Thomas Schmidt, MdL
Member of Saxon State Parliament
(Constituency 22: Mittelsachsen 5)
Minister for Regional Development, Free State of Saxony
Personal Data
Born on March 7th, 1961 in Burgstädt/Saxony
evangelical-lutheran, married, two children
1967-1977 | Polytechnic secondary school
1977-1980 | Abitur (A-levels) and vocational
training as an agro-technician
1982-1987 | University studies; graduate agricultural engineer (Diplom-Agrar-Ingenieur)
Professional Career
1987-1991 | Technical Manager of an agricultural producers' cooperative
1991-2014 | Chief Operating Officer of an agricultural company (GmbH)
2014-2019 | Minister for Environment and Agriculture, Free State of Saxony
since 2019 | Minister for Regional Development, Free State of Saxony
Party Memberships and Posts
1985 | Member of DBD (Democratic Farmers' Party of Germany)
since 1990 | Member of CDU (Christian Democratic Union of Germany)
since 1990 | Chairman of the local CDU party branch in Taura
1995-2008 | Deputy Chairman and Chairman of the Mittweida district CDU branch
1999-2010 | Member of the Taura Municipal Council
since 2004 | Member of the Saxon State Parliament
2009-2014 | Deputy Chairman of the Committee for Environment and Agriculture of the
Saxon State Parliament
2010-2013 | Chairman of the Enquete Commission on "Strategies for a future-oriented
technology and innovation policy in the Free State of Saxony", Saxon State Parliament
Member of the Executive Board, CDU Saxony
2011-2014 | Deputy Chairman, CDU Parliamentary Group in the Saxon State Parliament
since 2020 | Member of the European Committee of the Regions
Honorary Posts
Vice-Chairman of the CDU Saxony
Member of the Board of Trustees of the „Fraunhofer Institute for Electronic Nanosystems“
(ENAS) Chemnitz
Vice-Chairman of the Agrarsoziale Gesellschaft e.V. (Agro-Social Society)