Matthias Heider
Member of the Bundestag
Assumed office
2009
Preceded byHartmut Schauerte
Personal details
Born (1966-05-18) 18 May 1966 (age 54)
Lüdenscheid, West Germany
(now Germany)
CitizenshipGerman
NationalityGermany
Political partyCDU
Children1
Alma materUniversity of Bonn
OccupationLawyer

Matthias Heider (born 18 May 1966 in Lüdenscheid, Germany) is a German lawyer and politician of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU). He has been a member of the German Bundestag since 2009.

Early life and education

Heider attended the University of Bonn, read law, and graduated in 1992. He then started to work as a lawyer in various positions, including management positions in large companies. He was awarded a doctorate in law in 2003.

Political career

Heider has been a Member of the German Bundestag since the 2009 elections, representing the 149 (Olpe - Märkischer Kreis I) constituency in North Rhine-Westphalia. He was reelected in 2013 and 2017 by first-past-the-post voting, securing comfortable majorities.[1]

In parliament, Heider has been serving on the Committee on Economic Affairs and Energy since 2009; in 2018, he became its deputy chairman. He also served on the Committee on the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety from 2009 until 2013.

In addition to his committee assignments, Heider became chairman of the German-American Parliamentary Friendship Group in 2018, succeeding Peer Steinbrück.[2] He is also a board member of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group (since 2014) and his parliamentary group's rapporteur on antitrust and competition law (since 2013). Heider was a member of the Commission on Competition Law 4.0 of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy from 2018 to 2019.[3]

Heider was elected twice (2017, 2019) Deputy Chairman of the Mittelstands- und Wirtschaftsunion (MIT), the economically liberal wing of the CDU/CSU.[4]

In October 2020, Heider announced that he would not stand in the 2021 federal elections and resign from active politics by the end of the parliamentary term.

Other activities

Corporate boards

Non-profit organizations

Political positions

In June 2017, Heider voted against Germany's introduction of same-sex marriage.[7]

Personal life

Heider is married and has one child. He is a Roman Catholic and lives in his home town of Lüdenscheid.

References

  1. ^ "Ergebnisse Olpe – Märkischer Kreis I - Der Bundeswahlleiter". www.bundeswahlleiter.de. Retrieved 2019-10-24.
  2. ^ "Dr. Matthias Heider CDU/CSU". German Bundestag (in German). Retrieved 2019-10-24.
  3. ^ Energie, Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und. "Kommission Wettbewerbsrecht 4.0". www.bmwi.de (in German). Retrieved 2019-10-24.
  4. ^ "Bundesvorstand". Mittelstands- und Wirtschaftsunion (in German). Retrieved 2019-10-24.
  5. ^ Members of the Advisory Board Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway (BNetzA)
  6. ^ Senate Deutsche Industrieforschungsgemeinschaft Konrad Zuse.
  7. ^ Diese Unionsabgeordneten stimmten für die Ehe für alle Die Welt, June 30, 2017.