Portrait of the CDU Bundestag candidate Ansgar Heveling

Bundestag candidate from Korschenbroich
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Ansgar Heveling (CDU) plays for victory

Ansgar Heveling from Korschenbroich has been a member of the German Bundestag for twelve years. Now is the fourth election for him. He relies on tradition and modernity.

The cuckoo clock in his living room in Korschenbroich is almost typical for him: without lavish carvings with plant or animal decors, but very simple. Almost minimalist, but with the well-known bird call on the hour. A good mix of modernity and tradition. Ansgar Heveling also embodies this attitude – whether during a coffee chat with the Seniors’ Union in the Tuppenhof or in front of one of his favorite places at Schloss Dyck in Jüchen. The 49-year-old has been a member of the Bundestag for the CDU for twelve years. Now is the fourth election for him.

How would he describe himself as a politician? “I am firmly rooted in the CDU,” says Heveling. “The Christian image of man is my foundation for political decisions.” He describes himself as conservative. “In the sense of: preserving things, but at the same time being pragmatic with Rhenish openness and accompanying the transformation into modern politics.” The social market economy as a social and economic model is particularly important to him. “For me, this includes not losing sight of the weak, but giving the strong the opportunity to prove themselves.”

When asked, he admits that he already has a certain degree of confidence that he will win the constituency. Anything else would also be false modesty. Because so far he has always been the clear favorite in constituency 110. He got 42.4 percent in 2017, 49 percent in 2013 and 42 percent in 2009. “But there is still a risk. I have to win the constituency, ”says Heveling. “Because I have not been placed on the list. If I don’t win, I don’t have a mandate in the Bundestag. “

Heveling grew up in Korschenbroich, graduated from the Humanistic Gymnasium in Mönchengladbach and studied law in Bonn after completing his military service. “I’m the first lawyer in my family,” says Heveling, who comes from a family of pharmacists. “Grandfather, parents and my sister – all are pharmacists,” he laughs.

He became a member of the CDU – more precisely the Junge Union – in 1989. “It was the time when the Republicans were pretty strong,” recalls Heveling. “That was the reason for me to get involved politically.” Because, in his opinion, the strengthening of the Republicans was going in the wrong direction. His political interest has always been great. “Politics was always important at home.” Probably also because the maternal grandfather was mayor and district administrator in Geldern.

In the student union, he was immediately active on the board and was also deputy district chairman of the student union. In 1992 he was chairman of the city association in the CDU local executive committee, and in 2002 he was parliamentary group chairman in the city council. His main job was as a lawyer in a Korschenbroich law firm. “When Willy Wimmer no longer wanted to run for the Bundestag in 2008, I was asked,” says Heveling. At the time he was a ministerial official in the finance ministry in Düsseldorf, worked as a deputy office manager and was speechwriter for the then NRW finance minister, Helmut Linssen. He took the chance that presented itself to him.

On the wish list that he had received from his parliamentary group as a new member of the Bundestag in order to state his committee wishes, he preferred the topics of transport, culture and law. In that same order.

Peter Hintze, who was the regional group chairman at the time, advised him to join the legal committee. “It reflects every topic. Every law is also discussed there ”, that’s how Peter Hintze made the importance of the legal committee palatable to him at the time. The later Vice President of the German Bundestag and CDU politician who died in 2016 was an important mentor for Heveling. “He paved the way for me,” he says. Since 2018 he has been the legal advisor of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group and thus also chairman of the judges’ selection committee. An exciting task: he helps determine who receives one of the 30 or so positions in federal courts that are decided on each year.

In addition to his legal focus, Heveling has a strong cultural interest. This has often benefited his homeland. For the second largest organ in the diocese of Aachen – the organ in St. Andreas in Korschenbroich – he was able to acquire federal funding as well as for Schloss Dyck and sports facilities in Korschenbroich. Culture also plays an important role at home: son Adrian (16) plays piano and organ, wife Claudia flute and Heveling himself viola and violin.

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