In the Bundestag
I have been a member of the German Bundestag since October 2013 and in this capacity represent my constituency of München-West/Mitte. For the parliamentary group BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN I am spokesman for digital economy & industrial policy. I am also a member of the following committees:
- Chairman of the Committee on Economic Affairs and Energy
- Chairman of the Digital Agenda Committee
- Member of the Enquete Commission on Artificial Intelligence
In order to fulfill this responsible task in the best possible way, constant dialog with citizens and representatives of business, science and non-governmental organizations is particularly important to me.
My political career
I remained loyal to my Green district association in Rottal-Inn until the beginning of 2000, after which I moved politically to Munich because of my new focus in life. From 2001 to 2003 I was chairman of the Green Youth, the year before already treasurer in the state executive committee (among others together with today’s parliamentary group chairman in the state parliament Ludwig Hartmann).
As internal communications officer, I followed Sepp Daxenberger into the state office after his election as Bavarian state chairman in early 2003. His personality has certainly shaped me a lot over the years. From 2006, I was able to shape the organizational fortunes of the state association as managing director. In October 2008, I was elected chairman of the Bavarian Green Party and confirmed in this office in 2010 and 2012. At the state delegates’ conference in October 2014, I did not run for state chairman again in order to be able to concentrate fully on my task as a member of the Bundestag.
Bis zu meinem Einzug in den Bundestag 2013 warUntil I entered the Bundestag in 2013, I was also a member of the Neuhausen-Nymphenburg district committee and the Upper Bavaria district parliament. I continue to be involved in Munich city politics. Together with Katharina Schulze, I initiated the Munich Bike Initiative.
Away from official politics, my greatest success was certainly the hard-won right to clean air in July 2008 before the European Court of Justice (“Fine Dust Directive”). Special thanks go to my supporters from Deutsche Umwelthilfe and Bund Naturschutz. But I would have become a convinced and enthusiastic European even without this breakthrough.