Schaeuble, Longest-Serving German Lawmaker, to Run Again in 2017

  • German finance minister will again contest Offenburg district
  • CDU members have great confidence in him in ‘turbulent times’

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble will seek another term in parliament in the next federal election in 2017, potentially extending his 43-year tenure as a lawmaker.

Schaeuble plans to once more contest the southwestern electoral district of Offenburg for the Christian Democratic Union, the local chapter of his party said Wednesday on its website. His candidacy for a direct mandate in the seat he’s held since December 1972 is subject to approval by party members in the district.

CDU members have “great respect” for Schaeuble as he balances his duties as a federal minister in Berlin with his obligations in his constituency located on the French border, according to district party leader Volker Schebesta. He enjoys “great confidence, especially in the currently politically turbulent times,” Schebesta said on the website.

Schaeuble, who’ll turn 74 on Sunday, is already Germany’s longest-serving lawmaker. A wheelchair user who’s been partially paralyzed since being shot by a deranged assailant at a campaign rally in 1990, his health became an issue for Chancellor Angela Merkel in 2010, when he was forced to miss several crisis meetings after being repeatedly hospitalized.