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Thomas Schäfer

Born/Date of Birth: 22 February 1966
Place of Birth: Hemer, North Rhine-Westphalia, West Germany
Died: 28 March 2020 (aged 54), Hochheim am Main, Hesse, Germany
Nationality: German
Party: Christian Democratic Union of Germany
Alma mater: Philipps-University Marburg
Profession: Lawyer
Thomas Schäfer (22 February 1966 – 28 March 2020) was a German lawyer and politician for the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU). He was Minister of Finance of Hesse between 2010 and 2020.

Early life and education
Schäfer was born in Hemer and grew up in Biedenkopf. After completing the Abitur in 1985, he trained as a banker at the local savings bank [de]. He studied law at the University of Marburg, graduating in 1997.

From 1995 to 1998, Schäfer taught private and public law at the Deutsche Angestellten-Akademie [de] in Marburg. From 1998 onward he worked as a lawyer for the Commerzbank in Frankfurt am Main. In 1999, he earned a doctorate under the supervision of Werner Frotscher.

Political career
in 1980, Schäfer joined the CDU/CSU youth organisation Junge Union and was a board member from 1985 to 1999. After the 1999 Hessian state election, Schäfer led the office of Christean Wagner [de], the minister of justice in Hesse, and from 2002 the office of Minister President Roland Koch. From November 2005 until 2009, he was secretary of state for Jürgen Banzer, minister of labour, family and health. During the financial crisis of 2007–08, he coordinated state efforts to rescue Opel, based in Rüsselsheim am Main, in conjunction with the other three states where Opel had plants. In February 2009, he became secretary of state for Karlheinz Weimar [de], the minister of finance.

In August 2010, Schäfer became Hesse's state minister of finance, the head of the Hessisches Ministerium der Finanzen [de], under the new Minister President Volker Bouffier. He was a member of the Hessischer Landtag, the state parliament, from 2014 onward. In 2018, he was re-elected, this time directly. He was regarded as a likely successor to Bouffier.

On 27 March 2020, he announced, together with the minister of economy, Tarek Al-Wazir, the state's financial help in the Coronavirus crisis for freelancers and small businesses, where Schäfer said: "The fight against the Corona crisis will not fail because of money." ("Am Geld wird die Bekämpfung der Corona-Krise nicht scheitern.")

On the morning of 28 March 2020, his body was found next to the Cologne–Frankfurt high-speed rail line near Hochheim am Main, and police speculated that he had committed suicide. Schäfer's death came "as a shock", as days prior he had expressed that his work was "a pleasure and an honour". He was known as a jovial man with good humor, though he had visibly lost weight for "some time". According to Bouffier, Schäfer was concerned about managing the financial response to the coronavirus pandemic. He was survived by his wife and two children.

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