|First Mayor of Hamburg|
|Assumed office |
28 March 2018
|Preceded by||Katharina Fegebank (Acting)|
|Senator for Finance of Hamburg|
7 March 2011 – 28 March 2018
|Preceded by||Herlind Gundelach|
|Succeeded by||Andreas Dressel|
|Born||20 January 1966|
Bremen, West Germany (now Germany)
|Political party||Social Democratic Party|
|Alma mater||University of Hamburg|
Peter Tschentscher (born 20 January 1966 in Bremen) is a German politician of the Social Democratic Party (SPD). Since 28 March 2018, he is the First Mayor of Hamburg and head of the new state government. Since 2008 he has been a member of the Hamburger Bürgerschaft, the state parliament of Hamburg. From 2011 until 2018, he served as State Minister of Finance of the city in the Senates Scholz I and II.
Early life and education
Tschentscher graduated from highschool in Oldenburg in 1985. He later studied medicine and molecular biology at the University of Hamburg, where he received his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1995. From 1994 until 2008, he practiced as a physician at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf.
Tschentscher joined the Social Democratic Party in 1989. He was first elected to the Hamburgische Bürgerschaft in the 2008 state elections. From 2008 until 2011, he served on the Budget Committee. In addition, he led a parliamentary inquiry into cost overruns in the construction of the Elbphilharmonie from 2010.
Finance Senator, 2011–2018
From 2015 on, Tschentscher was one of the state's representatives at the Bundesrat, where he served as deputy chairman of the Finance Committee.
First Mayor of Hamburg, 2018–present
Tschentscher succeeded Olaf Scholz in March 2018, who left state politics to become Federal Minister of Finance and Vice Chancellor of Germany in the fourth coalition government of Chancellor Angela Merkel.
At the time of his nomination, Tschentscher was seen as a surprising choice by many, as he has not appeared much in the public during his term as Senator of Finance. Andreas Dressel, SPD parliamentary group leader in Hamburg, had been considered by many as obvious successor of Scholz, but declined for personal reasons.
As one of the state's representatives at the Bundesrat, Tschentscher is a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and on the Committee on European Affairs. During his first year as Mayor, he also served as Commissioner of the Federal Republic of Germany for Cultural Affairs under the Treaty on Franco-German Cooperation.
- HafenCity Hamburg GmbH, Ex-officio Chairman of the Supervisory Board (since 2018)
- Stability Council, Ex-Officio Member
- Vera Eckert and Olaf Brenner (April 2, 2017), Public owners of HSH Nordbank say pleased with first bidding round Reuters.
- Peter Tschentscher soll Nachfolger von Olaf Scholz in Hamburg werden, Der Spiegel
- Jana Werner (March 11, 2018), Neuer Bürgermeister „Ich habe eine eigene Amtsführung“ Die Welt.
- Chair and Members Stability Council.
- Media related to Peter Tschentscher at Wikimedia Commons
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