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Tobias Hans
Tobias Hans
Minister-President of the Saarland
Assumed office
1 March 2018
DeputyAnke Rehlinger
Preceded byAnnegret Kramp-Karrenbauer
Leader of the Christian Democratic Union in the Saarland
Assumed office
19 October 2018
General SecretaryMarkus Uhl
DeputyMichael Adam
Daniela Schlegel-Friedrich
Nadine Schön
Peter Strobel
Stephan Toscani
Preceded byAnnegret Kramp-Karrenbauer
Leader of the Christian Democratic Union in the Landtag of Saarland
In office
24 November 2015 – 1 March 2018
Preceded byKlaus Meiser
Succeeded byAlexander Funk
Member of the Landtag of Saarland
for Neunkirchen
Assumed office
23 September 2009
Preceded bymulti-member district
Personal details
Born (1978-02-01) 1 February 1978 (age 44)
Neunkirchen, Saarland, West Germany
Political partyChristian Democratic Union

Tobias Hans (born 1 February 1978) is a German politician of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) who has been serving as Minister President of Saarland since 2018.

Political career

Hans became a member of the Landtag of Saarland after the Saarland state election in 2009. On 24 November 2015, Hans was elected as chairman of the CDU Parliamentary Group in the Landtag of Saarland.[1]

As one of the Saarland's representatives at the Bundesrat, Hans serves on the Committee on Foreign Affairs, the Committee on Defence and the Committee on Cultural Affairs. He is also a member of the German-French Friendship Group set up by the Bundesrat and the French Senate.

Hans was a CDU delegate to the Federal Convention for the purpose of electing the President of Germany in 2017 and 2022.[2]

On 1 March 2018, Hans was elected as Minister-President of Saarland by a 40 to 11 vote. He is the youngest serving head of a German state government.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic in Germany, Hans co-chaired – alongside Silvia Breher, Hendrik Hoppenstedt, Yvonne Magwas and Paul Ziemiak – the CDU’s first ever digital national convention in 2021.[3]

Other activities

Political positions

Ahead of the Christian Democrats’ leadership election in 2018, Hans publicly endorsed Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer to succeed Angela Merkel as the party's chair.[6] For the 2021 national elections, he later supported Markus Söder as the Christian Democrats' joint candidate to succeed Merkel as Chancellor.[7]


  1. ^ "Tobias Hans ist neuer Fraktionschef der CDU im Saar-Landtag" (in German). Focus. 24 November 2015. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  2. ^ 17th Federal Convention, 13 February 2022, List of Members Bundestag.
  3. ^ Giorgio Tzimurtas (14 January 2021), Oldenburger Münsterland: Silvia Breher moderiert den CDU-Parteitag OM Online’'.
  4. ^ Board of Trustees Cultural Foundation of the German States (KdL).
  5. ^ Board of Trustees Deutsches Museum.
  6. ^ Maria Stöhr (December 6, 2018), Kampf um die Merkel-Nachfolge: Wer wählt wen? Der Spiegel.
  7. ^ Second CDU premier drops support for Laschet's German chancellery run Reuters, April 16, 2021.
Party political offices Preceded byAnnegret Kramp-Karrenbauer Leader of the Christian Democratic Union in Saarland 2018–present Incumbent Political offices Preceded byAnnegret Kramp-Karrenbauer Chief minister of Saarland 2018–present Incumbent