Rodrigo Javier Hinzpeter Kirberg (born 27 October 1965) is a Chilean lawyer and politician. He was one of the founders of National Renewal, a center-right political party. He was appointed Interior Minister on 11 March 2010 by President of Chile Sebastián Piñera. On 5 November 2012 he was appointed Defense Minister and his term ended on 11 March 2014.
Hinzpeter studied at the Doctor Chaim Weizmann Hebrew Institute until he was expelled. He graduated from high school at Liceo Alexander Fleming, a subsidized private school. He then studied Law at the Gabriela Mistral University and then was accepted at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (PUC) through a special admission vacancy. He subsequently majored in Legal and Social Sciences at the university, obtaining his law degree from the Chilean Supreme Court.
Hinzpeter was a Professor of Civil Law at the PUC and he is the author of “La hipoteca” (1993).
Hinzpeter has combined his practice as a lawyer with an active role in Chilean politics. He is one of the founders of National Renewal, where he was National Secretary and First Vice-President. He was a member of its Political Committee. In 2005, he acted as campaign manager for President-Elect Sebastián Piñera and as his general coordinator during the recent presidential elections.
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