Ex-Mayor becomes State Secretary in Wiesbaden
Frankfurt. – The more than 30-year political career of the former mayor and treasurer Uwe Becker (CDU) continues. Prime Minister Volker Bouffier (CDU) will propose the 52-year-old to the cabinet as the new State Secretary for Federal and European Affairs. The previous Secretary of State for Europe, Mark Weinmeister, will be President of the Government of Kassel on February 1st.
“I find the task extremely attractive,” said Becker. No federal state is as dependent on Europe as Hessen because of the banks and the airport. At the same time, no federal state is so important for Europe because of the European Central Bank (ECB) and the ESA space agency in Darmstadt.
He currently holds the honorary position of anti-Semitism commissioner of the state government in Wiesbaden, which he took up on April 8, 2019. The new Frankfurt city government made up of the Greens, SPD, FDP and Volt voted out Becker and two other CDU department heads on September 8th.
Becker started his political career in 1991 as chairman of the CDU Nieder-Eschbach, where he still lives today with his wife and twins John and Melissa in a sky-blue terraced house. The district is Becker’s hometown. His parents’ house is there, great-uncle Heinrich, a social democrat, was mayor of the once independent Nieder-Eschbach before the Nazi rule and after the war.
In 1995 Becker moved into the city council in Frankfurt. From 1999 to 2001 he worked as a parliamentary deputy. In 2001 he took over the chairmanship of the CDU parliamentary group in the Römer. Then he completely decided to switch full-time in politics and, in addition to the office from 2004, he was also the managing director of the CDU parliamentary group in the Römer. In 2006 he was one of the protagonists of the black-green coalition.
On July 13, 2006, Becker was elected full-time city councilor for the city of Frankfurt and was initially the department head for social affairs, youth and sport. In April 2007 he became city treasurer. In 2012 he was re-elected to the magistrate at the end of his first term. On July 14, 2016, the Frankfurt city council elected him mayor of Frankfurt. He continued to hold the office of town treasurer. The fact that the Greens stayed in power in 2016 was also thanks to Becker, who advocated this as the CDU district chairman at the time.
Peter Feldmann (SPD) better chances. One can assume that Becker will renounce a difficult field. Did he consider a candidacy against the populist Feldmann to be hopeless anyway? It will probably remain Becker’s lifelong dream to one day become mayor of his hometown.
During Becker’s time in the magistrate, important decisions were made for the metropolis on the Main: the construction of the Waldstadion, the new old town, the new construction of the Höchst Clinic. Nevertheless, he always kept an eye on the finances: As treasurer, he left the city of Frankfurt in the quarter of his departure (03/2021) reserves of 284 million euros.
In his new position, Becker will also benefit his international relations. He is active as President of the Friends of Tel Aviv University in Germany, as President of the German-Israeli Society and as Deputy Chairman of the German-Israeli Society in Frankfurt. He visits Tel Aviv, the twin city of the Main metropolis, regularly. He is Honorary President of the Franco-German Society in Frankfurt and a member of the Presidium of the German-American Steuben-Schurz Society.
The trained banker is a Homo Politicus through and through. During his time as a member of the magistrate, he published the motto: “Life is too short to just waste it on itself.” Becker enjoys a great reputation in Frankfurt across party lines. On the day of his election, September 8th, he defended his successor Eskandari-Grünberg (Greens) against a sharp personal attack by BFF city councilor Mathias Mund, which earned him the standing applause from almost the entire city parliament.
Becker was never personally injured in the political debate. His fairness, integrity, reliability and hard work are valued – also by political opponents. Thomas Remlein