Armin Laschet

Minister President of North Rhine-Westphalia

Armin Laschet (born 18 February 1961) is a German politician. On 16 January 2021, he was elected Leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), replacing Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. He was the Minister-president of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia from 2017 until 2021. He has also been a member of the Bundestag since 2021 and Vice President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe since 2022.

Armin Laschet

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Laschet in 2021
Leader of the Christian Democratic Union
In office
22 January 2021 – 31 January 2022
General SecretaryPaul Ziemiak
DeputyJens Spahn
Thomas Strobl
Volker Bouffier
Julia Klöckner
Silvia Breher
Preceded byAnnegret Kramp-Karrenbauer
Succeeded byFriedrich Merz
Minister-President of North Rhine-Westphalia
In office
27 June 2017 – 26 October 2021
DeputyJoachim Stamp
Preceded byHannelore Kraft
Succeeded byHendrik Wüst
Other political offices
Deputy Leader of the Christian Democratic Union
In office
5 December 2012 – 22 January 2021
LeaderAngela Merkel
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer
Preceded byNorbert Röttgen
Succeeded byJens Spahn
Leader of the Christian Democratic Union in North Rhine-Westphalia
In office
20 June 2012 – 23 October 2021
General SecretaryBodo Löttgen
Josef Hovenjürgen
DeputyRalph Brinkhaus
Karl-Josef Laumann
Jan Heinisch
Ina Scharrenbach
Elisabeth Winkelmeier-Becker
Preceded byNorbert Röttgen
Succeeded byHendrik Wüst
Minister for Generations, Family, Women and Integration of North Rhine-Westphalia
In office
22 June 2005 – 15 July 2010
Ministers-PresidentJürgen Rüttgers
Preceded byBirgit Fischer (Health, Social affairs, Women and Family)
Ute Schäfer (School, Youth and Children)
Succeeded byGuntram Schneider (Work, Integration and Social affairs)
Ute Schäfer (Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sport)
Parliamentary constituencies
Member of the Bundestag
for North Rhine-Westphalia
Assumed office
26 October 2021
Preceded bymulti-member district
ConstituencyChristian Democratic Union list
Member of the Landtag of North Rhine-Westphalia
In office
1 June 2017 – 27 October 2021
Preceded byDaniela Jansen
Succeeded byRainer Spiecker
ConstituencyAachen II
In office
9 June 2010 – 1 June 2017
Preceded bymulti-member district
Succeeded bymulti-member district
ConstituencyChristian Democratic Union list
Member of the European Parliament
for Germany
In office
20 July 1999 – 29 June 2005
Preceded bymulti-member district
Succeeded byJürgen Zimmerling
Member of the Bundestag
for Aachen I
In office
10 November 1994 – 26 October 1998
Preceded byHans Stercken
Succeeded byUlla Schmidt
Personal details
Born (1961-02-18) 18 February 1961 (age 61)
Aachen, West Germany
Political partyChristian Democratic Union
Spouse(s)
Children3
ResidenceBurtscheid
Alma materUniversity of Munich
University of Bonn
Signature
Website

In February 2020, Laschet announced his candidacy for Christian Democratic Union of Germany leader in the 2021 leadership election.[1] He won the leadership race on 16 January 2021 after beating Friedrich Merz in the second round.

In the 2021 election, the CDU lost 50 seats with many news outlets seeing it as a historical loss. Following the federal election, Laschet claimed personal responsibility for the bad result and resigned as party leader.[2]

Laschet resigned as Minister-President of North Rhine-Westphalia on 26 October 2021 in order to become a member of the Bundestag.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "The Double-Act That Wants to Take Over Germany". Bloomberg.com. 26 February 2020. Retrieved 2020-02-26.
  2. NACHRICHTEN, n-tv. "Laschet entschuldigt sich für seinen Wahlkampf". n-tv.de (in German). Retrieved 2021-10-01.
  3. "Laschet legt Amt als Ministerpräsident nieder". Armin Laschets Zeit als Ministerpräsident von Nordrhein-Westfalen geht zu Ende. Der CDU-Chef wechselt als Abgeordneter in den Bundestag. Zunächst bleibt er aber geschäftsführend im Amt. Der Spiegel (online). 25 October 2021. Retrieved 25 October 2021.