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Jens Böhrnsen
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President of Germany
In office
31 May 2010 – 30 June 2010
Preceded by Horst Köhler
Succeeded by Christian Wulff
President of the Senate and Mayor
of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen
In office
8 November 2005 – 15 July 2015
Deputy Thomas Röwekamp
Karoline Linnert
Preceded by Henning Scherf
Succeeded by Carsten Sieling
President of the Bundesrat
In office
1 November 2009 – 31 October 2010
First Vice President Peter Müller
Preceded by Peter Müller
Succeeded by Hannelore Kraft
Leader of the
Social Democratic Party
in the Bürgerschaft of Bremen
In office
July 1999 – 8 November 2005
Preceded by Christian Weber
Succeeded by Carsten Sieling
Member of the
Bürgerschaft of Bremen
for Bremen
In office
8 June 1995 – 8 November 2005
Preceded by multi-member district
Succeeded by Karin Garling
Constituency Social Democratic Party List
Personal details
Born (1949-06-12) 12 June 1949 (age 74)
Bremen-Gröpelingen, Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, West Germany (now Germany)
Political party Social Democratic Party
Birgit Rüst
(m. 2011)
Children 2
  • Gustav Böhrnsen (father)
Residence(s) Bremen
Alma mater University of Kiel
University of Hamburg
  • Politician
  • Judge
  • Lawyer

Jens Böhrnsen (born 12 June 1949) is a German politician of the SPD who served as President of the Senate and Mayor of Bremen from 2005 to 2015. From 1 November 2009 until 31 October 2010 he was President of the Bundesrat. As such, he was acting head of state of Germany from the resignation of President Horst Köhler on 31 May 2010 until the election of Christian Wulff on 30 June 2010. Böhrnsen resigned in 2015 after his party sustained losses in state parliament election.

Böhrnsen is a lawyer by profession and served as a judge in Bremen from 1978 to 1995, when he became a full-time politician.


Böhrnsen was born on 12 June 1949 in Gröpelingen, then a workers' district of Bremen, to parents active in the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) and labor unions. His father, Gustav Böhrnsen, a communist turned social democrat, was also an SPD politician and served as chairman of the SPD group in the Parliament of Bremen 1968-1971. Jens Böhrnsen joined the SPD in 1967. At the University of Kiel, he studied law, and concluded his studies with the first Staatsexamen in 1973, and the second Staatsexamen in 1977 at the University of Hamburg. He worked as an assessor in Bremen's administration, thereafter as a judge for 17 years, before he was elected to the Parliament of Bremen (Bürgerschaft).

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