Michael Müller (politician)

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Michael Müller
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Governing Mayor of Berlin
Assumed office
11 December 2014
DeputyFrank Henkel
Dilek Kolat
Ramona Pop
Klaus Lederer
Preceded byKlaus Wowereit
President of the Bundesrat
In office
1 November 2017 – 31 October 2018
PresidentFrank-Walter Steinmeier
ChancellorAngela Merkel
DeputyMalu Dreyer
Preceded byMalu Dreyer
Succeeded byDaniel Günther
Leader of the Social Democratic Party in Berlin
Assumed office
30 April 2016
Preceded byJan Stöß
In office
7 April 2004 – 9 June 2012
Preceded byPeter Strieder
Succeeded byJan Stöß
Deputy Governing Mayor of Berlin
In office
1 December 2011 – 11 December 2014
Governing MayorKlaus Wowereit
Preceded byIngeborg Junge-Reyer
Succeeded byDilek Kolat
Senator for Urban Development and the Environment of Berlin
In office
1 December 2011 – 11 December 2014
Governing MayorKlaus Wowereit
Preceded byIngeberg Junge-Royer (Urban Development)
Katrin Lompscher (Environment)
Succeeded byAndreas Geisel
Leader of the Social Democratic Party in the Berlin House of Representatives
In office
16 June 2001 – 1 December 2011
Preceded byKlaus Wowereit
Succeeded byRaed Saleh
Personal details
Born (1964-12-09) 9 December 1964 (age 54)
West Berlin
NationalityGerman
Children2
ResidenceBerlin, Germany

Michael Müller (born 9 December 1964) is a German politician of the Social Democratic Party of Germany serving as the Governing Mayor of Berlin since 11 December 2014.[1] From November 2017 until October 2018, he also served as President of the Bundesrat, which also made him deputy to the President of Germany.[2][3]

Political career[edit]

State politics[edit]

Müller was elected to the Berlin House of Representatives in 1996 and has been a member ever since, on the 16th June 2001 he took over leadership of the SPD Group in the House of Representatives from Klaus Wowereit who had been elected Governing Mayor of Berlin. After the resignation of Peter Strieder in April 2004, Müller ran for the Berlin SPD State Party Leadership and won, he was Leader of Berlin SPD until he lost his re-election bid against Jan Stöß in June 2012.[4]

Following the 2011 state elections in Berlin, Müller served as Senator for Urban Development and the Environment from 1 December 2011 to 11 December 2014. His most extensive project were the plans to build business space and apartments on the former Tempelhof Airport, which were rejected in 2014 by a clear majority of the citizens of Berlin via referendum.[5]

Mayor of Berlin, 2014–present[edit]

Müller at the 2017 March for Science in Berlin

In December 2014, Müller took over in midterm from incumbent Klaus Wowereit, Berlin's longest-serving mayor since reunification in 1990,[6] who presided over the city's emergence as a popular tourist destination and center for high-tech startups but stepped down after his popularity suffered from the debacle around the Berlin Brandenburg Airport.[7]

Müller had previously made a surprise entry into the race to succeed Wowereit and defeated two candidates initially seen as the most likely successors.[6] Shortly before the election Müller again ran for the Leadership of the Social Democratic Party in Berlin and won. In the 2016 Berlin Election, he led the party to victory albeit with loses. After the election, together with the Green Party and the left-wing Die Linke Müller formed a government.

Role in national politics[edit]

As one of the state's representatives at the Bundesrat, Müller has been serving on the Committee on Foreign Affairs, the Committee on European Affairs and on the Committee on Cultural Affairs since 2014.

Müller was a SPD delegate to the Federal Convention for the purpose of electing the President of Germany in 2004, 2009 and 2012. In the negotiations to form a coalition government under the leadership of Chancellor Angela Merkel following the 2017 federal elections, he was part of the working group on urban development, led by Bernd Althusmann, Kurt Gribl and Natascha Kohnen.

Other activities[edit]

Corporate boards[edit]

Non-profit organizations[edit]

  • Friends of the Fraekelufer Synagogue, Member of the Board of Trustees (since 2018)[8]
  • Business Forum of the Social Democratic Party of Germany, Member of the Political Advisory Board (since 2018)[9]
  • Ernst Reuter Foundation for Advanced Study, Ex-Officio Chair of the Board of Trustees[10]
  • Stiftung Preußische Seehandlung, Ex-Officio Chairman of the Board of Trustees
  • Topography of Terror Foundation, Chairman
  • Development and Peace Foundation (SEF), Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees
  • Association of German Cities, Ex-Officio Member of the Presidium
  • American Academy in Berlin, Honorary Trustee
  • Aspen Institute Berlin, Member of the Board of Trustees
  • Cultural Foundation of the German States (KdL), Ex-Officio Member of the Council
  • Deutsche Klassenlotterie Berlin (DKB), Member of the Board of Trustees
  • Deutsches Museum, Member of the Board of Trustees
  • Council for Christian-Jewish Cooperation in Berlin, Member of the Board of Trustees
  • Literarisches Colloquium Berlin, Member of the Board of Trustees

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Governing Mayor of Berlin". 9 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2016-03-04.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ http://www.bundesrat.de/DE/plenum/plenum-kompakt/17/960/960-pk.html#top-1
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-12-05. Retrieved 2014-12-05.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Die Landesabstimmungsleiterin für Berlin - Volksentscheid Tempelhofer Feld 2014 - Ergebnisse im Überblick absolut". www.wahlen-berlin.de. Retrieved 2016-03-21.
  6. ^ a b Patrick Donahue (December 11, 2014), Berlin Mayor Mueller Sworn In, Ending Wowereit’s 13-Year Run Bloomberg Business.
  7. ^ Berlin gets new mayor, inheriting airport headache Daily Mail, December 11, 2014.
  8. ^ Ulrich Zawatka-Gerlach (May 30, 2018), Kuratorium vorgestellt: Prominente unterstützen Synagogenbau am Kreuzberger Fraenkelufer Der Tagesspiegel.
  9. ^ Bernd Westphal wird neuer Beirats-Vorsitzender beim Wirtschaftsforum der SPD Business Forum of the Social Democratic Party of Germany, press release of June 7, 2018.
  10. ^ Board of Trustees Ernst Reuter Foundation for Advanced Study.

External links[edit]

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