Karl-Josef Laumann

Karl -Josef Laumann ( born July 11, 1957 in Giant Beck) is a German politician ( CDU). Since December 2013 he has been a Permanent State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Health Agent of the Federal Government for patients and carers.

From 2005 to 2010 he was Minister of Labour, Health and Social Affairs of North Rhine-Westphalia and 2010-2013 Chairman of the CDU faction in the parliament of North Rhine -Westphalia. On May 15, 2012 - two days after the early state election in North Rhine-Westphalia, where the CDU only 26.3 percent scored ( 8.3 percentage points less than in 2010 ) - Laumann was again unanimously elected CDU parliamentary group chairman.

In an interview, he announced on May 15, to run for the vacated by the resignation of CDU state chairman Norbert Röttgen items. On May 23, Laumann said that he renounced the presidency and instead remains Chairman of the Group in Düsseldorf parliament.

Background and education

Laumann and his two brothers grew up in a conservative catholic family in Birgte. He attended from 1968 to 1974 the rake Mountain Secondary School in Hoerstel, from which he graduated with the school certificate (Type 10 A). During his training as a machinist, he graduated to 1977, Laumann became a member of IG Metall. His military service ( last rank Corporal ) he completed until 1978. From 1978 to 1990 Laumann worked as a machinist at NIEMEYER Agricultural Engineering GmbH in Hörstel giants Beck. During this time he was also active as a full-time Works in the company.

Karl -Josef Laumann, married to Agnes Laumann, is the father of three children and lives in giant Beck. He is one of the very few people in Germany, who have managed to become a politician in a top position a party with a secondary school.

CDU politician since 1974

Laumann began his political career at the Junge Union in the district of Steinfurt, whose honorary president he is to this day (2012 ). Since 1974 he is a member of the CDU and since 1977 also of the Christian- Democratic labor force (CDA ). Laumann was from 1986 to November 4, 2010 Chairman of the CDU district Steinfurt Association and since 2003 Chairman of the CDU district association Munsterland. Laumann also a member of the CDU Federal Board and, since 2004, the Federal Bureau of CDU. Since 2005 he has been National Chairman of the CDA ( Christian Democratic labor force ). He feels his own words especially the Christian image of man of the CDU and its social teachings committed. After the 2005 parliamentary elections Laumann was appointed as Minister of Labour, Health and Social Affairs led by Prime Minister Jürgen Rüttgers state government of North Rhine -Westphalia on 25 June 2005.

For many years Laumann in the Catholic Workers' Movement ( KAB ) is active. In April 1998 he was appointed district chairman of the over 7000 -member KAB North Munster country selected.

CDU member of the Bundestag from 1990 to 2005

Laumann was from 1990 until his retirement on 28 June 2005 Member of the German Bundestag. Here he was from 2000 to 2002 Chairman of the Working Group on Labour and Social Affairs and from 2002 to 2005, Chairman of the Working Group on Economy and Labour of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group. As a directly elected deputy he had the choice Steinfurt II

NRW State Parliament 2005-2013

The North Rhine -Westphalian Landtag He joined August 4, 2005, when he nachrückte for the retired deputies Hans Peter Lindlar. From 2010 to 2013 he was chairman of the CDU faction in the parliament. In the preferred NRW state election 13 May 2012 Laumann successfully defended his constituency Steinfurt II with 45.1 % of the primary vote. On December 18, 2013 Laumann resigned and thus also the CDU parliamentary group chairman.

Political positions

Shortly before the CDU party congress in November 2006 came Laumann a discussion of the social systems, as he said in an interview with the Westdeutsche Zeitung: "The principle that someone who has long paid contributions for a longer time relates the unemployment compensation as a young drunkard, who has done nothing, is correct and socially ". This statement was both in the Union and in the company subject to much debate. While more left standing groups strongly criticized the choice of words and apologies demanded Laumann received from the bourgeois camp and from the unions of positive feedback. At the party itself there was a noticeable swirling towards the CDU on the proposals of Rüttgers and Laumann, to strengthen the social competence of the Party and to become more active again as lessons from the federal election in this field.

Mid-November 2011 agreed the federal CDU party conference in Leipzig on her for a design that is forcing all industries to establish a minimum wage. Laumann fought for years for this project; 2011, also Chancellor Angela Merkel, Labour Minister Ursula von der Leyen and other CDU leaders were in favor.

In May 2012, Laumann expressed his incomprehension about the dismissal of Minister Röttgen by Chancellor Angela Merkel. Laumann has been widely quoted as saying "Today's dismissal of Röttgen scares me. I do not understand that Röttgen to Sunday night 18 clock was considered the ideal environment minister, who he was, and will be released today. "


  • Member of IG Metall
  • Member of the Kolping Society
  • A member of the Catholic Workers' Movement


  • 2005: Federal Cross of Merit
  • 2006: Heinrich -Brauns Prize
  • 2011: rifleman of the citizens shooting club St.Hubertus Birgte eV


  • Cabinet Rüttgers