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Horst Seehofer


Incumbent
Assumed office 
October 27, 2008
Preceded by Günther Beckstein

Chairman of the Christian Social Union
Incumbent
Assumed office 
October 25, 2008
Preceded by Erwin Huber

In office
November 22, 2005 – October 27, 2008
Preceded by Renate Künast

In office
May 6, 1992 – October 26, 1998
Preceded by Gerda Hasselfeldt
Succeeded by Andrea Fischer

Born July 4, 1949 (1949-07-04) (age 60)
Ingolstadt, Germany
Nationality Germany
Political party CSU
Alma mater Bayerische Verwaltungsschule
Profession Civil servant
Religion Roman Catholic
Website horst-seehofer.de

Horst Lorenz Seehofer (born July 4, 1949 in Ingolstadt) is a German politician (CSU). He was Federal Minister for Health and Social Security from 1992 to 1998 and served as Federal Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection in the cabinet of Angela Merkel from 2005 to 2008. In October 2008 he became chairman of the CSU and Minister-President of Bavaria.

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Federal Minister and Member of the Bundestag

He has been a member of the Lower House of the German Parliament (Bundestag) in Germany since 1980. Horst Seehofer was Federal Minister for Health and Social Security from 1992 to 1998 in the cabinet of Helmut Kohl. He then became assistant chairman of the CDU/CSU faction of the Bundestag in October 1998. Because of his disagreement with flat-rate contributions (Gesundheitsprämie) to the federal health insurance he resigned from his post on November 22, 2004 but remained the assistant chairman of the CSU and kept his mandate. Since joining the Bundestag Horst Seehofer has kept his mandate as a directly elected delegate (Direktkandidat) from his Constituency Ingolstadt. At the 2005 federal election he received 65.9 percent of the votes in his district. Seehofer was appointed Federal Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection in the cabinet of Angela Merkel and stayed in office from 2005 to 2008.

Minister-President in Bavaria

After his party lost more than 17% of the popular vote in the Bavarian state elections of 2008, incumbent Minister-President Günther Beckstein and Chairman of the CSU, Erwin Huber, announced their resignations. Seehofer was quickly proposed as their successor. At a party convention on October 25 he was affirmed as the new Chairman of the CSU with 90% of the votes, and on October 27 he was elected Minister-President by the Landtag with votes from the Free Democratic Party, forming the first coalition government in Bavaria since 1962.

Personal

Seehofer stands 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in).[1]

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Government offices
Preceded by
Günther Beckstein
Minister president of Bavaria
2008–
Succeeded by
incumbent
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