German of the Week: Hamburg's mayor Olaf Scholz

Take a listen to our German of the Week section where we put the spotlight on a prominent person from this week’s news, a German citizen, or even a foreigner who we deem an ‘honorary German’, who has had an affect, for better or worse, on German culture, society or politics.

This episode, our German of the week is Olaf Scholz. Scholz is a politician in the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and has been the mayor of Hamburg since 2011.

Image: Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung / Flickr

Image: Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung / Flickr

He started out after High School by studying law. He completed completed his law degree in 1985 and worked in Hamburg as a lawyer and partner in the law firm Zimmerman, Scholz, and partners.

He knew he was interested in politics from a young age. He joined the SPD as a high school student in 1975. From 1982 until 1988 he was the Deputy National Chairman of the social democratic youth organization. As well as being the vice president of the international union of socialist youths.

In 1994 until 2000 he held the position of chairman of the SPD district in Hamburg-Altona. And from 2000 until 2004 he was the regional chairman of Hamburg. IN 2009 he was elected by the SPD as the 5 deputy national chairman.

On Sunday, elections were held in Hamburg, where the SPD came way out in front, with ZDF reporting over 46% of the votes going to the center-left party - a confident victory, though not enough to achieve an absolute majority. Still, it’s more than enough to confirm Scholz’s reelection as mayor of Germany’s second-largest city.