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Ministerpräsident Dr. Markus Söder, MdL, in der Orangerie in der Bayerischen Staatskanzlei.


The Bavarian Minister-President appoints the members of the State Government subject to the approval of the Landtag (Bavarian State Parliament), heads the State Government and represents Bavaria externally. He also performs numerous representative duties.

Dr. Markus Söder, MdL, was first sworn in as Bavarian Minister-President on 16 March 2018 and again on 6 November 2018. On 31 October 2023, Dr. Markus Söder, MdL, was re-elected and sworn in as Bavarian Minister President.

Curriculum vitae

Dr. Markus Söder

Portrait: Dr. Markus Söder, MdL

Born on 5 January 1967 in Nuremberg, married, four children

1987 - 1991

Studied Law in Erlangen, State Examination in Law, scholarship from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Scientific Assistant at the Chair of Ecclesiastical, Constitutional and Administrative Law

1992 - 1993

Traineeship with the Bayerischer Rundfunk broadcasting corporation, then editor at Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR)


Doctor’s degree from Friedrich Alexander University of Erlangen/Nuremberg

Since 1983

Member of the CSU (Christian Social Union) and the JU (CSU Youth Organisation)

Since 1994

Member of the Landtag (Bavarian State Parliament - MdL)

1995 - 2003

Chairman of the Bavarian JU Member of the CSU Presidium

1997 - 2008

Chairman of the CSU Nuremberg-West

2000 - 2011

Chairman of the CSU Media Commission

2003 - 2007

Secretary-General of the CSU

2007 - 2008

Bavarian State Minister for Federal and European Affairs in the Bavarian State Chancellery

2008 - 2018

Chairman of the CSU District Section Nuremberg-Fürth-Schwabach

2008 - 2011

Bavarian State Minister of the Environment and Public Health

2011 - 2013

Bavarian State Minister of Finance

2013 - 2018

Bavarian State Minister of Finance, Regional Development and Regional Identity

Since 16 March 2018

Bavarian Minister-President

Since 19 January 2019

Chairman of the Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU)

Position and duties

As head of government, the Minister-President presides over the Bavarian State Government. He shall determine the policy guidelines and shall be accountable for them to the Landtag (Bavarian State Parliament). His guidelines shall be binding on all members of the State Government. He shall moreover strive to ensure a consistent administration of proceedings in all departments and resolve conflicts of competence between ministers of state in line with the allocation of responsibilities established by the Bavarian State Government. In addition, he shall be responsible for reviewing the laws adopted by the Landtag for conformity with the constitution, and for their drafting and publication. He may conclude state treaties, subject to the prior consent of the Landtag.
As Head of State and first representative of the State of Bavaria he represents Bavaria externally, especially to the Federal Government, the other federal states and international partners.

The Minister-President’s official seat of office is the Bavarian State Chancellery next to Munich’s Hofgarten. This is where cabinet meetings are held on a regular basis.

The Minister-President is elected by the Bavarian Landtag for a five-year term.  Any citizen who is entitled to vote in the Bavarian parliamentary elections and has attained the age of 40 is eligible for election.

In Bavaria, the office of Minister-President was established by the Constitution of 14 August 1919 and renewed by the Constitution of 2 December 1946. The introduction of the office of premier had already been considered as early as the time of Elector Max Emanuel (1662-1726).

Since the end of the Nazi regime and the reintroduction of democracy in Bavaria in 1945, eleven men have held the office of Minister-President and governed the Free State of Bavaria:

The current Minister-President is Dr. Markus Söder, MdL.

What does the Bavarian Minister-President do?

  • Vereinfachte Darstellung einer Kompassnadel

    Determines the policy guidelines.

  • Vereinfachte Darstellung der Bayerischen Staatskanzlei in München

    Heads the State Government.

  • Herz gefüllt mit blau-weißen Bayernrauten

    Represents Bavaria externally.

  • Füller mit kurzer Schreiblinie

    Signs state treaties.

  • Lupe mit Paragraphenzeichen

    Issues laws passed by the Landtag.

Conference of Minister-Presidents

Ministerpräsident Dr. Markus Söder, MdL, spricht bei einer Konferenz der Regierungschefinnen und Regierungschefs der Länder in der Bayerischen Vertretung in Berlin.
Minister-President Dr. Markus Söder, MdL, speaking at a Conference of the Heads of Government of the German Federal States at the Bavarian Representation in Berlin.

From 1 October 2019 to 30 September 2020, Bavaria chaired the Conference of Minister-Presidents. The Chair of the Minister-President Conference is passed on each year in the autumn from federal state to federal state in a fixed order. Bavaria was the first federal state to hold the chair in 1954 and has held it six times since then. The next Bavarian Chair is scheduled for 2035/2036.

The aim is to reach joint agreement on all issues of cross-state relevance. Twice a year, a follow-up meeting is held with the German Chancellor.

Honorary sponsorship

Requirements for an honorary sponsorship of multiple births

At the request of the parents/legal guardians, the Bavarian Minister-President shall assume honorary sponsorship for multiple births of triplets or more

  • who were born on or after 1 January 2018,
  • who have German citizenship or citizenship of another member state of the European Union,
  • who have their principal residence in Bavaria.

The sponsorship is granted with the presentation of a certificate signed by the Minister-President.

Ministerpräsident Dr. Markus Söder, MdL (Mitte), hat Ehrenpatenschaftsurkunden persönlich an Mehrlingsfamilien in der Staatskanzlei übergeben.
Minister-President Dr. Markus Söder, MdL (in the centre), personally presented honorary sponsorship certificates to multiple birth families in the State Chancellery.

Acknowledgement for special challenges

With this sponsorship, the State of Bavaria acknowledges the special challenges that families with multiples have to face. The grant is intended to cover the extraordinary expenses facing the multiple-birth family after the birth, which exceed the usual means for securing the basic necessities of life. The honorary sponsorship does not entail any obligations for the honorary sponsor.

Type and amount of financial support

The grant is a non-recurring amount of 1,000 euro for each child of the multiple birth. It is a voluntary benefit and is provided independent of income within the scope of the appropriated budget funds. There is no legal entitlement to the grant.

Procedure: Acceptance of honorary sponsorship

The municipality in which the family resides shall inform the parents/legal guardians that in the event of multiple births the Bavarian Minister-President will assume an honorary sponsorship upon submission of an application.

The application for honorary sponsorship shall be submitted using the Application form (PDF) within one year of the multiple birth. The municipality of residence confirms on the form that the application requirements have been met. For this purpose, it is necessary to present copies of the birth certificates or certified printouts from the birth register with the completed application. The application is then submitted to the State Chancellery which decides on the application and pays out the grant. The grant is paid out by way of bank transfer to an account of the parents/legal guardians, which shall be specified in the application.

The certificates of honorary sponsorship signed by the Minister-President are handed over by the mayor of the respective municipality of residence. The Minister-President reserves the right to present the certificates himself in individual cases.

Minister-Presidents and Cabinets since 1945 (in German)


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Using the postal service, please communicate with the Minister-President under the address:

Ministerpräsident Dr. Markus Söder
Bayerische Staatskanzlei
Postfach 220011
80535 München