Reinhard Klimmt

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Reinhard Klimmt
Minister President of Saarland
In office
October 1998 – 29 September 1999
Preceded by Oskar Lafontaine
Succeeded by Peter Müller
Minister of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs
In office
29 September 1999 – 16 November 2000
Preceded by Franz Müntefering
Succeeded by Kurt Bodewig
Personal details
Born (1942-08-16) 16 August 1942 (age 75)
Berlin, Germany
Political party SPD
Occupation Historian

Reinhard Klimmt (born 16 August 1942 in Berlin) is a German politician (SPD). From 1998 to 1999, he was Minister President of Saarland, and 1999–2000, Federal Minister of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs.

Personal life[edit]

After passing the Abitur in Osnabrück, Klimmt studied History at the Saarland University.

He is a passionate bibliophile and writes columns for the German website of AbeBooks.

Klimmt is married and has three children.

Political career[edit]

Since 1964, Klimmt is a member of the SPD. Between 1970 and 1975 he served as head of the young socialist (Juso) in the German Land Saarland. From 1976 until 1996 he was the chairman of SPD Saarbrücken (Municipality of Saarbrucken). In 1990 he served as campaign manager of Oskar Lafontaine in the Federal elections.

From 1979 to 2002 he was a member of the media commission of the SPD on the federal level, and from 1986 he served a vice-president of this commission. He also served as a member of the policy-statement commission of the Federal SPD, which developed the Hamburg program of 2007. In 1998, he became Premier (Ministerpräsident) of the Saarland, since his predecessor, Oskar Lafontaine became the new Federal Minister of Finance after the SPD's victory in the Federal election.

In 1999, Klimmt lost to Peter Müller in the Legislative Assembly (Landtag) elections in the Saarland.

Later that year, he became Federal Minister of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs in Berlin. After only one year in office, he resigned because of his role in a financial turmoil involving the football club 1. FC Saarbrücken. As head of the board of the club which he helped to save from bankruptcy, he had signed a sponsoring contract, which had been negotiated before he came into office, and which later turned out to be double-minded. He disclosed the entire process, accepted a fine and resigned from his political office. Since then he dedicated a substantial part of his time to the publication of over a dozen books and the curatorship of numerous exhibitions on different topics.


Member of P.E.N., Center of German language authors abroad

Member of Saarländischen Künstlerhaus (House of Sarre artists).

Chair of board of trustees of Studienstiftung Saar

Chair of the Sarre division of German Library Association (Deutschen Bibliotheksverband)

Chair of the Stiftungsrats der Stiftung Demokratie Saarland (Council of the Democracy Foundation Sarre)

Member of ZDF national TV council (National German public TV channel 2)

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This article is based on the entry Reinhard Klimmt in the German Wikipedia.