Jürgen Reinholz - Jürgen Reinholz

Jürgen Reinholz in May 2011

Jürgen Reinholz (born December 15, 1954 in Nordhausen ) is a German politician ( CDU until 2015 , since then non-party). He was Minister of Economic Affairs from 2003 to 2009 and Minister for Agriculture, Forests, Environment and Nature Conservation in the Free State of Thuringia from 2009 to 2014 . From 2004 to 2019 Reinholz was a member of the Thuringian State Parliament , to which he belonged as a non-attached MP after leaving the CDU in November 2015 .


Reinholz's parents came from Bohemia ; his father was co-owner of a leather goods factory in Nordhausen until it was nationalized in 1972.

He is a member of the Roman Catholic Church , is married and has two children.

Professional background

From 1975 to 1980 Reinholz studied chemical process engineering at the Technical University of Merseburg , which he completed with a diploma. He then worked from 1980 to 1993 at the Gummiwerke Thuringia in Gotha . In 1984 he was appointed head of the technology department there. After privatization as Phoenix Thuringia, he has been the plant manager for the Gotha branch since 1991.

From 1993 to 1997 Reinholz was a project manager at the Thuringian State Development Corporation (LEG). In 1997 he became managing director of Aufbaugesellschaft Ostthüringen mbH (AGO), a subsidiary of LEG; From 2001 to 2003 he was finally Managing Director of LEG.


In May 1990 Reinholz became a member of the CDU . From 1990 to 2004 he was a member of the city council of Waltershausen . He was first mayor of the city council, later chairman of the parliamentary group and first deputy to the mayor.

After taking office in 2003, Prime Minister Dieter Althaus appointed him Thuringian Minister for Economy, Labor and Infrastructure. In 2004, the building, traffic and spatial planning departments were transferred to the newly founded Thuringian Ministry of Building and Traffic under Andreas Trautvetter . Reinholz remained Minister for Economics and Labor. Since the state elections in 2004 , Reinholz has represented the Gotha I constituency as a directly elected member of the Thuringian state parliament .

After the state elections in 2009 , in which the CDU lost its absolute majority, Dieter Althaus resigned and Christine Lieberknecht became Prime Minister in a coalition with the SPD , Reinholz moved from the Ministry of Economic Affairs to the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature Conservation and the Environment. As the Thuringian Environment Minister, his attitude to fracking was controversial.

After the elephant hunt by his top official and central department head in the Ministry of Agriculture Udo Wedekind in Botswana , he initially stood behind the officials and said that it was a private matter and was not illegal either. After a few days and considerable (also international) pressure from the public, the officer concerned was transferred to another authority. [1]

After the state elections in Thuringia in 2014 , in which he again won the direct mandate in his constituency, a red-red-green coalition under Bodo Ramelow was formed , as a result of which Reinholz resigned from his ministerial office.

On November 18, 2015, he announced his resignation from the CDU Thuringia and the CDU parliamentary group in an open letter to the head of the country, Mike Mohring , and justified this step with his rejection of "the policy of our federal chairman and Chancellor Angela Merkel [...] on the Greek question up to towards their asylum policy ”. [2] Reinholz, who explicitly excluded Mohring from his criticism, remained as a non-attached member of the Thuringian state parliament. His resignation met with sharp criticism and incomprehension in the party; occasionally he was asked to resign his directly acquired state parliament mandate. [3]At the beginning of December 2015, the CDU-Nordhausen expelled him from the district parliamentary group of the Nordhausen district and advised him to surrender the mandate. [4] Then Reinholz moved to the parliamentary group of FDP and Free Voters . [5] With his resignation he came before a dismissal as chairman of the supervisory board of the Südharz Klinikum Nordhausen . [6] In the local elections in Thuringia in 2019 , Reinholz no longer stood for the district council and also did not apply for a mandate in the state parliament in Thuringia in 2019 .


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Individual evidence

  1. Christoph Sydow: Controversial top official: Thuringian elephant hunters must vacate posts. Spiegel Online , February 3, 2015, accessed November 20, 2015 .
  2. Somebody has to set an example!” NNZ-Online, November 18, 2015, accessed on November 18, 2015 .
  3. Leaving the party: CDU angry with Reinholz - egotistical and unfriendly. TLZ , November 19, 2015, accessed on November 19, 2015 .
  4. Nordhäuser CDU excludes Reinholz from the district parliamentary group. Thüringer Allgemeine, December 4, 2015, accessed December 5, 2015 .
  5. ↑ The parliamentary group takes on Reinholz. NNZ-Online, December 9, 2015, accessed December 9, 2015 .
  6. Jürgen Reinholz. NNZ-Online, December 16, 2015, accessed December 16, 2015 .