Mombach.

Michael Ebling was elected vice president of his party's parliamentary group in 1998, only to be chosen as president in November 2008. He was elected full-time deputy mayor for social affairs, youth, health and housing in 2002, after his predecessor Malu Dreyer changed to the third cabinet of Kurt Beck. Since 2006, Ebling joined the office of Doris Ahnen as Secretary of State.[3][4] In this position he is member of the external advisory board of the Graduate School of Excellence – Materials Science in Mainz.[5]

He is out as gay.[6]

Mayor of Mainz[edit]

In a ballot on 25 March 2012 Michael Ebling was elected mayor of Mainz, gaining 58,2 percent of the votes cast against his competitor Günther Beck (Alliance '90/The Greens) who came out second with 41,8 percent.[7] Ebling was successful with an election programme putting social aspects and education policy on top of the agenda. He is the first native from Mainz to be elected mayor of his home town since 1965.


  1. ^ Monika Nellessen: OB-Wahl in Mainz: Michael Ebling (SPD) besiegt Günter Beck (Grüne) in der Stichwahl. From: Allgemeine Zeitung. 25 March 2012. Accessed on 26 March 2012.
  2. ^ If not noted otherwise, see Michael Ebling's biography on the website of http://www.mbwjk.rlp.de for details. Accessed on 26 March 2012. or Michael Ebling's website for the elections for mayor of Mainz in 2012
  3. ^ The MAINZ RESEARCH ALLIANCE introduces itself. Wissenschaftsallianz-mainz.de (3 September 2008). Retrieved on 20 October 2016.
  4. ^ Mainz Archaeological Center a major opportunity
  5. ^ Advisory Board. Mainz.uni-mainz.de (2 December 2013). Retrieved on 2016-10-20.
  6. ^ Mainz hat jetzt einen schwulen OB. Queer.de, March 25, 2012.
  7. ^ Michael Ebling wird OB in Mainz. From: Federal State government of Rhineland-Palatinate. 25 March 2012. Accessed on 26 March 2012.

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