For years he had a decisive influence on politics in Saxony-Anhalt - now the former Finance Minister Jens Bullerjahn has died.
Magdeburg (dpa/sa) - The former Saxony-Anhalt Finance Minister Jens Bullerjahn (SPD) is dead. The 60-year-old died on Saturday in a hospital in Eisleben (Mansfeld-Südharz district), as a government spokesman and Bullerjahn's former State Secretary Jörg Felgner ( SPD) of the German Press Agency confirmed on Saturday evening. Born in Halle, Bullerjahn was finance minister in Saxony-Anhalt from 2006 to 2016.
In an interview with the "Mitteldeutsche Zeitung" this year, the SPD politician made it public that he suffers from the rare nervous disease ALS. This is an incurable disease of the nervous system. The "Mitteldeutsche Zeitung" first reported on Saturday about Bullerjahn's death.
The trained electrical engineer began his political career in local politics. From 1990 to 2016 he was a member of the state parliament of Saxony-Anhalt. As parliamentary manager of the SPD parliamentary group, he was considered one of the architects of the "Magdeburg model", which caused a sensation nationwide: From 1994 to 2002, the then Prime Minister Reinhard Höppner (SPD) led a government without his own majority and was in the state parliament on the support of the PDS instructed.
"I was the one who couldn't run away fast enough," Bullerjahn once joked in the fall of 2012, when the post of chairman of the Collective Bargaining Association of German States (TdL) was to be filled. As the top boss of the state employers, he passed several tests in this function - and earned respect from the union camp for it.
His rigid financial policy course as a minister opened up room for maneuver in Saxony-Anhalt. The budget was consolidated. "A social democrat who can handle money," was the headline in the "FAZ" at the time. Bullerjahn's actions always brought criticism from his own party.
There was also trouble after his time as a minister, when it became known that the state government had concluded consultancy contracts that bypassed parliament. The main reason for a committee of inquiry was a contract between the Ministry of Finance under Bullerjahn and the state-owned investment bank.
In the fall of 2015, at the age of 53, Bullerjahn, Germany's longest-serving finance minister, surprisingly announced his retirement from politics. He then published several books and enjoyed sailing. He was very attached to his homeland, the Mansfelder Land.