Dietrich Stobbe

Dietrich Stobbe ( born March 25, 1938 in Weepers, East Prussia, † February 19, 2011 in Berlin) was a German politician of the SPD. The political scientist was 1977-1981 Governing Mayor of Berlin.

Education and work

After graduation in 1958 at the Athenaeum in Stade Stobbe began studying political science at the German University of Politics and the Free University of Berlin, where he graduated in 1962 with a degree in political science. She then worked as an administrative clerk. After retirement from politics in 1991, he joined in a leading position in a consulting company a ( Stobbe Sachs Nymoen, today SNPC ).

Stobbe was married and had two sons from his first marriage.


From 1960 until his death Stobbe was a member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany. From 1962 to 1963 he was secretary of the SPD in Berlin- Charlottenburg. In the years 1979-1981 he was the SPD regional chairman in West Berlin. From 1977 to 1982 he was a member of the Federal Executive of the SPD.

Public offices and mandates

From 1963 to 1966, Stobbe Personal Assistant to the Senator for Youth and Sports, Kurt Neubauer (SPD). In 1967 he was elected a member of the Berlin House of Representatives. Three months later, Stobbe was Parliamentary Secretary of the SPD parliamentary group and from 1970 its Vice-Chairman.

In 1973 he was appointed as a Senator for Federal Affairs and Plenipotentiary of the State of Berlin to the Federal Government in the Senate of the Governing Mayor Klaus Schütz. On 2 May 1977, he became its successor in the office of the mayor of Berlin. In this role he was also from November 1, 1978 to October 31, 1979 President of the Bundesrat.

Under Stobbe, founded by Ernst Reuter Berlin radio series was set where the shoe pinches us.

In the elections in Berlin in 1979, the social-liberal government under Stobbes leadership could hold its own against the CDU under Richard von Weizsäcker.

By Garski affair the era Stobbe ended after just four years. The contractor Dietrich Garski could not repay a state guarantee on more than 100 million marks for projects in Saudi Arabia due to insolvency in late 1980 and went into hiding. On January 15, 1981 Stobbe resigned from the office of mayor, and with him the entire Senate.

As a by-election of senators to the lack of unity of the coalition of the SPD and FDP failed in January 1981 in the House of Representatives, announced his successor Hans -Jochen Vogel, as soon as possible to allow new elections. The elections to the House of Representatives on May 10, In 1981, the CDU under Richard von Weizsäcker; first time since the short-lived Senate Walther Schreiber 1953/55 had to leave the SPD government. With the end of the legislature Stobbe retired in 1981 also from the House of Representatives.

In 1983 he was a deputy member of the Berlin Bundestag. The first all-German Bundestag 1990 he no longer belonged to.


Senate Stobbe I - Senate Stobbe II