Tobias Hans (born 1 February 1978) is a German politician of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) who has been serving as Minister President of Saarland since 2018.

Tobias Hans
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Tobias Hans
Minister-President of Saarland
Assumed office
1 March 2018
PresidentFrank-Walter Steinmeier
ChancellorAngela Merkel
DeputyAnke Rehlinger
Preceded byAnnegret Kramp-Karrenbauer
Leader of the Christian Democratic Union in the Saarland
Assumed office
19 October 2018
Preceded byAnnegret Kramp-Karrenbauer
Leader of the Christian Democratic Union in the Landtag of Saarland
In office
24 November 2015 – 1 March 2018
Preceded byKlaus Meiser
Succeeded byAlexander Funk
Personal details
Born (1978-02-01) 1 February 1978 (age 43)
Neunkirchen, Saarland, West Germany
Political partyChristian Democratic Union

Political careerEdit

Hans became a member of the Landtag of Saarland after the Saarland state election in 2009. On 24 November 2015, Hans was elected as chairman of the CDU Parliamentary Group in the Landtag of Saarland.[1]

As one of the Saarland's representatives at the Bundesrat, Hans serves on the Committee on Foreign Affairs, the Committee on Defence and the Committee on Cultural Affairs. He is also a member of the German-French Friendship Group set up by the Bundesrat and the French Senate.

Hans was a CDU delegate to the Federal Convention for the purpose of electing the President of Germany in 2017.

On 1 March 2018, Hans was elected as Minister-President of Saarland by a 40 to 11 vote. He is the youngest serving head of a German state government.

Other activitiesEdit

  • Cultural Foundation of the German States (KdL), chairman of the council[2]
  • Deutsches Museum, ex officio member of the board of trustees[3]
  • RAG-Stiftung, ex officio member of the board of trustees (since 2018)

Political positionsEdit

Ahead of the Christian Democrats’ leadership election in 2018, Hans publicly endorsed Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer to succeed Angela Merkel as the party's chair.[4] For the 2021 national elections, he later supported Markus Söder as the Christian Democrats' joint candidate to succeed Merkel as Chancellor.[5]


  1. ^ "Tobias Hans ist neuer Fraktionschef der CDU im Saar-Landtag" (in German). Focus. 24 November 2015. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  2. ^ Board of Trustees Cultural Foundation of the German States (KdL).
  3. ^ Board of Trustees Deutsches Museum.
  4. ^ Maria Stöhr (December 6, 2018), Kampf um die Merkel-Nachfolge: Wer wählt wen? Der Spiegel.
  5. ^ Second CDU premier drops support for Laschet's German chancellery run Reuters, April 16, 2021.

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Party political offices
Preceded by Leader of the Christian Democratic Union in Saarland
Political offices
Preceded by Chief minister of Saarland