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Bernd Riexinger
2018-06-09 Bundesparteitag Die Linke 2018 in Leipzig by Sandro Halank–085.jpg
Riexinger in 2018
Chairman of The Left
In office
2 June 2012 – 27 February 2021
Serving with Katja Kipping
Preceded by Klaus Ernst
Succeeded by Susanne Hennig-Wellsow
Member of the Bundestag for Baden-Württemberg
Assumed office
24 October 2017
Constituency The Left list
Personal details
Born (1955-10-30) 30 October 1955 (age 67)
Leonberg, Baden-Württemberg, West Germany
Political party The Left
Other political
affiliations
WASG (before 2007)

Bernd Riexinger (born 30 October 1955) is a German politician of the left party Die Linke and member of the Bundestag representing Baden-Württemberg. From 2012 to 2021 he was co-chairperson of The Left alongside Katja Kipping.

Career

Riexinger states he comes from a working-class family. As a staunch pacifist, he refused military service in his youth. Riexinger was trained as a bank clerk after secondary school and business school, and was employed by Leonberger Bausparkasse until 1980. From 1980 to 1990 he was on the works council of Leonberger Bausparkasse; there he received further training in labour, collective bargaining, and social law. In 1991 he became a trade union official. Riexinger is a member of the Initiative for networking between trade union leftists and is active in the Social Forum movement in Germany.

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