Wolfgang Gerhardt

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Wolfgang Gerhardt
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Member of Bundestag
In office
1994 – December 2013
Constituency Hessen list (no. 01)
Chairman of the FDP
In office
Preceded by Klaus Kinkel
Succeeded by Guido Westerwelle
Personal details
Born (1943-12-31) 31 December 1943 (age 73)
Ulrichstein, Germany
Political party  German:
Free Democratic Party
Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe

Wolfgang Gerhardt (born 31 December 1943 in Ulrichstein) is a German politician and was the leader of the FDP from 1995 until he was succeeded by Guido Westerwelle in 2001.[1]

Political career[edit]

Gerhardt was a member of the Member of the Landtag of Hesse from 1978 until 1994. Between 1987 and 1991, he served as State Minister for Science and Culture and Deputy Minister-President in the state government of Minister-President Walter Wallmann of Hesse. In this capacity, he was one of the state’s representatives on the Bundesrat.

From 2002 until 2012, Gerhardt was Vice President of Liberal International (LI), under the leadership of successive presidents Annemie Neyts-Uyttebroeck (2002-2005), John Alderdice (2005-2009), and Hans van Baalen (2009-2011).

Ahead of the 2005 national elections, Gerhard was billed as a possible foreign minister in a new centre-right coalition with the Christian Democrats; instead, newly elected Chancellor Angela Merkel entered a coalition with the Social Democratic Party.[2] Gerhardt was succeeded as chairman of the FDP parliamentary group by Westerwelle in 2006. Between 2006 and 2013, he served on the Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Since 2006, Gerhardt has been serving as chairman of the board of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation.

Other activities[edit]

Corporate boards[edit]

  • Alte Leipziger Lebensversicherung aG, Member of the Advisory Board
  • Hallesche-Nationale Krankenversicherung aG, Member of the Advisory Board
  • Rücker AG, Member of the Supervisory Board
  • Deutsche Vermögensberatung (DVAG), Member of the Advisory Board (1995)[3]


Personal life[edit]

Gerhardt is married and has two children.


  1. ^ "Gerhardt, Dr. Wolfgang" (in German). Bundestag. Retrieved 5 July 2010. 
  2. ^ Bertrand Benoit and Edward Alden (June 28, 2005), Schröder attempts to sway US on claim for UN seat Financial Times.
  3. ^ Tobias Romberg (May 19, 2011), Ritter der Schwafelrunde Die Zeit.
  4. ^ Board of Trustees Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research.