List of ministers-president of Bavaria

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Below is a list of the men who have served in the capacity of Minister-President or equivalent office in the German state of Bavaria from the 17th century to the present.

Privy Council chancellor[edit]

Privy Council chancellors (Geheime Ratskanzler) were:

  • 1650–1662: Johann Adlzreiter von Tettenweis (de)
  • 1662–1667: Johann Georg Oexle
  • 1667–1693: Kaspar von Schmid (de)
  • 1695–1704: Johann Rudolf von Wämpl (de)
  • 1704–1714: Vacant
  • 1726–1749: Franz Xaver Josef von Unertl
  • 1749–1758: Franz Xaver Andreas von Praidlohn (de)
  • 1758–1790: Wiguläus von Kreittmayr

Ministers[edit]

Before 1849 Bavaria had no actual head of government, but the Minister of Foreign Affairs was the most senior of the ministers. In 1806, the office was given to the Minister of the Royal House and of Foreign Affairs.

Chairmen of the Council of Ministers[edit]

The office of Chairman of the Council of Ministers was established in 1849. With one exception (1880–1890), the Chairman was always the Foreign Minister.

Ministers-Presidents[edit]

Free State of Bavaria (1918–1945)[edit]

Minister-President of the Free State of Bavaria

Political party:   USPD   SPD   BVP   NSDAP   None

Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of Office Political Party
Took office Left office Time in office
Weimar Republic (1918–1933)
1 KurtEisner.jpg Kurt Eisner
(1867–1919)
8 November 1918 21 February 1919 † 105 days Independent Social Democratic Party
Martin Segitz
(1853–1927)
Acting
1 March 1919 17 March 1919 16 days Social Democratic Party
2 Hoffmann Johannes 1919.jpg Johannes Hoffmann
(1867–1930)
17 March 1919 16 March 1920 365 days Social Democratic Party
3 Gustav Ritter von Kahr (1920).jpg Gustav Ritter von Kahr
(1862–1934)
16 March 1920 21 September 1921 1 year, 189 days Non-partisan
4 Count Lerchenfeld-Kofering LCCN2014717179.jpg Hugo Graf von Lerchenfeld-Köfering
(1871–1944)
21 September 1921 8 November 1922 1 year, 48 days Bavarian People's Party
5 Eugen von Knilling.jpg Eugen Ritter von Knilling
(1856–1927)
8 November 1922 1 July 1924 1 year, 236 days Bavarian People's Party
Gustav Ritter von Kahr (1920).jpg Gustav Ritter von Kahr
(1862–1934)
as Generalstaatskommissar
25 September 1923 17 February 1924 145 days Non-partisan
6 Heinrich held 102 01176crop (cropped).png Heinrich Held
(1868–1938)
2 July 1924 30 January 1933 8 years, 212 days Bavarian People's Party
Nazi Germany (1933–1945)
(6) Heinrich held 102 01176crop (cropped).png Heinrich Held
(1868–1938)
30 January 1933 9 March 1933 38 days Bavarian People's Party
7 Franz Ritter von Epp2.jpg Franz Ritter von Epp
(1868–1947)
Reichkomissar 31 days National Socialist German Workers' Party
10 March 1933 10 April 1933
Reichsstatthalter 12 years, 19 days
10 April 1933 29 April 1945
8 Ludwig Siebert at desk.jpg Ludwig Siebert
(1874–1942)
12 April 1933 1 November 1942 † 9 years, 203 days National Socialist German Workers' Party
9 Paul Giesler.jpg Paul Giesler
(1895–1945)
2 November 1942 29 April 1945 2 years, 178 days National Socialist German Workers' Party

Free State of Bavaria (1945–present)[edit]

Minister-President of Free State of Bavaria

Political party:   CSU   SPD

Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of Office Political Party
Took office Left office Time in office
Bavaria (1945–1949)
American occupation zone in Allied-occupied Germany
1 KAS-Schäffer, Fritz-Bild-395-1 (cropped).jpg Fritz Schäffer
(1888–1967)
28 May 1945 28 September 1945 123 days Christian Social Union
2 Wilhelm Hoegner.jpg Wilhelm Hoegner
(1887–1980)
First term
28 September 1945 16 December 1946 1 year, 79 days Social Democratic Party
3 Bundesarchiv B 145 Bild-F011950-0010, Hans Ehard cropped.jpg Hans Ehard
(1887–1980)
First term
21 December 1946 23 May 1949 2 years, 153 days Christian Social Union
Bavaria (1949–present)
State of the Federal Republic of Germany
(3) Bundesarchiv B 145 Bild-F011950-0010, Hans Ehard cropped.jpg Hans Ehard
(1887–1980)
First term
23 May 1949 14 December 1954 5 years, 205 days Christian Social Union
4
(2)
Wilhelm Hoegner.jpg Wilhelm Hoegner
(1887–1980)
Second term
14 December 1954 8 October 1957
(resigned)
2 years, 298 days Social Democratic Party
5 Hanns Seidel.jpg Hanns Seidel
(1901–1961)
16 October 1957 22 January 1960
(resigned)
2 years, 98 days Christian Social Union
6
(3)
Bundesarchiv B 145 Bild-F011950-0010, Hans Ehard cropped.jpg Hans Ehard
(1887–1980)
Second term
26 January 1960 11 December 1962 2 years, 319 days Christian Social Union
7 Bundesarchiv B 145 Bild-F014898-0006, Alfons Goppel.jpg Alfons Goppel
(1905–1991)
11 December 1962 6 November 1978 15 years, 330 days Christian Social Union
8 Franz Josef Strauß 1982.jpg Franz Josef Strauss
(1915–1988)
6 November 1978 3 October 1988
(died in office)
9 years, 332 days Christian Social Union
9 Bundesarchiv B 145 Bild-F083104-0015, München, CSU-Parteitag, Streibl (cropped).jpg Max Streibl
(1932–1998)
19 October 1988 27 May 1993
(resigned)
4 years, 220 days Christian Social Union
10 DrEdmundStoiber.jpg Edmund Stoiber
(born 1941)
28 May 1993 30 September 2007
(resigned)
14 years, 126 days Christian Social Union
11 8035ri-Guenther Beckstein.jpg Günther Beckstein
(born 1943)
9 October 2007 27 October 2008 1 year, 18 days Christian Social Union
12 12-07-17-landtagsprojekt-bayern-RalfR-001.jpg Horst Seehofer
(born 1949)
27 October 2008 13 March 2018
(resigned)
9 years, 140 days Christian Social Union
13 Markus Soeder (cropped).jpg Markus Söder
(born 1967)
16 March 2018 Incumbent 4 years, 66 days Christian Social Union

Timeline[edit]

Markus SöderHorst SeehoferGünther BecksteinEdmund StoiberMax StreiblFranz Josef StraussAlfons GoppelHanns SeidelHans EhardWilhelm HoegnerFritz SchäfferPaul GieslerLudwig SiebertFranz Ritter von EppHeinrich HeldEugen Ritter von KnillingGraf von Lerchenfeld-KöferingGustav Ritter von KahrJohannes HoffmannMartin SegitzKurt Eisner

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

  • "Die Bayerischen Ministerpräsidenten seit 1945 (in German)". Bavarian government. Archived from the original on 2008-05-07. Retrieved 2008-05-10.