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Linda Teuteberg (née Merschin; born 22 April 1981) is a German lawyer and politician of the Free Democratic Party (FDP). Serving as a member of the Bundestag since 2017, she was elected as the Secretary General of the FDP on 26 April 2019 and thereby became part of the party's leadership around chairman Christian Lindner.[1]

Linda Teuteberg
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Teuteberg in 2018
General Secretary of the Free Democratic Party
Assumed office
26 April 2019
LeaderChristian Lindner
Preceded byNicola Beer
Member of the Bundestag
for Brandenburg
Assumed office
24 September 2017
ConstituencyFree Democratic Party List
Member of the Landtag of Brandenburg
In office
2009–2014
ConstituencyFree Democratic Party List
Personal details
Born
Linda Merschin

(1981-04-22) 22 April 1981 (age 38)
Königs Wusterhausen, East Germany
CitizenshipGerman
Spouse(s)Björn Teuteberg
Alma materUniversity of Potsdam
Websitewww.linda-teuteberg.de

Early life and educationEdit

Teuteberg was born Linda Merschin on 22 April 1981 in Königs Wusterhausen, East Germany and grew up in Görsdorf bei Storkow, Storkow, Brandenburg as the daughter of a teacher and an engineer. She graduated from the Katholischen Gymnasium Bernhardinum in Fürstenwalde and, on a scholarship from the Studienstiftung, studied jurisprudence and economics at the University of Potsdam.

Political careerEdit

Teuteberg joined the Young Liberals in 1998 and became a member of FDP in 2000.

Career in state politicsEdit

She was elected to the Landtag of Brandenburg on 27 September 2009 on the state list and was supported by Hans-Dietrich Genscher. Teuteberg served for five years. She participated in the 2012 German presidential election on 18 March 2012.

During her time in the state parliament, she served on the Committee on Legal Affairs, the Committee on the Election of Judges and the Enquete Commission on the "consequences of the SED dictatorship and the transition to a democratic constitutional state in the Land of Brandenburg", and was alao a deputy member of the budget, finance, economy, European affairs and development policy committees. She was also her parliamentary group's spokesperson for legal and media affairs.

The focus of Teuteberg's political work in the state was the processing of the SED dictatorship and the reparation of the injustice caused in the GDR and the advocacy of a liberal economic policy. Teuteberg opposes the fact that municipal enterprises can compete with private companies and operate economically. Teuteberg campaigned for the University of Potsdam, which was to lose its law school according to plans of the Brandenburg state government. Finally, she is committed to reducing the voting age to 16 years.

She did not seek re-election in 2014.[2]

From 2014 until 2017, Teuteberg worked at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Member of the German Bundestag, 2017–presentEdit

In an internal vote in November 2016, Teuteberg defeated Axel Graf Bülow [de] with 57% of votes to become the FDP lead candidate (German: Spitzenkandidatin) in Brandenburg for the 2017 German federal election.[3] The FDP won 7.1% of the second votes (9.2% in Teuteberg's constituency) in Brandenburg.[4] Teuteberg won 7.5% of the first votes.[5]

Since September 2017, Teuteberg has been a member of the German Bundestag, where she serves on the Committee on Internal Affairs. She is also her parliamentary group's spokesperson on migration policy. In February 2019, she called for a stricter deportation policy.

Other activitiesEdit

Personal lifeEdit

Teuteberg is married to Björn Teuteberg. She is a member of the Evangelical Church in Berlin, Brandenburg and Silesian Upper Lusatia.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ FAZ.net
  2. ^ Potsdamer Neueste Nachrichten vom 9.
  3. ^ Liberale starten in den Bundestagswahlkampf. 19 November 2016.
  4. ^ Der Bundeswahlleiter: Bundestagswahl 2017 – Ergebnisse für Brandenburg (abgerufen am 25. 
  5. ^ Der Bundeswahlleiter: Bundestagswahl 2017 – Ergebnisse für den Wahlkreis 061 (abgerufen am 25. 
  6. ^ Board Gegen Vergessen – Für Demokratie.
  7. ^ Board of Trustees Karl Hamann Foundation.
  8. ^ Board of Trustees Stephanus-Stiftung.

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