Lawyer from the far North: Wolfgang Kubicki
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Since October 2017, Wolfgang Kubicki has been Vice-President of the German Bundestag. He was proposed for this office by the FDP parliamentary group and elected to it by the Members of the Bundestag on 24 October 2017. On 14 December 2017, he stepped down as a Member of the Schleswig-Holstein Land Parliament and as chairman of the FDP parliamentary group there – an office which he had held for 25 years. He has been honorary chairman of the parliamentary group since then. In the elections of 24 September 2017 he again won a seat in the Bundestag, of which he had been a Member from 1990 to 1992 and in 2002.
Policymaker at Land level in Schleswig-Holstein
Wolfgang Kubicki was born on 3 March 1952 in Braunschweig. In 1970, after his Abitur (higher-education entrance examination), he began studying economics at Kiel University, graduating in 1975. He then went on to study law, passing the first and second state examinations in 1982 and 1985 respectively. In 1976 he worked for a management consultancy, from 1978 to 1980 for a tax consultancy and from 1981 to 1983 was a research assistant for the FDP parliamentary group in the Land Parliament of Schleswig-Holstein. Since 1985, he has practised as a lawyer with his own law firm.
He has been a member of the FDP ever since 1971. From 1972 to 1973 he was deputy federal chairman of the Liberal Student Association and, from 1975 to 1976, he was chairman of the Young Democrats in Schleswig-Holstein. He has been a member of the executive committee of the Schleswig-Holstein Land branch of the FDP since 1976. From 1987 to 1989 he was chairman of the Rendsburg-Eckernförde county branch and from 1989 to 1993 chairman of the Schleswig-Holstein Land branch of the FDP. At the FDP’s federal conference in March 2013, he was elected as a member of the Presidium; since December of that year, he has been deputy federal chairman of his party.
Member of the Bundestag from 1990 to 1992 and in 2002
In the early nineties, Wolfgang Kubicki was a member of the Bundestag’s Committee on Economic Affairs, the Committee on Research and Technology, the Committee on Internal Affairs and the Petitions Committee. In August 1992, he stood down as a Member of the Bundestag after the FDP had once again managed to enter the Schleswig-Holstein Land Parliament and he had become chairman of the parliamentary group there. At the Bundestag election in 2002, he was elected via the party list, but subsequently gave up his seat in December 2002. Since the Bundestag elections on 24 September 2017 Wolfgang Kubicki has once again been a Member of the German Bundestag; as a member of the Presidium, he chairs the Commission of the Council of Elders on Buildings and Room Allocation.
Wolfgang Kubicki is married to his third wife; he is the father of twins from his second marriage and also a grandfather.