|Mayor of Frankfurt am Main|
1 July 2012
|Petra Roth (CDU)|
|Frankfurt City Council|
7 October 1958 |
|Political party||Social Democratic Party (SPD)|
|Children||Daughter, who was born in 2009|
|Alma mater||University of Marburg until 1986|
Peter Feldmann (born 7 October 1958) is a German politician of the Social Democratic Party (SPD). On 25 March 2012, he was elected Mayor of Frankfurt-am-Main as successor of Petra Roth (CDU). Feldmann took over the office of mayor on 1 July 2012.
Peter Feldmann was born into a Jewish family, in Helmstedt. After passing the Abitur at Frankfurt Ernst-Reuter-Schule in 1979, he spent a year in an Israeli Kibbutz where he became a gardener. He then studied political science at the University of Marburg until 1986, before he took on an academic career as a lecturer there. Later he specialised in economics for the social sector, becoming a Sozialbetriebswirt in 2009. Feldmann has worked for several German non-profit organizations, both for hire, and as a volunteer.
Feldmann joined the SPD in 1974. From 1981, he took an active part in university politics as chair of the General Students' Committee, or AStA, at Marburg university. In the same year he was also elected vice president of the SPD youth organization Young Socialists in the SPD, or Jusos, in the German State of Hesse. He joined the Frankfurt city council in 1988 and was elected vice president of his party's parliamentary group in 2004.
In 2007, Feldmann together with Sergey Lagodinsky was a co-founder of the Arbeitskreis jüdischer Sozialdemokratinnen und Sozialdemokraten, or AJS, a committee of Jewish members within the SPD. Feldmann has described himself as a "liberal Jew", but says his beliefs are a private matter.
In a ballot on 25 March 2012, Feldmann was elected mayor of Frankfurt am Main, gaining 57.4 percent of the votes cast against his competitor Boris Rhein (CDU) who came out second with 42.6 percent. Feldmann was successful with an election programme putting social aspects such as affordable housing on top of the agenda. Mr Feldmann "is also a strong advocate of Israel's security", the Jerusalem Post noted. He is the first German-Jewish politician to be elected mayor of Frankfurt since Ludwig Landmann who was expelled from his office in 1933. Although some papers said after his election that he was the first Jewish politician to be elected mayor of any major city in Germany since World War II, he was probably second to Herbert Weichmann (SPD) who was elected mayor of Hamburg in 1965.
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