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Helma Orosz
Mayor of Dresden

Helma Orosz

Helma Orosz
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Intro Mayor of Dresden
Is Politician Educator Educator
From Germany Germany
Field Academia Politics
Gender female
Birth 11 May 1953, Görlitz, Görlitz, Saxony, Germany
Age 69 years
Star sign Taurus
Residence Loschwitz
Politics Christian Democratic Union
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Biography

Helma Orosz ([ˈoros]; born 11 May 1953 in Görlitz) is a German politician and member of the CDU. She was the Saxon State Minister for Social Affairs between 2003 and 2008 and Oberbürgermeister (mayor) of Dresden since June 2008.

Administrative work

Orosz worked as assistant director of a nursery school in Weißwasser since the 1970s. In 1989 she became leader of the district nursery school association, and in 1990 she was appointed head of Weißwasser district's department of health and social services. She kept that position when the district was merged into the Niederschlesischer Oberlausitzkreis.

Political career

Orosz joined the CDU in 2000. She was elected mayor of Weißwasser in 2001. Saxon minister president Georg Milbradt appointed her minister of social affairs in 2003.

In 2008 Orosz was elected mayor of Dresden as a first woman in that function. She received 47.61% of the vote on the first ballot and 64% on the second ballot. Orosz campaigned as a representative of the progressive "urbane" wing of the CDU, in line with mayors Petra Roth of Frankfurt and Ole von Beust of Hamburg.

Orosz supported the construction of the Waldschlösschen Bridge which cost Dresden its status as a World Heritage Site. As a protest against the bridge artist Erika Lust in 2009 created a painting which depicted a bare-breasted Orosz in front of the bridge. Orosz obtained a preliminary injunction against public display of the painting, but the Oberlandesgericht ("Higher Regional Court") judged the artistic freedom and the artist's freedom of expression more important than Orosz' personal rights. Orosz did not appeal to the Federal Constitutional Court.

In 2011 Orosz was diagnosed with breast cancer. She received medical treatment for ten months and re-assumed her duties in March 2012.

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