Winfried Hermann (born 19 July 1952 in Rottenburg am Neckar) is a German politician. He is a member of the Green party. From 1998 to 2011 he was a MP of the German Bundestag. Since 2011 he has been State Minister of Transport in the Cabinets Kretschmann I and II. From 1992 to 1997 he was chairman of The Greens in Baden-Württemberg.
Life and career
After high school diploma Hermann studied German Philology, Political Science and Sports at the University of Tübingen. From 1979 to 1984 he was trained and worked as a high school teacher in Stuttgart. In 1984 he was elected to the Landtag of Baden-Württemberg for the Green Party, of which he was a member to 1988.
In 1992, Hermann became chief of Baden-Württemberg Green Party. In 1998, he was elected to the Bundestag. He was a MP of the Bundestag until the year of 2011. In this capacity, he served as deputy chairman of the Committee on the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (1998-2005), member of the Parliamentary Advisory Board on Sustainability (2005-2009) and chairman of the Committee on Transport, Building and Urban Affairs (2009-2011). At the same time, he was his parliamentary group's spokesperson on transportation policy.
While still in parliament, Hermann joined Gerhard Schick, Hans-Christian Ströbele and Anton Hofreiter in their successful 2011 constitutional complaint against the refusal of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government to provide information on the Deutsche Bahn and financial market supervision. In its judgment pronounced in 2017, the Federal Constitutional Court held that the government had indeed failed to fulfil its duty to give answers in response to parliamentary queries and to sufficiently substantiating the reasons.
In 2011, Hermann went back to Baden-Württemberg state politics and became State Minister for Transportation of the government of Winfried Kretschmann. As one of his state's representatives at the Bundesrat, he serves on the Committee on Transport. In the 2016 state elections, he was also re-elected into the Landtag of Baden-Württemberg.
- Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway (BNetzA), Member of the Rail Infrastructure Advisory Council (2005-2009)
- Federal Agency for Civic Education (BPB), Member of the Board of Trustees (1998-2005)
- Stuttgart Airport, Ex-Officio Chairman of the Supervisory Board
- Deutsche Flugsicherung (DFS), Member of the Advisory Board
- Nahverkehrsgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg (NVBW), Ex-Officio Chairman of the Supervisory Board
- Institut Solidarische Moderne (ISM), Member (since 2010)
Hermann lives in Stuttgart. He is married and has one child.