Michael Freytag (born 4 May 1958 in Hamburg) is a German politician, jurist, former minister of finance of Hamburg and former chairman of the CDU Hamburg.
Life and work
After finishing school in 1977 at Wandsbeker Matthias-Claudius-Gymnasium, Freytag first completed an apprenticeship as a bank clerk and then studied law at the University of Hamburg. For some time he worked in overseas offices of the Federal Republic of Germany in Chicago and at the German Business Association of Hong Kong. In 1990 he graduated with a PhD thesis on the possibilities and limits of parliamentary reform of the German Bundestag. From 1991 to 2001, Michael Freytag worked in corporate banking at Deutsche Bank AG. Following this, Freytag moved full-time into politics. Michael Freytag, is married and has three children.
In 1982, Freytag became a member of the district assembly Hamburg-Nord. There, he was Chairman of the Group from 1986 and has since 2000 has been District Chairman of Hamburg-Nord. From 2002 to 2007 he served as Deputy Chairman of the CDU in Hamburg. On 15 September 2007 he was elected with 93.62% of the votes in place of Dirk Fischer to become chairman of the CDU in Hamburg, and again in June 2008 with 72.95% of the votes.
Freytag was from 1982 to 1991, a representative of the district assembly in Hamburg-Nord and was here from 1986 to 1991 Chairman of the CDU parliamentary group.
Since 1991, Freytag has been a member of the Hamburg Parliament, and from 2001 to 2004 where he was Group Chairman of the CDU.
On 17 March 2004 he was appointed as a Senator for Urban Development and Environment in the Senate of Hamburg, led by Ole von Beust and on January 1, 2007 he succeeded Wolfgang Peiner as Finance Senator of Hamburg following his resignation from political office.
In March 2010, Freytag resigned from his position as chairman and as Senator of Finance.