Carsten Sieling
2019-05-26 Wahlabend Bremen by Sandro Halank–063.jpg
Sieling in 2019, on the election night of the 2019 Bremen state election
President of the Senate and Mayor of Bremen
In office
15 July 2015 – 15 August 2019
DeputyKaroline Linnert
Preceded byJens Böhrnsen
Succeeded byAndreas Bovenschulte
Leader of the Social Democratic Party in the Bürgerschaft of Bremen
In office
8 November 2005 – 13 October 2009
Preceded byJens Böhrnsen
Succeeded byBjörn Tschöpe
Member of the Bundestag
for Bremen I
In office
27 October 2009 – 16 July 2015
Preceded byVolker Kröning
Succeeded bySarah Ryglewski
Member of the Bürgerschaft of Bremen
Assumed office
8 June 2019
Preceded bymulti-member district
ConstituencyCity Municipality of Bremen
In office
8 June 1995 – 13 October 2009
Preceded bymulti-member district
Succeeded byReiner Holsten
ConstituencyCity Municipality of Bremen
Personal details
Born (1959-01-13) 13 January 1959 (age 63)
Nienburg/Weser, West Germany (now Germany)
Political partySocial Democratic Party (1976–)
Alma materHamburger Universität für Wirtschaft und Politik
University of Bremen
University of Maryland
  • Politician
  • Research fellow
  • Economist
  • Industrial Clerk

Carsten Günter Erich Sieling (born 13 January 1959) is a German politician of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) who served as the President of the Senate and Mayor of Bremen from 2015 to 2019. His successor is Andreas Bovenschulte.[1]

Political career

From 2009 to 2015, Sieling was a member of the Bundestag,[2] where he served on the Finance Committee. During the time of position held, he was his parliamentary group's rapporteur on consumer protection in financial services. Between 2010 and 2013, he was a member of the Sub-Committee on Municipal Policy. From 2012, he also served as deputy chairman of the German-British Parliamentary Friendship Group.

Sieling resigned from his seat in parliament to become President of the Senate and Mayor of Bremen in July 2015, succeeding Jens Böhrnsen. As one of the state's representatives at the Bundesrat, he served on the Committee on Foreign Affairs and on the Committee on Defence. Between October 2015 and October 2016, he chaired the Conference of Ministers-President.

In the negotiations to form a coalition government under the leadership of Chancellor Angela Merkel following the 2017 federal elections, Sieling was an SPD delegate in the working group on social affairs, led by Karl-Josef Laumann, Barbara Stamm and Andrea Nahles.

Following his party's result in the 2019 state elections, Sieling resigned from his office.[3]

Other activities

Corporate boards

Non-profit organizations


  1. ^ Das Rathaus Bremen Senatskanzlei (1959-01-13). "Senatskanzlei - The Mayor". Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2015-07-30.
  2. ^ "Deutscher Bundestag - Dr. Carsten Günter Erich Sieling, SPD" (in German). 2013-09-22. Archived from the original on 2015-04-23. Retrieved 2015-07-30.
  3. ^ Joshua Posaner (July 1, 2019), Germany’s Social Democrats cling to power in Bremen Politico Europe.
  4. ^ Advisory Board BLG Logistics.
  5. ^ Board of Trustees Cultural Foundation of the German States (KdL).
  6. ^ Members Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES).
  7. ^ Study Groups, Discussion Groups and Task Forces Archived 2016-07-01 at the Wayback Machine German Council on Foreign Relations.