Rodrigo Hinzpeter

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Rodrigo Hinzpeter.

Rodrigo Javier Hinzpeter Kirberg (born 27 October 1965) is a Chilean lawyer and politician. He was one of the founders of National Renewal,[1] 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 was born in Santiago to a Jewish family. He is married and the father of three children.[1]

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.[2] 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.[2] He subsequently majored in Legal and Social Sciences at the university, obtaining his law degree from the Chilean Supreme Court.[1]

Hinzpeter was a Professor of Civil Law at the PUC[citation needed] and he is the author of “La hipoteca” (1993).

Hinzpeter is a member of the Chilean Bar Association and he worked as an attorney at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York City.[1]

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.[1]


External links[edit]

Media related to Rodrigo Hinzpeter at Wikimedia Commons

Political offices
Preceded by
Francisco Vidal
Minister of the Interior
Succeeded by
Andrés Chadwick