Gabriele Pauli (born on (1957-06-26) June 26, 1957 in Schweich, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany) is a German politician, formerly with the conservative Christian Social Union (CSU) party. She was the District Administrator for the rural district of Fürth from 1990 to 2008.
In 2006 and 2007, Pauli's open criticism of Edmund Stoiber, fellow CSU member and minister-president of the German state of Bavaria, led to a crisis in the party which ultimately resulted in Stoiber's resignation.
On 21 September 2007, Pauli shocked the Catholic German state by suggesting marriage should expire after seven years, at which time couples could then extend or dissolve the marriage.
She lost a run for the leadership of Bavaria's CSU party in an election won by Erwin Huber by a large margin. Pauli herself received only 2.5% of the votes.
She left the CSU on 21 November 2007. In June 2008 she joined the Freie Wähler Bayern (Independent Voters Association of Bavaria). She was one of the party's candidates for the parliament of the state of Bavaria (Landtag of Bavaria) on 28 September 2008. Although she was listed as candidate number 8 in Central Franconia (Mittelfranken), she was ranked first by the region's voters (Bavaria has an open-list system), making her one of the two Independent Voters Association candidates elected from Central Franconia. She then ran for the European Parliament on June 7, 2009, but her party got only 1.7% of the votes across Germany.