Wolfgang Gerhardt
Leader of the Opposition
In office
22 November 2005 – 1 May 2006
ChancellorAngela Merkel
Preceded byAngela Merkel
Succeeded byGuido Westerwelle
Leader of the Free Democratic Party in the Bundestag
In office
5 October 1998 – 1 May 2006
Preceded byHermann Otto Solms
Succeeded byGuido Westerwelle
Leader of the Free Democratic Party
In office
10 June 1995 – 4 May 2001
DeputyCornielia Schmatz-Jacobsen
Jürgen Bohn
Rainer Brüderle
Cornelia Pieper
Walter Döring
Preceded byKlaus Kinkel
Succeeded byGuido Westerwelle
Deputy Leader of the Free Democratic Party
In office
23 February 1985 – 10 June 1995
LeaderMartin Bangemann
Otto Graf Lambsdorff
Klaus Kinkel
Preceded byJürgen Morlok
Succeeded byRainer Brüderle
Deputy Minister President of Hesse
In office
24 April 1987 – 5 April 1991
Minister PresidentWalter Wallmann
Preceded byHans Krollmann
Succeeded byJoschka Fischer
Representative of Hesse to the Federation
In office
24 April 1987 – 5 April 1991
Minister PresidentWalter Wallmann
Preceded byWilli Görlach
Succeeded byUlrike Rieder
Hessian Minister of Science and Art
In office
24 April 1987 – 5 April 1991
Minister PresidentWalter Wallmann
Preceded byVera Rüdiger
Succeeded byEvelies Mayer
Member of the Bundestag for Hesse
In office
16 October 1994 – 22 September 2013
ConstituencyFree Democratic List
Personal details
Born (1943-12-31) 31 December 1943 (age 77)
Ulrichstein, Nazi Germany
Political party German:
Free Democratic Party
 EU:
Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe

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

Political career

Gerhardt was born in Ulrichstein. He 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

Corporate boards

Non-profits

Personal life

Gerhardt is married and has two children.[citation needed]

References

  1. ^ "Gerhardt, Dr. Wolfgang" (in German). Bundestag. Archived from the original on 30 October 2013. Retrieved 5 July 2010.
  2. ^ Bertrand Benoit and Edward Alden (28 June 2005), Schröder attempts to sway US on claim for UN seat Financial Times.
  3. ^ Tobias Romberg (19 May 2011), Ritter der Schwafelrunde Die Zeit.
  4. ^ Board of Trustees Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research.
  5. ^ Advisory Board Turkey: Culture of Change Initiative (TCCI).