Thomas Kufen

Mayor of Essen is Thomas Kufen. He was born on 5 August 1973 in Essen.

Kufen was a member of the Landtag of North Rhine-Westphalia from 2000 to 2005 and again from 2012 until 21 October 2015. Between 2005 and 2010, he served as Commissioner for Integration in the state government of Minister-President Jürgen Rüttgers.

Since 2015 Kufen has been Lord mayor of Essen.

Kufen has also been part of the CDU leadership in North Rhine-Westphalia under party chairman Armin Laschet since 2014. Following the 2017 state elections in North Rhine-Westphalia, Kufen was part of Laschet’s team in the negotiations with the Free Democrats (FDP) on a coalition agreement. He served in the working group on municipal policy.

On the national level, Kufen was a CDU delegate to the Federal Convention for the purpose of electing the President of Germany in 2004 and 2017.

Source: Wikipedia