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Olaf Scholz
Olaf Scholz, August 2009 - by SPD-Schleswig-Holstein.jpg
Olaf Scholz in 2009
First Mayor of Hamburg
Assumed office
7 March 2011
Preceded by Christoph Ahlhaus
Minister of Labour and Social Affairs
In office
21 November 2007 – 27 October 2009
Preceded by Franz Müntefering
Succeeded by Franz Josef Jung
Senator of the Interior of Hamburg
In office
30 May 2001 – 31 October 2001
Preceded by Hartmuth Wrocklage
Succeeded by Ronald Schill
Vice Chairman of SPD
with Hannelore Kraft, Klaus Wowereit and Manuela Schwesig
Assumed office
13 November 2009
Preceded by Frank-Walter Steinmeier
Peer Steinbrück
Andrea Nahles
Personal details
Born 6 June 1958 (1958-06-06) (age 61)
Osnabrück, Germany
Nationality  Germany
Political party SPD
Alma mater University of Hamburg
Occupation Lawyer

Olaf Scholz, born 14 June 1958(1958-06-14) in Osnabrück, is a German politician of the Social Democratic Party of Germany and has been Mayor of Hamburg since 7 March 2011.

From May to October 2001 he was Minister of the Interior (Innensenator) of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and from 2002 to 2004 he was general secretary of the SPD.

In 2005 Scholz was elected a member of the sixteenth Bundestag, and succeeded Franz Müntefering as Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, when the latter left office in 2007.[1]

In 2010 Olaf Scholz took part in the annual Bilderberg Meeting in Sitges, Spain.[2]

On 20 February 2011 the Social Democrats led by Scholz won the Hamburg state election, 2011 with 48.3% of the votes, resulting in 62 out of 121 seats in the Hamburg Parliament.[3] Scholz resigned as a member of the seventeenth Bundestag on 11 March 2011 shortly after his election as First Mayor.