DYou could see her joy as she walked onto the podium to the polite applause of the delegates. "There is a lot to do, let's tackle it," said the first deputy general secretary of the CDU. The party conference had just taken place in Hall 2 of the Hanover Fair Christina Stump elected, with 89.6 percent of the votes.
The delegates did not put any questions to Stumpp after her short application speech, and there was no opposing candidate anyway. The 34-year-old from Baden-Württemberg said she was applying “formally and with great humility”. CDU must become a place of renewal. And her party is serious about renewal.
Not yet visible in party work
No matter how happy Stumpp was after the election, Stumpp hasn't changed as much as it seemed in Hanover. After all, she has been acting for months as “acting deputy chairperson” alongside the party leader Friedrich Merz and General Secretary Mario Czaja.
It is said on the edge of the CDU party convention. However, that is not surprising. After all, she still lacked the power of attorney.
Her main points, which Stumpp touched on in her speech in Hanover, are well known. Stumpp is supposed to take care of the base of the party. So grassroots work. The fact that nowadays this no longer just means traveling through the republic and sitting for many hours at the tables of outdated local associations has meanwhile become commonplace in the Union as well. The need to catch up is obvious. In the "social media", the CDU, like the SPD, performs significantly worse than the smaller parties represented in the Bundestag. Stumpp should ensure that this changes and that the messages of her party on Twitter - where she is not active herself -, Facebook and Instagram get more voters than before.
In addition, Stumpp should - and wants - to work to ensure that family and professional life can be better reconciled, also for politicians like her. Friedrich Merz has known that this topic is very important to her since the young mother was sitting in his office with her little son after the federal election. She had just won the Bundestag constituency of Waiblingen with ease. Traditionally a safe area for the CDU. But not completely safe, given that her predecessors did not appear because of dubious sideline activities and voters punished the Union nationwide with their historically worst result.
The party headquarters should become more powerful
The third - and perhaps the most important task - which is mentioned at least in circles of experienced CDU politicians, could be the reorganization of the Konrad-Adenauer-Haus, in which they Mario Czaja could relieve. The party headquarters, it is said, must become significantly more powerful.
Stumpp's steep rise in the CDU could have been even steeper if she had wanted it. Merz had offered Stumpp the post of Secretary General, which Mario Czaja from Berlin has now taken over. Stumpp offered time to think it over – and turned it down because she considered the office incompatible with her dual role as a young mother and newly elected member of the Bundestag. Merz still wanted her on his team. She brings a lot with her that the party leader was looking for: She is a woman, she is down to earth, has strong local political experience and comes from the strong state association of Baden-Württemberg, which is underrepresented in the inner circle of the party leadership. Merz offered to create the new post of deputy general secretary for her. Stumpp accepted the offer.
Regardless of her new job, she wants to keep the center of her life in Waiblingen, where she lives with her husband, a lawyer, and their son. He had just turned two and was watching with her husband, Stumpp said before her election.
Even if Stumpp wants to reconcile politician and family life better - her plan to set up a daycare center in the Konrad-Adenauer-Haus within the next two years is representative of this - she doesn't think much of the women's quota, the introduction of which the delegates want to discuss this Friday . This puts her in a different position to General Secretary Mario Czaja and Deputy Party Chairwoman Silvia Breher. She once approached 30 to 40 women to put them on the municipal council list, Stumpp said in an interview with the newspaper "Die Welt" last year. In the end, only "between six and ten" showed interest.
Stumpp can hardly be attributed to a camp in the Union. She says she is both a fan of Friedrich Merz and Angela Merkel. This means that in the party it is hardly vulnerable.
Regional agriculture and finance
The fact that she brings a lot of experience to her tasks despite her young age is documented in her life. As a child from a farming family, she was "taken into responsibilities early on," says Stumpp about herself on her website. She mucked out the cowshed, picked apples and planted oak trees, she told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sunday newspaper in spring.
As a trained administrator and Bachelor of Laws in tax law, Stumpp also gained extensive experience in administration, first in Waiblingen from 2012 and then as a consultant in the ministries of the Baden-Württemberg state government. Since joining the Jund Union (2003) and the CDU (2005), she has focused her political career on the region in which she lives – until the federal elections in 2021. In the parliamentary group, Stumpp is now responsible for regional agriculture and finance. As a passionate jogger, Stumpp proves that she has staying power.