Tschentscher rebuilds Senate
Created: 2022-11-28Updated: 2022-11-28, 6:35 p.m
Peter Tschentscher (SPD), First Mayor and President of the Senate of Hamburg.
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Hamburg's Mayor Peter Tschentscher has to reshuffle his government team.
One senator and one senator leave the senate - two new women are to follow.
Hamburg – Hamburg's Mayor Peter Tschentscher (SPD) has announced a reshuffle of the red-green Senate.
Social Senator Melanie Leonhard is to lead the economic authority in the future.
Tschentscher announced this on Monday.
State Councilor Melanie Schlotzhauer is to move up to the top of the social authority.
Tschentscher wants to propose the city planner Karen Pein as the new city development senator.
Nothing will change in the layout of the departments.
The Senate reshuffle is necessary because Economics Senator Michael Westhagemann (independent) and Urban Development Senator Dorothee Stapelfeldt (SPD) want to leave the Senate.
For the first time since 2010, a party-affiliated senator will head the economics authority in the form of SPD state chairwoman Leonhard - both Westhagemann and his two predecessors were non-party senators.
In addition, with the decision for Schlotzhauer and Pein, Tschentscher comes closer to parity in the Senate: If there are now four female senators versus seven senators, the ratio will only be five to six in the future - provided the consent of the citizenry is given.
It is to be voted on on December 15th.
Schlotzhauer has been responsible for health in the social authority since 2020.
Born in 1971, the administrator and political scientist is also rooted in the SPD: Until 2013 she was district chairwoman in Altona.
Pein has been managing director of the urban development company IBA since 2015 and also has family ties to the SPD: Her husband Milan Pein is a member of the parliament and SPD district chairman in Eimsbüttel.
The opposition sees Tschentscher's reshuffle as a missed opportunity.
"The red-green Senate will not be able to make a necessary new start with this castling," said CDU faction leader Dennis Thering.
He does not understand why Interior Senator Andy Grote (SPD) and Justice Senator Anna Gallina (Greens) are not replaced.
"Two crucial weaknesses remain in the Senate," said AfD faction leader Dirk Nockemann.
Grote and Gallina "made more negative headlines in this legislature than the outgoing senators in their entire political career".
New heads alone are not enough, said the chairmen of the left-wing faction, Sabine Boeddinghaus and Cansu Özdemir.
"Hamburg needs a change in policy for a sustainable and social city that people can afford again," they demanded.