Parliamentary groups are units within the Bavarian State Parliament with their own rights and duties, in which Members of the State Parliament come together.
In its 18th electoral term (2018-2023), the Bavarian State Parliament has the following six parliamentary groups: CSU, Alliance 90/The Greens (BÜNDNIS 90/DIE GRÜNEN), Free Voters (FREIE WÄHLER), AfD, SPD and FDP.
The chairpersons of the parliamentary groups are as follows: Thomas Kreuzer (CSU), Katharina Schulze and Ludwig Hartmann (Alliance 90/The Greens), Florian Streibl (Free Voters), Horst Arnold (SPD), Katrin Ebner-Steiner and Prof. Dr. Ingo Hahn (AfD), and Martin Hagen (FDP).
For more information and contact details, please see the websites of the parliamentary groups and parties. The parliamentary groups can be contacted through their offices (see list on the right).
Under the rules of procedure, a parliamentary group must comprise at least five Members of Parliament. As a general rule, Members of Parliament who belong to the same party form one parliamentary group.
The parliamentary groups elect their chairpersons and executive body. The main role of parliamentary groups is political decision-making and policy development. They prepare opinions, develop items for discussion and determine the position of the parliamentary group on the committees and in the plenary sessions of the State Parliament. Parliamentary groups' legal status and funding is regulated in detail in the Bavarian Act on Parliamentary Groups [Bayerisches Fraktionsgesetz].
In the state parliamentary elections on 14 October 2018, six parties were elected to the State Parliament: In the 18th electoral term (2018 to 2023), the Christian Social Union (CSU) has 85 Members of Parliament, the Alliance 90/The Greens group 38, the Free Voters 27, the AfD 20, the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) 22, and the FDP 11. Two Members of Parliament are independent.
If you have any questions on policy, please contact the parliamentary groups directly.