On September 1st, 2016, the State Parliament of Saxony-Anhalt elected Mrs. Gabriele Brakebusch as its President by a large majority. Mrs. Brakebusch brings in many years of experience, as she has been already a Member of the State Parliament since 2002. Prior to her career as a politician, the 62-years old Mrs. Brakebusch used to work as a preschool teacher and head of a day-care centre. After the reunification of Germany, she completed a training as an administrative specialist.
1998, Gabriele Brakebusch entered the CDU and executed several functions on local, county and state level. Being a shepherd’s daughter, in the State Parliament of Saxony-Anhalt she made a reputation as an expert in agriculture and environment. Mrs. Brakebusch is a married Protestant and has three children and six grand-children. She lives in the Börde county in a community of 2,000 inhabitants, called Harbke.
The President of the State Parliament’s tasks
As “first among equals“ the President of the State Parliament takes a special position. She is elected from among the Members of Parliament and leads the sessions of the State Parliament and the parliamentary advisory committee. This means that she is responsible for the correct treatments of all parliamentary initiatives. She is the Parliament’s highest representative and the most senior politician of Saxony-Anhalt. In this function, she is obliged to write out the adopted laws. To write out, in this case, means, that she, as an independent body proves, if the law is based on the constitution.
During the first inaugural meeting of the new legislative period, the President of the State is elected. Traditionally, the strongest political fraction proposes one of her members as a candidate for the President of the State Parliament. If she is hindered, she has two vice presidents on her side, to take over her work, and also to support her during the State Parliament’s meetings and on the Parliament’s exterior representative activities.