Hans Streuli

Hans Streuli ( born July 13, 1892 in Zurich, † May 23 1970 in Aarau, Wädenswil ) was a Swiss politician ( FDP).

He was elected to the Federal Council on 22 December 1953. On 31 December 1959, he handed over his office after he had announced his resignation on November 19. During his tenure, he stood before the Tax and Customs Department. He was President in 1957 and Vice President in 1956.


Streuli was born as the only child of Jean and Susette Streuli -Schmidt in Zurich. After a move to his hometown Wädenswil he went to school there. After high school he had attended in Lausanne, he returned to Zurich and attended the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, where he received a degree in architecture in 1916. He opened his own office in 1918, again in Wädenswil. In 1922 he moved to Richterswil and married Clara Punter, with whom he had two daughters and a son.

Streuli 1928 was elected mayor of Richterswil. In 1935, he joined the FDP in the executive branch of the Canton of Zurich. Contrary to his expectation he not the Building Department, but the finance office was assigned. The necessary expertise he acquired but at soon. He sat in this office relevant for the renovation of the Canton of finances, a comprehensive tax reform was approved in 1952 by the people.

Streuli was president of the organizing committee for the Swiss National Exhibition ( "Landi" ) in Zurich in 1939, which he received in 1940 from the University of Zurich honorary doctorate ( Dr. oec. Publ. ).

Election to the Federal

Streuli social democratic predecessor Max Weber was on December 8, 1953, two days after losing a referendum on a financial reform, resigned. His party gave up the vacant seat and wanted to go back into opposition. The claim of the most densely populated canton of Zurich to the Swiss Federal Council seat was uncontested, so that very few candidates ever came into question. The FDP ported Streuli, the Catholic Conservatives (now CVP) ported Emil scent exactly one day before election day. The nominations were quite politically motivated: Streuli was a proponent of direct federal tax, scent was vehemently against it. Published yet on the day of nomination fragrance in the Basel National-Zeitung two articles of Zurich Journalism Dr. Fritz Heberlein. In the first article pointed to out that scent is representative of political Catholicism; in the second he called attention to a bribery scandal in the U.S. Army in Germany, in which the questionable payments were routed through the bank, the Director General was fragrance. Streuli Opponents feared he would pursue the same objectives as its predecessor and ignore the referendum on 6 December 1953. Finally, Streuli was elected on 22 December 1953, 113 out of 216 valid votes in the second ballot.

Activity in the Bundesrat

As expected, Streuli took over the Finance and Customs Department. His main focus was the reorganization of the federal financial system, which, however, met with widespread resistance, not least from his own party. The introduction of a uniform federal tax was therefore particularly criticized because it would burden the high income and the economy over charge. He tried to keep federal spending as low as possible, despite good economic and correspondingly increasing tax revenues. After a few setbacks, he succeeded in 1958, at least lay down the control system that has been common since the war. In addition, he reached the codification of financial equalization between the cantons in the Constitution.


Streuli occurred on 31 December 1959, 67 years from the Federal return. On December 17, 1959, four new members were elected to the Federal Council. The composition of the Bundesrat followed thereafter until the year 2003, the so-called magic formula. Streuli's direct successor in the Department of Finance, Jean Bourgknecht.

Hans Streuli one of the few politicians who were elected to the Federal Council, without ever having been a member of a legislature.