A native of Bremerhaven, Martin Günthner graduated as a PR-advisor and went on to work as a private communications consultant. During his political career, he has served two years as a Member of the Bremerhaven City Council and eleven years as a Member of the Bremen State Parliament. At the state parliament level, he served as chairman of the Port Committee as well as Member of the State Deputation for Economic Affairs and Ports from 2002 to 2010. Since 2010, he has served as Minister of Economic Affairs, Labour and Ports as well as Minister of Justice and Constitution of the German Federal State of Bremen. He also serves on the Board of Governors of the Federal Employment Agency. Günthner has been a member of the SPD – Social Democratic Party of Germany – since 1992, and is chairman of the SPD for Bremerhaven.
The Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Ports is responsible for all matters pertaining to economic, labour, port related and international business policy of the German federal state Free Hanseatic City of Bremen.