He was the CDU / CSU parliamentary group from 2005 to 2009 Chairman of the National Group of Berlin and was from May 2005 to September 2008 state chairman of the CDU in Berlin. From 1991 to 1999 he was State Secretary in Berlin.
Life and career
After graduation in 1976 at the Forest High School in Berlin -Westend Schmitt graduated in law at the Free University of Berlin, which he finished in 1983 with the first legal state exam. After the clerkship 1986, he got off and the second state examination. He was from 1986 to 1991 and again since 1999 as an independent lawyer operate.
Schmitt joined the CDU in 1975 in Berlin- Charlottenburg, Ortsverband castle, a. This local chapter under the leadership of Wolfgang Antes was disbanded in 1978 as part of local government reform within the Charlottenburg CDU, most members changed in the local chapter Lietzensee, chaired shortly thereafter turn Antes Wolfgang took over. Mid -1980s, Schmitt deposed his previous conveyor antes and took over his positions, first in the local chapter Lietzensee.
Schmitt 1978 Chairman of the District Association Charlottenburg of the Junge Union and thus belonged since 1978 the Board of the CDU district association Berlin -Charlottenburg, whose chairman he was in 1991 and until its merger stayed with the formerly independent district association Berlin- Wilmersdorf in 2000.
From 2000 he was chairman of the newly formed district association Charlottenburg -Wilmersdorf, he led until his resignation in February 2009.
Schmitt was elected deputy national chairman of the CDU in Berlin in 1997 and was followed in 2000 its general secretary. From this office he resigned in June 2001 after he had the former school minister Klaus Boeger (SPD ) called a " political whore ".
As of 2003, Schmitt was country treasurer, until he was finally elected in May 2005 for the state chairman of the CDU in Berlin.
During the debate over the leadership of the CDU in Berlin with the Group Chairman in the House Fried Pflüger in autumn 2008, he resigned as state chairman of the CDU Berlin on 1 October 2008. Successor was provisionally Joachim Zeller and on November 18, 2008 Frank Henkel selected. Henkel took over the group's presidency of Pflüger already on 11 September 2008. In the country's Assembly of Delegates of the CDU 22 November 2008 Schmitt Stefanie Vogelsang was defeated in the election to the promising third place on the Berlin State list for election to the 17th German Bundestag. His attempt instead the direct mandate in the Bundestag constituency Berlin- Charlottenburg- Wilmersdorf to win to feed back into the Bundestag, failed.
Member of Parliament
Schmitt belonged from 1981 to 1991 the Berlin House of Representatives and from 1999 to 2005 to the European Parliament at.
From 2005 to 2009 he was a member of the German Bundestag and Chairman of the National Committee here in Berlin for the CDU / CSU parliamentary group.
Schmitt was 1991-1996 State Secretary in the Senate Department for Transport and businesses, and from 1996 to 1999, the Senate Department for Construction, Housing and Transport of the State of Berlin.