|Chancellor Angela Merkel|
Name Christian Schmidt
Preceded by Hans-Peter Friedrich
Role German Politician
|Born August 26, 1957 (age 58)
Obernzenn (1957-08-26) |
Political party Christian Social Union (CSU)
Party Christian Social Union in Bavaria
Alma mater University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
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Christian Schmidt (born 26 August 1957 in Obernzenn) is a German politician and member of the centre-right Christian Social Union (CSU) and current Minister of Food and Agriculture. He was Parliamentary State Secretary in the German Federal Ministry of Defence from 2005 to 2013 and Parliamentary State Secretary in the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development from December 2013 until February 2014.
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- Early life and education
- Party Involvement
- Public office
- Member of Parliament, 1990 present
- Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Defence, 2005 2013
- Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture, 2014–present
- Political positions
- Corporate boards
- Non profits
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Early life and education
Christian Schmidt attended the Georg-Willhem-Steller-Gynasium in Bad Windsheim where he completed his Abitur in 1976. He then undertook mandatory military service in the mountain division of the West German Army. He began legal studies in 1977 in Erlangen and Lausanne. Schmidt finished his legal studies with the successful completion of the required state examinations in 1982 and 1985. He was admitted to the bar in 1985 and practiced law until the assumption of his duties as Parliamentary State Secretary in November 2005.
As a student Schmidt joined the Junge Union (JU), the CSU youth group, in 1973. In 1976 he registered as a member of the CSU. From 1980-1982 he was chairman of the JU-District Association in Neustadt-an-der-Aisch. In 1982 he was named Chair of the JU-Regional Association for Central Franconia, a position that he held until 1991. From 1989 to 1993 Schmidt was also a member of the CSU-State Committee, a post that he took up again in 1999. Since 1999, in addition to his duties on the CSU-State Committee, Schmidt has been Chairman of the CSU-District Association in Fuerth.
Schmidt is the Chair of the CSU Regional Working Group on Foreign, Security and European Policy. Since May 2010 he has also served as Chair of the Regional Evangelical Working Group of the CSU. In May 2011 he was named Chair of the Federal Evangelical Working Group of the CSU/CDU.
Since 2011 Schmidt has been Deputy Chairman of the CSU.
In his capacity as Deputy CSU Chairman he serves as chief spokesman for the CSU on foreign and security policy, as well as on European politics. He is also responsible for the relationship of the CSU with other parties that are members of the European People’s Party caucus (Christian Democrats) at the European Union level. He manages CSU international outreach to Israel, Croatia, Austria, the United States of America and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
From 1984 to 1990 Christian Schmidt was a town councillor in his hometown of Obernzenn and member of the District Council for Neustadt an der Aisch-Bad Windsheim.
Member of Parliament, 1990-present
Schmidt was elected to the German Parliament, the Bundestag, in the 1990 elections. From 1991 to 2002 he was Chair of the national level CSU Working Group for Foreign, Defence and European policy. He then went on to serve as Chair of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Defence Working Group. In this capacity he also served as the CDU/CSU spokesman for defence policy.
Schmidt served as Chair of the German-Israeli Parliamentary Group from 1994-1998 and as Chair for the German-British Parliamentary Group from 1998-2005. He has also been a member of the German-Baltic, German-Croatian, and German-Czech Parliamentary Groups. He was the Parliamentary Rapporteur for the German-Polish “Good Neighbour” Treaty in 1991, as well as the 1992 German-Czechoslovakia Treaty. In 1997 the Federal Minister of Defence selected Schmidt to serve on the Advisory Committee of the German-Czech Discussion Forum.
He was rapporteur for the discussions pertaining to the Parliamentary Participation Act of 2005 dealing with the deployment of the German Bundeswehr within the Federal Republic.
Schmidt entered the German Parliament as a directly elected candidate, representing Fürth. In the 2009 elections he won 43.3% of the First Votes. In December 2012 he was nominated for the seventh time as the CSU candidate for the upcoming Federal Parliamentary Elections in 2013. The CSU Assembly of Delegates awarded him 98.7% of the vote (155 of 157 votes).
Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Defence, 2005-2013
Schmidt was named Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Defence by Chancellor Angela Merkel on 23 November 2005. In this capacity he served as parliamentary and political representative for three Ministers of the Defence; Franz Josef Jung, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg and Thomas de Maizière.
During his time in office Schmidt advanced the establishment of a foundation to care for service members negatively impacted by the side effects of radar signals encountered during their service. His time in office has seen several landmark events including the investigation into the wartime activities of World War II German flying ace Werner Mölders (2007), the reorientation of the Federal Republic’s armed forces (since 2010) and the resignation of Defence Minister zu Guttenberg in the wake of a plagiarism scandal (2011). Schmidt had defended zu Guttenberg against the accusations of plagiary. Schmidt also played an instrumental role in the establishment and financing of the “Hardship Fund” (Härtefall-Stiftung). This fund, maintained by the Soldiers’ Relief Association e.V., was founded in 2012 with the express remit of supporting soldiers seriously injured in the line of duty. The fund provides support above and beyond the standard duty of care laws in the Federal Republic, thereby serving as additional assistance for those veterans most in need.
Following the resignation of zu Guttenberg in 2011 Schmidt remained in office and was re-confirmed to the post by the new Minister for Defense, Thomas de Maiziere. In the negotiations to form a coalition government following the 2013 federal elections, he was part of the CDU/CSU delegation in the working group on foreign affairs, defense policy and development cooperation, led by de Maizière and Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture, 2014–present
Since 2014, Schmidt has been Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture in the third cabinet of Chancellor Angela Merkel; he was succeeded as Parliamentary State Secretary by Thomas Silberhorn.
In response to a 2016 collapse in milk prices, Schmidt rolled out an emergency package of at least €100 million for the country’s dairy farmers, including loans and tax relief. Also during his time in office, Germany culled 776,000 farm chickens, turkeys, ducks and other types of poultry between November 2016 and January 2017 to combat bird flu.
In August 2012, Schmidt was one of 124 members of the Bundestag to sign a letter that was sent to the Russian ambassador to Germany, Vladimir Grinin, expressing concern over the trial against the three members of Pussy Riot. “Being held in detention for months and the threat of lengthy punishment are draconian and disproportionate,” the lawmakers said in the letter. “In a secular and pluralist state, peaceful artistic acts -- even if they can be seen as provocative -- must not lead to the accusation of serious criminal acts that lead to lengthy prison terms.”