“Mother of Bavaria”: Ex-President of the State Parliament Barbara Stamm is dead

“Mother of Bavaria”
Ex-President Barbara Stamm is dead

The former president of the state parliament and deputy prime minister of Bavaria, Barbara Stamm, is dead. The politician, who was considered the “social conscience” of Bavaria and the CSU, died in Würzburg after a long illness.

The former Bavarian state parliament president Barbara Stamm is dead. The CSU politician died at the age of 77 in her hometown of Würzburg, as the Bavarian state parliament announced, citing the Stamms family circle. She died after a long illness.

“She was Bavaria’s social conscience, a benchmark and a role model for her fellow human beings,” Prime Minister Markus Söder said in praise of the deceased. “Her big heart belonged to the families and especially to the weakest in our society. With her helpfulness and warmth, she was a role model for many people.” He bows to her life’s work. For Thursday and the day of the funeral, Söder ordered mourning flags to be displayed on all government buildings in honor of “Mother of Bavaria”.

“I am deeply affected by the news of the death of my predecessor,” said Ilse Aigner, President of the State Parliament. “With Barbara Stamm, we are losing a politician who is popular and highly esteemed across all party lines, who for decades worked primarily for the poorer and weaker in our society and gave them a voice.”

First woman to hold the office of President of the Landtag

As the first woman to head the Bavarian state parliament, she “gained great respect and a high reputation. With her, we are losing a great role model for women in politics, a passionate fighter for the weak in society and a convinced democrat.”

Stamm headed the Bavarian state parliament from 2008 to 2018. She was the first woman to hold this office. She was a member of the state parliament for a total of 42 years and was also a member of the state government for more than 13 years, including as state secretary and minister and from 1998 to 2001 as deputy prime minister. In 2009 she made her breast cancer diagnosis public.