Jens Bullerjahn

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Jens Bullerjahn
Jens Bullerjahn (Martin Rulsch) 2.jpg
Bullerjahn in 2012
Deputy Minister-President
of Saxony-Anhalt
In office
24 April 2006 – 25 April 2016
Preceded byHorst Rehberger
Succeeded byPetra Grimm-Benne
Minister of Finance of Saxony-Anhalt
In office
24 April 2006 – 25 April 2016
  • Wolfgang Böhmer
  • Reiner Haseloff
Preceded byKarl-Heinz Paque
Succeeded byAndré Schröder
Leader of the Social Democratic Party
in the Landtag of Saxony-Anhalt
In office
22 June 2004 – 23 April 2006
WhipNorbert Bischoff
Preceded byManfred Püchel
Succeeded byKatrin Budde
Whip of the Social Democratic Party
in the Landtag of Saxony-Anhalt
In office
21 July 1994 – 22 June 2004
Preceded byTilman Tögel
Succeeded byNorbert Bischoff
Parliamentary constituencies
Member of the
Landtag of Saxony-Anhalt
In office
19 April 2011 – 11 April 2016
Preceded byDirk Schatz (2007)
Succeeded byJens Diederichs
In office
16 May 2002 – 19 April 2011
Preceded byMulti-member district
Succeeded byMulti-member district
ConstituencySocial Democratic Party List
In office
21 July 1994 – 16 May 2002
Preceded byManfred Thon
Succeeded byEduard Jantos
In office
28 October 1990 – 21 July 1994
Preceded byConstituency established
Succeeded byMulti-member district
ConstituencySocial Democratic Party List
Personal details
Born(1962-07-15)15 July 1962
Halle (Saale), Bezirk Halle, East Germany
Died26 November 2022(2022-11-26) (aged 60)
Eisleben, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
Political partySocial Democratic (from 1990)
Other political
Social Democratic in GDR (1989–1990)
  • Politician
  • engineer
  • author
  • consultant
AwardsOrder of Merit of Saxony-Anhalt

Jens Bullerjahn (15 July 1962 – 26 November 2022) was a German engineer and politician. A member of the Social Democratic Party, he served in the Landtag of Saxony-Anhalt from 1990 to 2016. From 2006 to 2016, he served concurrently as Vice-Minister-President and Minister of Finances of Saxony-Anhalt. He was able to reduce the state's indebtedness.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Halle, Bullerjahn first trained to be an electrician from 1979 to 1981.[1] From 1984, he studied electrical engineering at the Fachschule Magdeburg, graduating in 1987.[1][2] He then worked as an engineer for process optimisation[3] for the Mansfeld Kombinat [de] until 1990.[1]

Political career[edit]

Bullerjahn began his political career for the Social Democratic Party (SPD) at the communal level.[2] He was a member of the SDP/SPD from 1989.[4] Bullerjahn was elected a member of the Landtag of Saxony-Anhalt in 1990 and served until 2016.[2] He was CEO of his party in the state parliament from 1993 to 2004.[1] From 1994 to 2002, he stood for the "Magdeburger Modell [de]", in which a SPD government without majority was tolerated by the left parties; it continued the state’s increase of indebtedness of the previous CDU government. In the 2002 election, the SPD performed poorly. Bullerjahn began to question his approach, and sought conversations with economic researchers (Wirtschaftsforscher). Over the next 112 years, he wrote a paper consisting of strategies for sustainable consolidation of finances by financial politics through 2020: Zukunftsorientierte Finanzpolitik bis 2020. Strategien für eine nachhaltige Konsolidierung, published in 2008.[3]

Bullerjahn led the SPD in the 2006 election, but they reached only the third position. In the resulting coalition, he served as both Vice-Minister-President and Minister of Finances of Saxony-Anhalt. He led the SPD again in the 2011 election, and held both offices until 2016.[2] As Minister of Finances, he pursued a strict savings policy (Sparpolitik), to not only avoid more debt, but to reduce the existing, which he managed over the last three years in office. He was criticised, also within his party, for reducing the number tax offices and prisons, and for providing less support of cultural and scientific institutions, among others.[3]

In 2012, Bullerjahn was also elected president of the board of the Tarifgemeinschaft deutscher Länder [de], serving until 2016.[2]

After retiring from his political posts, he worked as a consultant and book author.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Bullerjahn was married; the couple had two sons.[5]

In 2021, Bullerjahn was diagnosed with amytrophic lateral sclerosis, which he made public a year later.[5] He died in a hospital in Eisleben on 26 November 2022, at age 60.[2][6]




  • Bullerjahn, Jens; Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands (2008), Zukunftsorientierte Finanzpolitik bis 2020 : Strategien für eine nachhaltige Konsolidierung des Landeshaushaltes und der Kommunalhaushalte in Sachsen-Anhalt (in German), Halle, Saale, [Magdeburg]: Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Sachsen-Anhalt, OCLC 838562201


  • Bullerjahn, Jens (2006). Quo vadis, Ostdeutschland? : zukunftsorientierte Politik für den Aufbau der neuen Länder (in German). [Germany]: Anderbeck. ISBN 3-937751-29-7. OCLC 71814086.
  • ——; Renzsch, Wolfgang; Wagner, Ringo (2020). Deutschland - Ländersache?! : 30 Jahre deutsche Einheit und Föderalismus (in German). Magdeburg. ISBN 978-3-96250-590-5. OCLC 1226705542.


  • Bullerjahn, Jens (1995). Vergleich der Wirtschaftssysteme der Bundesrepublik Deutschland und der ehemaligen DDR (Literaturstudie) [Comparison of the economic systems of the Federal Republic of Germany and the former GDR] (in German). OCLC 1198502997.


  1. ^ a b c d "Zivilcourage braucht viele / Sachsen-Anhalt macht ich stark gegen Rechtsextremismus" (PDF) (in German). Saxony-Anhalt. 9 October 2006. Retrieved 29 November 2022.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Jens Bullerjahn ist tot". Der Spiegel (in German). 26 November 2022. Retrieved 28 November 2022.
  3. ^ a b c Bingener, Reinhard (26 February 2016). "Ein Sozialdemokrat, der mit Geld umgehen kann". Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (in German). Retrieved 27 November 2022.
  4. ^ "Jens Bullerjahn". (in German). Retrieved 29 November 2022.
  5. ^ a b c Neuschulz, Roland (27 November 2022). "Kumpel, Arbeitstier, Sturkopf: Ein Nachruf auf Jens Bullerjahn". MDR (in German). Retrieved 28 November 2022.
  6. ^ Gauselmann, Kai (26 November 2022). "SPD-Politiker und Ex-Finanzminister Jens Bullerjahn ist tot". Mitteldeutsche Zeitung (in German). Retrieved 27 November 2022.
  7. ^ "Ministerpräsident Haseloff zum Tod von Jens Bullerjahn". (in German). 27 November 2022. Retrieved 29 November 2022.

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