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 79)
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 Premier of Saarland, and 1999–2000, Federal Minister of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs.

Personal life

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

Since 1964, Klimmt is a member of the SPD. 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. After only one year in office, he was forced to resign because of his role in a financial scandal involving the football club 1. FC Saarbrücken.

External links


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