Rudolf Seiters

Rudolf Seiter ( born October 13, 1937 in Osnabrück ) is a German politician ( CDU). He was from 1989 to 1991 as a Federal Minister for Special Affairs Head of the Federal Office, 1991-1993 Federal Minister of the Interior from 1998 to 2002 and Vice President of the German Bundestag. Since 2003 he has been president of the German Red Cross.

Life and career

After graduating from high school Carolinum in Osnabrück in 1959 Seiter holds a degree in law and political science at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, which he finished in 1963 with the first and 1967 with the second legal state examination. During his studies he became a member of the Young European Federalists and in 1959 a member of the WKSt.V. Unitas Winfridia at Munster, he is also now a member of WKSt.V. Unitas Rhenaniastraße to Bonn. He was from 1968 to 1969 Regierungsassessor the provincial government in Osnabrück ( Economic and Wohnungsbauderzernat ).

Since November 2003, Seiter is President of the German Red Cross.

Rudolf Seiter is married, has three daughters and lives in Papenburg. In 2000 he joined the Bundeswehr University Munich awarded an honorary doctorate ( Dr. rer. Pol. Hc ).


In 1958 he founded the Young Union in Bohmte. Since 1958 he is also a member of the CDU. 1963 to 1965 he was District Chairman of the Junge Union Osnabrück -Emsland. From 1965 to 1968 he was chairman of the Junge Union of the National Association Hanover. 1968 to 1971 he was the first regional chairman of the National Association of Lower Saxony newly established. From 1967 to 1971 also a member of the Federal Executive of the Junge Union and from 1971 to 1973 Member of the Board of the CDU. From 1972 to 1998 he was deputy chairman of the CDU state of Lower Saxony. From 1992 to 1998 he was also a member of the Presidium of the CDU.

Member of Parliament

From 1969 to 2002 he was a member of the German Bundestag. Here he was from 1971 to 1976 and from October 1982 to November 1984 Parliamentary Secretary of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group, from November 1984 to April 1989 he was then her first Parliamentary Secretary. After the parliamentary election in 1994, he was until 1998 Vice-Chairman of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group. From 1998 to 2002 he was then vice-president of the German Bundestag.

Rudolf Seiter in 1969, 1972 and 1976 then always drawn as directly elected representative of the constituency Emsland and as directly elected representative of the constituency of lower Ems in the Bundestag.

Public offices

On April 21, 1989, he was appointed Federal Minister for Special Tasks and Head of the Federal Chancellery in led by Chancellor Helmut Kohl Federal Government. On November 26, 1991, he was appointed Minister of the Interior. During his tenure, the xenophobic riots of Rostock light Hagen in August 1992 and the asylum compromise fell from December 1992. As on June 27, 1993, a police operation at the station in Mecklenburg bath small Submitted RAF terrorist Wolfgang Grams and GSG -9 - Michael Newrzella officials were killed, Seiter took the political responsibility and resigned on July 4, 1993 from his office.


On 19 July 1995 Rudolf Seiter was awarded the Grand Cross of Merit with Star.


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