Fritz Kuhn
Mayor of Stuttgart
In office
7 January 2013 – 4 February 2021
Preceded byWolfgang Schuster
Succeeded byFrank Nopper
Leader of the Alliance '90/The Greens in the Bundestag
In office
18 October 2005 – 6 October 2009
Serving with Renate Künast
Preceded byKatrin Göring-Eckardt
Succeeded byJürgen Trittin
Leader of the Alliance '90/The Greens
In office
22 June 2002 – 7 December 2002
Serving with Renate Künast and Claudia Roth
Preceded byGunda Röstel
Succeeded byReinhard Bütikofer
Member of the Bundestag
for Baden-Württemberg
In office
22 September 2002 – 7 January 2013
ConstituencyAlliance '90/The Greens List
Personal details
Born (1955-06-29) 29 June 1955 (age 66)
Bad Mergentheim, West Germany (now Germany)
Political partyAlliance '90/The Greens
Residence(s)Stuttgart, Germany
Alma materLudwig Maximilian University of Munich, University of Tübingen

Fritz Kuhn (born 29 June 1955) is a German politician who served as Mayor of Stuttgart from 2012 until 2021. He was co-chairman of Alliance '90/The Greens, the German Green party, in 2002 and its parliamentary group from 2002 to 2013.

Early life and education

Fritz Kuhn was born in Bad Mergentheim (Baden-Württemberg) and grew up in Memmingen (Bayern), where he attended Bernhard Strigel grammar school. After his A-levels he studied German and philosophy at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and the University of Tübingen, with a master's thesis in the field of linguistics.[citation needed]

Political career

Kuhn was one of the founding members of the Green Party in the Federal Republic of Germany in 1980.

From 1981 to 1984 he worked as a research assistant at Augsburg university and as a consultant to the parliamentary party of the Greens in the state parliament (Landtag) of Baden-Württemberg (South-West Germany).[1]

Member of the State Parliament in Baden-Württemberg

Kuhn became an MP and the leader of the parliamentary party of the Greens (Alliance '90/The Greens from 1993) in the Landtag of Baden-Württemberg, the state's legislature, in 1984, a position he held until 1988, and then later again from 1992 to 2000, having worked as a Professor of Linguistic Communication in the years in between.

Kuhn was one of the two federal chairpersons of Alliance '90/The Greens from 2000 to 2002, first together with Renate Künast, then with Claudia Roth. He resigned from that office in October 2002 after having been elected as a member of the Bundestag, the parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany; at the time, there was a rule in the Green Party that you could not be an MP and hold a party office at the same time.[1]

Member of the German Parliament, 2002–2012

Fritz Kuhn first became a member of the Bundestag in the 2002 federal elections. In the immediate aftermath of the elections, he was part of the Green Party's team in the negotiations with the Social Democrats on a coalition agreement for the second government under the leadership of Chancellor Gerhard Schröder.

In the Bundestag, Kuhn specialized in the fields of the economy (fighting for "a green market economy"[2]) and employment, and foreign policy. From 2002 until 2005, he served on the Committee on Foreign Affairs. Between 2005 and 2009, Kuhn was one of the two leaders of the Green parliamentary party (together with Renate Künast), from 2009 he served as deputy leader.

For the 2005 federal elections, Kuhn was the campaign manager of Alliance ‘90/The Greens. At the 2009 election, he unsuccessfully contested the single member constituency of Heidelberg.

Between 2007 and 2009, Kuhn was one of 32 members of the Second Commission on the modernization of the federal state (Föderalismuskommission II), which had been established to reform the division of powers between federal and state authorities in Germany.

Mayor of Stuttgart, 2012–present

On 21 October 2012 Kuhn was elected Lord Mayor of Stuttgart in Baden-Württemberg with 52.9% of the votes.[3] His 8-year-term as Mayor (Oberbürgermeister) began in January 2013. Stuttgart has a population of about 600,000 and is capital city of the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg. Kuhn was the first candidate of the German Green party to win in a city of such importance.

Kuhn took over from Wolfgang Schuster, his predecessor, on 7 January 2013. In early 2020, he announced that he would not stand in the next elections but instead resign from active politics by the end of his second term later that year.[4]

Other activities

Corporate boards

Non-profit organizations

Personal life

Kuhn is married and has two sons.

Kuhn also supports the football club FC Bayern München.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c (in German) His „Biographie" in WirtschaftsWoche Online ( Archived 24 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 14 June 2010.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Greens win Stuttgart mayoral vote". Irish Independent. Retrieved 22 October 2012.
  4. ^ Rüdiger Soldt (January 7, 2020), Kuhn hört auf: Ein politischer Paukenschlag in Stuttgart Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
  5. ^ Supervisory Board Landesbank Baden-Württemberg (LBBW).
  6. ^ Supervisory Board Stuttgart Airport.
  7. ^ Supervisory Board Stadtwerke Stuttgart.

External links (in German)