Life and career
After graduating from high school in 1964 in Rheinberg Bahr holds a degree in mathematics and astronomy at Pedagogical University of Potsdam, which he finished in 1968 as a graduate teacher. He then worked as a teacher until 1989, first in Linum and later in Fehrbellin.
Ernst Bahr is divorced and has three sons.
1989 Bahr was a founding member of the Social Democratic Party of the GDR in Neuruppin. From 1990 to 2005 he was chairman of the SPD sub-district Ostprignitz -Ruppin and 1992-1994 deputy chairman of the SPD in Brandenburg.
Member of Parliament
From 1990 to 1996 Bahr belonged to the county council of the county Neuruppin or 1993 of the district Ostprignitz- Ruppin.
From 1994 to 2009 he was a member of the German Bundestag. Here he was from 1998 to 2002 Speaker of the National Group of Brandenburg and the East German deputies in the SPD parliamentary group. In the 16th legislative period (2005-2009), he represented his faction in the audit and the Budget Committee.
Ernst Bahr in 1994 and 1998 as a directly elected representative of the constituency Neuruppin - drawn Havel country I in the Bundestag - Kyritz - Wittstock - injection Walk - pearl mountain and since 2002 the constituency Prignitz - Ostprignitz- Ruppin. In the 2005 federal election he reached here 38.5% of the primary vote.
In the 2009 federal election he did not campaign for the German Bundestag; the successor in his constituency is the current deputy leader of the SPD Dagmar Ziegler.
Bahr was 1990-1993 District Administrator of Neuruppin.
2005 Bahr was the SPD's candidate for the office of mayor of Neuruppin. In the first round he missed with a vote share of 49.80 %, the absolute majority only just. In the runoff election on 6 February 2005 he lost to Jens -Peter Golde, who could unite 50.26 % of the votes.