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Stephan Ernst Johann Mayer (born 15 December 1973) is a German politician. He is a member of the Christian Social Union (CSU). Since 2002 he has been a member of the German Bundestag and spokesman for Home Affairs of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group, and member of the executive board of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the Bundestag.

Stephan Mayer
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Parliamentary State Secretary for the Interior, Building and Community
Assumed office
14 March 2018
Serving with Marco Wanderwitz
MinisterHorst Seehofer
Preceded byOle Schröder
Member of the Bundestag
for Altötting
Assumed office
22 September 2002
Preceded byJosef Hollerith
Personal details
Born (1973-12-15) 15 December 1973 (age 45)
Burghausen, Bavaria
Political party German:
Christian Social Union
European People's Party
Alma materLudwig Maximilian University of Munich

Early lifeEdit

Mayer was born in Burghausen (Bavaria). In 1993, after leaving school, he attended Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich to study law. He graduated in 1997 after passing the first state examination in Law. In 2000 he passed the second state examination and since 2009 has worked as a lawyer for the Nachmann Vilgertshofer Scharf Barfuß Rechtsanwalts GmbH in Munich.

Political careerEdit

From 1994 to 2003, Mayer was chairman of the Regional Association of the youth organisation Junge Union in Altötting. Since 1997 he has been a deputy chairman of the CSU district association Altötting and to the council of the CSU Upper Bavaria district, led by Ilse Aigner. Since 2006, Mayer has been a Deputy Regional Chairman of the Union of Expellees (Union der Vertriebenen (UdV)), and since 2009 a member of the CSU leadership under party chairman Horst Seehofer.

Member of Parliament, 2002–presentEdit

Since the 2002 elections, Mayer has been a member of the Bundestag. In the 2009 elections, he received 60.7 percent of the primary votes and thus achieved the third best result in Germany.

In the Bundestag, Mayer was a full member of the Committee on Internal Affairs and of the Sports Committee. In that capacity, he was his parliamentary group's rapporteur on privacy law. He was a member of the Parliamentary Oversight Panel (PKGr) that provides parliamentary oversight of Germany's intelligence services. He chairs the so-called G10 Commission, which takes decisions on the necessity and admissibility of restrictions on the privacy of correspondence, posts and telecommunications pursuant to Article 10 of the Basic Law. He was an alternate member of the Committee on Transport, Building and Urban Development and of the NSA Investigation Committee. Within the group of CSU parliamentarians, Mayer chaired the Working Group for Internal Affairs, law, sport, voluntary work, culture and media of the CSU.

In addition to his committee assignments, Mayer served as chairman of the German-British Parliamentary Friendship Group.

In the negotiations to form a coalition government of the Christian Democrats (CDU together with the Bavarian CSU) and the Free Democratic Party (FDP) following the 2009 federal elections, Mayer was part of the CDU/CSU delegation in the working group on internal and legal affairs, led by Wolfgang Schäuble and Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger. Later, in the negotiations to form a Grand Coalition of the Christian Democrats and the Social Democrats (SPD) following the 2013 federal elections, he was part of the CDU/CSU delegation in the working group on integration and migration, led by Maria Böhmer and Aydan Özoğuz.

In February 2016, Mayer accompanied the president of the German Bundestag Norbert Lammert on a visit to the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan to learn more about the plight of Syrians fleeing the Syrian civil war.[1]

State SecretaryEdit

In the fourth government under Chancellor Angela Merkel, Mayer served as Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of the Interior under Horst Seehofer.[2]

Other activitiesEdit

  • Federation of Expellees (BdV), vice president
  • Kuratorium Sport & Natur, deputy chairman of the board (since 2015)[3]
  • Association of German Foundations, Member of the Parliamentary Advisory Board (since 2009)
  • Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation, Member of the board of trustees (since 2005)
  • Foundation for Data Protection, Member of the advisory board[4]
  • German Historical Museum (DHM), Member of the board of trustees (since 2005)
  • Foundation "Remembrance, Responsibility and Future", alternate member of the board of trustees (since 2005)
  • German-Hungarian Youth Office, Member of the board of trustees
  • Foundation Archives of Parties and Mass Organisations of the GDR in the Federal Archives (SAPMO), Member of the board of trustees (2009–2013)

From 2010 until 2018, Mayer served as the president of the Federal Agency for Technical Relief (Technisches Hilfswerk-Bundesvereinigung e.V.) and president of the Federal Civil Defence and Protection against disasters in Federal Republic of Germany.

Political positionsEdit

Following the 2016 Munich shooting, Mayer called for a review of Germany's gun laws and for stricter enforcement, arguing that "I support stricter regulations on the weapons trade and the creation of a European weapons registry modeled on the German national registry."[5]

In early 2017, Mayer and his colleague Armin Schuster of the CDU presented a joint proposal for a flexible target for how many asylum seekers Germany should accept each year as a compromise to end a row between CDU and CSU over immigration. In a letter to the two parties’ chairpersons, Chancellor Angela Merkel and Minister-President Horst Seehofer, they called for Germany to set a new target each year based on the humanitarian situation in crisis zones worldwide and on Germany's ability to absorb newcomers.[6]

In June 2017, Mayer voted against Germany's introduction of same-sex marriage.[7]