|Chair of the Election Monitoring, Immunity and Rules of Procedure Committee|
|Assumed office |
1 February 2018
|Preceded by||Johann Wadephul|
|Member of the Bundestag |
|Assumed office |
27 September 2009
|Preceded by||Friedrich Merz|
|Born||25 June 1971|
Paderborn, West Germany
Patrick Ernst Hermann Sensburg (born 25 June 1971) is a German politician (CDU) and Professor of Public Law and European Law. He has been a member of the German Parliament since 2009, representing the constituency Hochsauerlandkreis in North Rhine-Westphalia. After he completed his military service Sensburg became lieutenant colonel of the reserve in 2014.
Education and professional career
Sensburg was born in Paderborn. He studied law and political science and graduated with his first state law exam and a master's degree in political science in 1997. In 1999 he completed his Second State Law Examination. He was a research assistant at the University of Hagen, where he completed his doctorate.
From 2000 to 2006 Sensburg practiced as a lawyer with main focus on municipal law and local tax law. Since then he has been a lecturer at the Hagen Law School for the training of certified specialists in administrative law. From 2006 to 2008 he was a professor at the Federal University of Applied Administrative Sciences in the Department Branch of Federal Criminal Police; he was a member of the senate of the university. Since 2008 he is Professor for Public Law and European Law at the University of Applied Sciences for Public Administration and management of North Rhine-Westphalia in Münster. Furthermore, he has been lecturing from 2009 to 2012 European Law at the Riga International School of Economics and Business Administration (RISEBA). Since 2018 Patrick Sensburg is visiting professor at the University of Vienna as well as at the Bucharest University of Economic Studies (ASE).
Since the 2009 elections, Sensburg has been a member of the German Parliament. He first served on the Committee on Legal Affairs and, as an alternate member, on the Committee on Internal Affairs. Between 2009 and 2017 he chaired the Subcommittee on European Law. On April 10, 2014, he was elected as Chairman of the Parliamentary Inquiry Committee on the NSA in the 2013-2017 term.
Since 2018, Sensburg has been chairing the Committee on Scrutiny of Elections, Immunity and the Rules of Procedure. Furthermore, he is a member of the Parliamentary Oversight Panel (PKGr), which provides parliamentary oversight of Germany's intelligence services BND, BfV and MAD, and of the Council of Elders.
In June 2017, Sensburg voted against Germany's introduction of same-sex marriage. Ahead of the Christian Democrats’ leadership election in 2018, he publicly endorsed Friedrich Merz to succeed Angela Merkel as the party's chair.
German military mission in Iraq 2014
In August 2014, Sensburg supported the decision of deploying the Bundeswehr into Iraq against the organization known as "IS". In addition, Sensburg pointed to the responsibility of Germany towards the people in the refugee camps there: "The protection of the population from the atrocities of the IS militia is our humanitarian responsibility and in our own best interest".
NSA inquiry committee
As chairman of the NSA inquiry committee Sensburg presented on June 28, 2017 the final report to President of the Bundestag, Norbert Lammert, with more than 1,800 pages, saying: "There was a lot of consensus, but also different views in the evaluation". The final report was subsequently discussed in the German Bundestag. It became apparent that the coalition and the opposition determined the results differently. Sensburg pointed out that Edward Snowden has encouraged public debate in Germany on the discussion of how to handle with data protection of privacy. Despite some criticism, the Committee of Inquiry of all parliamentary groups in the Bundestag has in principle been reckoned a successful work.
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