Wolfgang Tiefensee

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Wolfgang Tiefensee
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Federal Minister of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs
In office
22 November 2005 – 27 October 2009
Preceded by Manfred Stolpe
Succeeded by Peter Ramsauer
Mayor of Leipzig
In office
July 1, 1998 – November 22, 2005
Preceded by Hinrich Lehmann-Grube
Succeeded by Burkhard Jung
Personal details
Born (1955-01-04) January 4, 1955 (age 60)
Gera, Germany
Nationality German
Political party SPD
Profession Engineer
Website wolfgang-tiefensee.de

Wolfgang Tiefensee (born January 4, 1955 in Gera) is a German SPD politician. He was the Federal Minister for Transport, Building and Urban Development in the grand coalition cabinet led by Angela Merkel since November 22, 2005.

Originally an electrical engineer, he turned to politics in 1989, during the democratization process of the German Democratic Republic. Tiefensee was elected mayor of Leipzig in 1998, and was re-elected with 67.1% of the vote in April 2005. Before 2005, he declined offers of a position in the federal government, stating his place was in Leipzig.

As mayor, he put great effort into Leipzig's bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games. While Leipzig unexpectedly won the campaign to tender the German bid, the middle-sized city did not get past the first round of the international competition, which was in fact won by London.

Wolfgang Tiefensee, whose father was the musician and conductor Siegfried Tiefensee, is also known for playing the cello, a talent that he successfully incorporated into Leipzig's Olympic bid. His brother, Eberhard Tiefensee, is a Catholic priest and professor of theology at the University of Erfurt.

In the negotiations to form a Grand Coalition of the Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU together with the Bavarian CSU) and the SPD following the 2013 federal elections, Tiefensee was part of the SPD delegation in the working group on economic policy, led by Ilse Aigner and Hubertus Heil.