Stefan Kaufmann
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Member of the Bundestag
In office
Personal details
Born (1969-08-21) 21 August 1969 (age 52)
Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, West Germany
(now Germany)
Political partyCDU

Stefan Kaufmann (born 21 August 1969 in Stuttgart) is a German politician of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) who has been serving as a member of the German Bundestag from 2009 to October 2021.

Earlier life

Kaufmann was born as the youngest of three brothers to a family living in Stuttgart-Weilimdorf. His father, a confidential clerk, died in 1982. He received his Abitur in 1989 at the Solitude-Gymnasium and served during his Zivildienst at the Diakonisches Werk Württemberg. He attended university in Tübingen, majoring in Legal science, including a year at Leiden University. Afterwards, he worked as a scientific assistant at the University of Hohenheim. Kaufmann had a Konrad Adenauer Foundation scholarship since before he graduated from university and became a Doctor of law in 2001. He is a member of Phi Delta Phi.[1]

Early career

In 1992, Kaufmann founded the "Forum für Hochschul- und Bildungspolitik Tübingen e.V“ (Forum for Hochschul- and Education Politics Tübingen e.V) in Tübingen. This association's task was developing a general concept for educational politics that particularly targeted the contact points between the respective institutions. For his work in relation to this, he received an award from the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts of Baden-Württemberg.

From 1995 until 1998, Kaufmann was assistant to Doris Pack, CDU, then Speaker in Matters of Educational Politics for the EPP at the European Parliament. Later, he was assistant and speechwriter for MEP Renate Heinisch, also CDU.

Political career

Kaufmann joined the CDU in 1999. Between March 2001 and October 2009, he was a Speaker for the Party in the district advisory council of Stuttgart-Sillenbuch, since April 2003 he has been chairman of the local group of the CDU in "Stuttgart-Sillenbuch-Heumaden-Riedenberg".

In November 2005 he was elected secondary candidate for the Landtag in the Stuttgart I electoral district, and one year later he was elected member of the District Board of the CDU.

In 2008, the CDU in Stuttgart appointed him candidate for the Bundestag, again in Stuttgart I, after his predecessor on this appointment had died. In October of the same year he was elected Deputy District Chairman of the CDU in Stuttgart.

Member of the Bundestag, 2009–present

In the 2009 German federal election, Kaufmann won the direct mandate in Stuttgart I over the Federal Chairman of the Bündnis 90/Die Grünen, Cem Özdemir, and hence became MdB (Member of the Bundestag). In his campaign, he also campaigned in local hotspots of the homosexual scene and on Christopher Street Day.[2] At the same time being a devoted catholic, he also criticized the comparison with Nazism[3] the Society of St. Pius X published on the occasion of the Christopher Street Day in 2007.[4]

In parliament, Kaufmann is a member of the Committee of Education, Research and Technological Impact Assessment. He also serves as deputy member of the Budget Committee, after previously having been a deputy member of the Committee on Petitions and the Committee of Traffic, Construction and Urban Development.

In the negotiations to form a fourth coalition government under Chancellor Angela Merkel following the 2017 federal elections, Kaufmann was part of the working group on education policy, led by Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Stefan Müller and Hubertus Heil.

Other activities

Political positions

In 2019, Kaufmann joined 14 members of his parliamentary group who, in an open letter, called for the party to rally around Merkel and party chairwoman Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer amid criticism voiced by conservatives Friedrich Merz and Roland Koch.[9]

Personal life

Kaufmann is openly gay.[10]

In June 2010, Kaufmann was involved in a planecrash when a historical DC-3 he was riding in crashlanded shortly after take-off.


Das Europäische Hochschulinstitut: Die Florentiner Europa-Universität im Gefüge des europäischen und internationalen Rechts, (Tübinger Schriften zum internationalen und europäischen Recht 61; Berlin : Duncker & Humblot, 2003), ISBN 3-428-10753-5