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Two-time former federal minister: Hans-Peter Friedrich

Dr Hans-Peter Friedrich

Dr Hans-Peter Friedrich

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On 24 October 2017, Dr Hans-Peter Friedrich was elected Vice-President of the German Bundestag. The CSU Member for the constituency of Hof has been in Parliament since 1998.

Hans-Peter Friedrich was born on 10 March 1957 in Naila, Upper Franconia. He joined the CSU in 1974. He studied law in Munich and Augsburg between 1979 and 1983, followed by economics from 1984 to 1988, first in Augsburg (until 1986), then at the Hagen Distance Learning University. In 1988 he obtained his doctorate (Dr. jur.) with a thesis on the executorship over limited partners’ shares.

From 1988, Friedrich worked in the Industrial Policy Directorate-General at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs in Bonn, and two years later moved to the economics division at the German Embassy in Washington D.C. Back in Germany, in 1991 he became a staff member of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the Bundestag, and advisor to the Working Group on Economics, Transport, Agriculture, Post and Telecommunications of the group of CSU parliamentarians. From 1993 to 1998 he was personal assistant to the then chairman of the CSU group Michael Glos.

In 2005 Hans-Peter Friedrich was elected deputy chairman of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the Bundestag. Following the 2009 Bundestag elections, Members in the group of CSU parliamentarians elected him their chairman. In March 2011 he was then appointed Federal Minister of the Interior. In December 2013, Friedrich took over responsibility for the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture for two months. He has been district chairman of the CSU Upper Franconia since July 2011.

Hans-Joachim Friedrich is married and has three children. 

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