Hans A. Engelhard

Hans Arnold Engelhard ( born September 16, 1934 in Munich, † 11 March 2008 ) was a German politician ( FDP). He was from 1972 to 1994 Member of the German Bundestag and from October 1982 to January 1991 the Federal Minister of Justice.

Education and work

Engelhard was born the son of a Munich doctors married couple with Swiss ancestors. After graduation in 1954 Engelhard graduated in law at the universities of Erlangen and Munich. In 1963 he passed the second state examination in law and was admitted in the same year as a lawyer.


Since 1954, Engelhard was a member of the FDP. From 1970 to 1982 he was county chairman of the FDP in Munich. He also served on the State Executive of the FDP in Bavaria and the FDP Federal Executive.

Member of Parliament

From 1970 to 1972 Engelhard was a member of the City Council of the Bavarian capital, and here chairman of the FDP. In the local elections in June 1972, he ran unsuccessfully for the office of mayor. Five months later moved Engelhard one in the general election over the national list Bavaria in the German Bundestag, whose member he remained until 1994. From 1977 to 1982 he was deputy chairman of here FDP parliamentary group.

Public offices

After the change of government in 1982, he was appointed as Minister of Justice in the run of Chancellor Helmut Kohl black - yellow government on 4 October 1982. After the parliamentary election in 1990, he retired voluntarily from the Federal Government on 18 January 1991. He was thus the Federal Minister of Justice with the longest tenure.



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