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.
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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