Hans-Joachim Fuchtel
Fuchtel in 2014
Member of the Bundestag
In office
Personal details
Born (1952-02-13) 13 February 1952 (age 70)
Sulz am Neckar, West Germany
(now Germany)
Political partyCDU
Alma materUniversity of Tübingen

Hans-Joachim Fuchtel (born 13 February 1952) is a German lawyer and politician of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) who served as a member of the Bundestag from the state of Baden-Württemberg from 1987 until 2021.[1] From 2018 to 2021 he also served as Parliamentary State Secretary for Food and Agriculture in the government of Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Political career

Fuchtel first became a member of the Bundestag in the 1987 German federal election, representing the Calw district.[2] For several terms, he served on the Budget Committee (1994-2009) and the Audit Committee (2002-2009). In this capacity, he was his parliamentary group's rapporteur on the annual budget of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, among others. In addition to his committee assignments, he was part of the German delegation to the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) from 1991 until 2009.

In Chancellor Angela Merkel's second coalition government from 2009 to 2013, Fuchtel served (alongside Ralf Brauksiepe) as one of two Parliamentary State Secretaries in the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs under minister Ursula von der Leyen. In addition to this role, he was appointed as the Chancellor's Personal Envoy to the German-Greek Assembly (DGV) in 2011.[3] In the negotiations to form a Grand Coalition of Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU together with the Bavarian CSU) and the Social Democrats (SPD) following the 2013 federal elections, he was part of the CDU/CSU delegation in the working group on labor policy, led by von der Leyen and Andrea Nahles.

In Merkel's third cabinet from 2013 to 2017, Fuchtel served (alongside Thomas Silberhorn as one of two Parliamentary State Secretaries at the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development under minister Gerd Müller. In the negotiations to form a coalition government following the 2017 federal elections, he was part of the working group on foreign policy, led by von der Leyen, Gerd Müller and Sigmar Gabriel.

In May 2020, Fuchtel announced that he would not stand in the 2021 federal elections but instead resign from active politics by the end of the parliamentary term.[4]

Other activities

Political positions

In June 2017, Fuchtel voted against Germany's introduction of same-sex marriage.[6]


  1. ^ "Hans-Joachim Fuchtel | Abgeordnetenwatch". www.abgeordnetenwatch.de (in German). Retrieved 21 March 2020.
  2. ^ "Hans-Joachim Fuchtel". CDU/CSU-Fraktion. Retrieved 21 March 2020.
  3. ^ Julia Amalia Heyer (3 September 2012), Ganz, ganz unten Der Spiegel.
  4. ^ Roland Weisenburger (12 May 2020), Hans-Joachim Fuchtel tritt nicht mehr an: Merkels Schweizer Taschenmesser verlässt den Bundestag Badische Neueste Nachrichten.
  5. ^ 2016 Annual Meeting: Welcome from Hans-Joachim Fuchtel, ADB Governor for Germany Asian Development Bank (ADB).
  6. ^ Diese Unionsabgeordneten stimmten für die Ehe für alle Die Welt, 30 June 2017.