Torsten Albig

Torsten Albig ( born May 25, 1963 in Bremen ) is a German politician ( SPD). From 2009 to 2012, he was mayor of the Schleswig-Holstein state capital Kiel. Since June 12, 2012 he was Minister -President of Schleswig -Holstein.


Torsten Albig grew up in East Holstein and Bielefeld. In 1982, he graduated from high school, then he began to study history and social sciences at the University of Bielefeld, however, changed in 1984 to the law. His focus was on tax, business and employment law. The Assessorexamen he laid in 1991 from the Oberlandesgericht Dusseldorf.

1992 Albigensian joined the corps of tax administration of Schleswig- Holstein. 1993 to 1994 he was deputy head of Landesfinanzschule Schleswig- Holstein in Malente. In 1994 he was secretary for finance and taxation in the Representation of the State of Schleswig- Holstein to the Federal Government in Bonn. 1996 to 1998 he was on leave for a job at the SPD Planning Staff. 1998 to 2001 he worked with the Executive Staff of the Federal Ministry of Finance and in 1998 also serve as Chairman of the Federal Ministry of Finance and Head of Section Press and Public Relations. In 2001 he retired from the civil service and became Group Spokesperson and Head of Press Department of Dresdner Bank AG in Frankfurt am Main.

He was Councillor for Public Affairs, Order, Personal and Home Affairs of Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel, 2003 City Treasurer, 2005 also responsible department head involved in the areas of waste management and culture in 2002. In the same year, the additional assumption of the function to the plant manager of the waste management operation Kiel ( ABK ). 2004 was the Albigensian Schleswig -Holstein Fire Department Cross of Honor awarded in bronze.

From 1 February 2006 until the end of May 2009 was Albigensian spokesman for the Federal Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück and leader in the communication of the BMF, 2007 communication was to Ministerialdirigenten and Deputy Director appointed and took over 2008 concurrently with his appointment as Secretary of State, the Head of Department Legal Department and Service in the BMF. His successor as press spokesman and media officer was on May 1, 2009 Martin jewelry, previously head of the ZDF regional studios in Dusseldorf.

Torsten Albig is married and has two children. He lives with his family in the district of Kiel Suchsdorf.


Albigensian is a member of the SPD since 1982. 1984 to 1991 he was chairman of the local branch in Bielefeld, 1992-1994 Vice Chairman of the local branch Luetjenburg in the district of Plön. In 1994 he was elected as a candidate for the city council Lütjen Petersburg, it was followed by the appointment to the City Council as a member of the Municipal Council and leader of the SPD parliamentary group.

In September 2008, Torsten Albig was set up as the SPD's candidate for Mayor - direct election of the city of Kiel on 15 March 2009 and in the local elections on 15 March 2009 with 52.1 percent of the votes cast in the first ballot against incumbent Angelika Volquartz ( CDU ) as the new mayor of Kiel. He was sworn in on 11 June 2009 and entered the office on 17 June 2009.

As mayor he was also chairman of the board of promotion savings bank.

On February 8, 2010 Albigensian published together with the Kiel SPD Bundestag member Hans -Peter Bartels, Kiel SPD member of parliament Rolf Fischer and the SPD Councilwoman Gesa Langfeldt a paper with the name " city instead of state." In it, the signatories call for a stance of fiscal policy to the needs of local communities. In the media public primarily represents Torsten Albig these claims.

Early September 2010, stated Torsten Albig its readiness for the top candidate of the SPD to the elections of the Landtag of Schleswig- Holstein. In a survey of members to Albigensian sat with 57.22 % of the votes against, among others the country code and group chairman of the SPD Schleswig -Holstein, Ralf Stegner, by which received 32.15 % of votes cast.

At the state convention of the SPD in Schleswig-Holstein in Lübeck on 3 February 2012 Torsten Albig was elected with 96.7 % for the top candidates. He received 188 of 194 possible votes. 29 May 2012 Torsten Albig officially took his seat in Parliament to which he had won on May 6, 2012 on the list # 1 on the country list the SPD Schleswig -Holstein, and thus moved in the Schleswig -Holstein Landtag. At the same time he resigned the office of Lord Mayor of the City of Kiel; new mayor was Susanne Gaschke, in turn, resigned her post in October 2013 after a tax scandal.

State election 2012

Under Albigs top candidate for the parliamentary elections on May 6, 2012 put the SPD after the official results by five percentage points, but reached 30.4 percent of the vote just less than the CDU, which came to 30.8 percent of the vote. Since the FDP fell from 14.9 to 8.2 percent, missed the black-yellow coalition their previous majority. Due to the withdrawal of the Pirate Party ( 8.2 percent ), it also was not enough for a Red-Green majority. However, SPD, Alliance 90/The Greens and the SSW together received 35 of 69 votes and formed a coalition in the sequence. After completion of the coalition talks between the Albigensian parliament elected on 12 June 2012 for the Prime Minister. Albigensian received it by 37 votes, at least two voices of the opposition.