Katharina Fegebank

Katharina Fegebank (born 27 February 1977) is a German politician for the Alliance '90/The Greens, who has served as Second Mayor of Hamburg and Senator for Science, Research and Equality since 2015. She briefly served as acting First Mayor in March 2018.

Katharina Fegebank
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Second Mayor of Hamburg
Assumed office
15 April 2015
First MayorOlaf Scholz
Herself (Acting)
Peter Tschentscher
Preceded byDorothee Stapelfeldt
Senator for Science, Research, Equality and Municipalities of Hamburg
Assumed office
15 April 2015
First MayorOlaf Scholz
Herself (Acting)
Peter Tschentscher
Preceded byDorothee Stapelfeldt
First Mayor of Hamburg
In office
14 March 2018 – 28 March 2018
Second MayorHerself
Preceded byOlaf Scholz
Succeeded byPeter Tschentscher
Leader of the Alliance 90/The Greens
in Hamburg
In office
7 May 2008 – 30 May 2015
DeputyManuel Sarrazin
Preceded byAnja Hajduk
Succeeded byAnna Gallina
Personal details
Born (1977-02-27) 27 February 1977 (age 44)
Bad Oldesloe, Schleswig-Holstein, West Germany
Political partyAlliance '90/The Greens


Fegebank grew up in Bargteheide, as the daughter of two teachers.[1]

Political careerEdit

On 22 June 2008, Fegebank was elected chair of the Green-Alternative List (GAL) in Hamburg, and became the youngest ever leader of a Green state association.[2] Since 15 April 2015 she serves as Second Mayor of Hamburg as well as Senator for Science, Research, and Equal Rights in the Senate Scholz II.[3] In this capacity, she is one of the state's representatives at the Bundesrat.

Fegebank was a Green Party delegate to the Federal Convention for the purpose of electing the President of Germany in 2017.[4][5]

On 14 March 2018, Fegebank became the acting head of the government of Hamburg after Olaf Scholz moved to the new Federal Government,[6] until Peter Tschentscher was elected new Mayor of Hamburg on 28 March 2018. She continued to serve as Second Mayor and Senator for Science, Research, and Equal Rights in his government.

In the negotiations to form a so-called traffic light coalition of the Social Democrats (SPD), the Green Party and the FDP following the 2021 federal elections, Fegebank led her party's delegation in the working group on innovation and research; her co-chairs from the other parties are Thomas Losse-Müller and Lydia Hüskens.[7]

Other activitiesEdit

Political positionsEdit

Fegebank supports a ban on full-face veils in schools, arguing that the burqa and the niqāb are "symbols of oppression".[16]

Personal lifeEdit

Fegebank has been in a relationship with businessman Mathias Wolf since 2015. In 2018, she became a mother of twin daughters.[17] The family lives in Hamburg's Eilbek district.[18] In July 2019, the family's house was vandalized.[19]


  1. ^ "„Erklären konnte ich schon immer gut"". Die Welt. Retrieved 6 October 2021.
  2. ^ ddp Deutscher Depeschendienst GmbH: Fegebank zur Nachfolgerin Hajduks als GAL-Chefin gewählt, vom 22. Juni 2008, abgerufen am 23. Juni 2008
  3. ^ Der Hamburger Senat, Hamburg.de, 4 May 2016]
  4. ^ Wahl von 13 Mitgliedern für die am 12.02.2017 zusammentretende 16. Bundesversammlung Hamburg Parliament, decision of November 3, 2016.
  5. ^ SPD Hamburg schickt Eggert Voscherau Die Welt, November 29, 2016.
  6. ^ "Nachrichten aus Hamburg".
  7. ^ Andreas Apetz and Thomas Kaspar (October 22, 2021), Ampel-Koalition: Alle Verantwortlichen, AGs und Themen im Überblick Frankfurter Rundschau.
  8. ^ Foundation Aby Warburg Foundation.
  9. ^ Board of Trustees Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Hamburg.
  10. ^ Advisory Board Alexander Otto Sportstiftung.
  11. ^ Board of Trustees Hamburgische Regenbogenstiftung.
  12. ^ Supervisory Board Hamburg Media School (HMS).
  13. ^ Senate Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres.
  14. ^ Board of Trustees Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law.
  15. ^ Board of Trustees University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf.
  16. ^ "German authorities, politicians divided on niqab, burqa ban | DW | 08.02.2020".
  17. ^ Nina Gessner (November 19, 2018), Doppeltes Babyglück Katharina Fegebank bringt Zwillinge zur Welt Hamburger Morgenpost.
  18. ^ Marc Hasse and Andreas Dey (July 11, 2018), Schwangere Fegebank: "Wurden vom Zeitpunkt überrascht" Hamburger Abendblatt.
  19. ^ Farbanschlag auf das Haus von Katharina Fegebank Die Welt, July 8, 2019.

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