Dorothee Stapelfeldt

Dorothee Stapelfeldt ( born August 12, 1956 in Hamburg ) is a German doctorate art historian and politician (SPD). She's since March 23, 2011 Deputy Mayor and Senator for Science and Research of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. From 1986 to 2011 she was a member of the Hamburg Parliament, and from 2000 to 2004 she was the first President of citizenship. On March 7, 2011, she was re-elected to this office. After her appointment to the Second Mayor and Senator for Science and Research she resigned from this office.

Life and career

After graduation in 1975 Stapelfeldt studied art history, German literature, and social and economic history. In 1989, she completed a doctorate on the housing of the 50s in Hamburg. She is the mother of two children.

From 1997 to 2000 she was a parliamentary secretary of the SPD parliamentary group and 2000-2004 President of the Hamburg Parliament. From 2005 to 2011 she worked as Head of collaborations and as Chief Executive Officer for cooperation at Volksfürsorge AG.


While a student, she was active in both the student as well as in academic administration. In 1978 was her entry into the SPD. From 1978 to 1980 she was student council president of the University of Hamburg. From 1980 to 1984 she was a member of the State Executive Committee of the Young Socialists Hamburg, they also represented the Land executive of the SPD Hamburg. From 1994 to 2000, and from 2004 to 2007 she was deputy state chairman. From 2000 to 2011 she was also deputy chairman of the party council of the SPD.

In the years 1981 to 1985 she was deputy of the Ministry of Science and Research. Member of the Hamburg Parliament it is since 1986. During the years 1997 to 2000 she worked as a parliamentary secretary of the SPD and 2000 to 2004 as President of the Hamburg Parliament. 2005 tried Dorothee Stapelfeldt direct candidate of the SPD for the constituency 21 ( Eimsbuettel ) in the general election in 2005 to be, but was defeated in the internal party vote with 31 votes to 58 against their candidates Niels Annen.

The State Executive Committee meeting of the SPD Hamburg on 22 January 2007, she announced in a members' vote at the place of the SPD mayor candidate of going on in 2008 against the SPD regional chairman Mathias Petersen. This vote was indeed carried out on 25 February 2007 after a week-long campaign, but canceled due to suspected manipulation during the count.

Dorothee Stapelfeldt declared shortly thereafter, not to stand on as SPD mayor candidate available.

In the 19th legislature of the Hamburg Parliament she perceived the office of Vice Presidents of the SPD and at the same time acted as a technical spokesperson for science and research of her group.

In the inaugural session of the 20th Hamburg Parliament on March 7, 2011, she was elected with 108 votes out of 119 votes again in the Office of the President citizenship.

However, two weeks later she was already back from this office after she was appointed by Olaf Scholz to the new Minister for Science and Research and the second mayor.


Stapelfeldt is a member of the trade union Verdi, the SJD - Die Falken, the BUND and the Rotary Club.


  • Dorothee Stapelfeldt: Residential 50s in Hamburg. Münster / Hamburg, 1993 ( Oktokon. studies on architecture and urbanism. Band 7), ISBN 3-88660-775-5