Frank Magnitz

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Frank Magnitz
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Frank Magnitz (2019)
Member of the Bundestag
Assumed office
2017
ConstituencyBremen
Personal details
Born
Frank Rüdiger Heinrich Magnitz

(1952-06-29) 29 June 1952 (age 66)
Neuenkirchen, Lower Saxony, West Germany
(now Germany)
CitizenshipGerman
Political partyAlternative for Germany
Children6
ResidenceBremen
OccupationPolitician

Frank Rüdiger Heinrich Magnitz (born 29 June 1952) is a German politician from the Alternative for Germany (Alternative für Deutschland, AfD) party. He has been speaker of the Bremen branch of the AfD since 2015 and a Member of the Bundestag since 2017.

Biography[edit]

Magnitz was born in Neuenkirchen in the district of Diepholz in Lower Saxony.[1] He has qualifications in banking and teaching, has worked for Bremen social services and founded a commercial construction company,[2] and is a property manager and estate agent.[1][3]

Political career[edit]

Originally a German Communist Party member and for many years a CDU voter, he joined the AfD in 2013, the year it was founded,[3] largely over anti-Muslim and anti-euro sentiments.[2] He became speaker of the Bremen branch in June 2015. In May 2015 he was elected to the council for the borough of Burglesum [de],[4] and in the 2017 German federal election he won a levelling seat in the German parliament, the Bundestag,[5] where he is a member of the committees for construction, housing, urban development and community and for traffic and digital infrastructure and a deputy member of the committee for environment, protection of nature and nuclear security.[1]

On 7 January 2019, Magnitz was attacked after leaving a reception at the Bremen Kunsthalle, and badly injured.[6] Surveillance video showed three people, one of whom struck him a blow to the base of the skull with an elbow.[7][8]

Personal life[edit]

Magnitz is married and has six children.[1][2] He lives in the St. Magnus section of Burglesum.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Frank Magnitz, AfD" (in German). Bundestag. Retrieved 2019-01-12.
  2. ^ a b c d Jürgen Theiner (8 September 2017). "AfD-Kandidat Frank Magnitz im Porträt. Gegen Merkel und Mohammed". Weser-Kurier (in German). Retrieved 2019-01-09.
  3. ^ a b "Frank Magnitz. Sprecher des Landesvorstandes. Vita" (in German). Alternative für Bremen. Archived from the original on 2015-10-29.
  4. ^ Jürgen Theiner (15 May 2015). "Beiräte ohne klare Mehrheiten". Weser-Kurier (in German). Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  5. ^ Frank Hethey (25 September 2017). "Bremer AfD-Mann schafft es in den Bundestag". Weser-Kurier (in German). Retrieved 2019-01-12.
  6. ^ "German far-right MP Frank Magnitz badly hurt in Bremen attack". BBC News. 8 January 2019. Retrieved 2019-01-12.
  7. ^ Ansgar Siemens (9 January 2019). "AfD: Frank Magnitz spricht über den gewaltsamen Angriff". Der Spiegel (in German). Retrieved 2019-01-12.
  8. ^ "Police release CCTV of an attack on German MP Frank Magnitz" (video). BBC News. 11 January 2019. Retrieved 2019-01-13.