Education and work
After graduation in 1957, Scholz studied law and economics at the Free University of Berlin and the Ludwig- Maximilians- University of Munich. He finished his studies in 1961 with the first and 1967 with the second legal state examination. In 1966 his doctorate in law. in Munich with the work of the nature and development of municipal public facilities, 1971, also in Munich habilitation work with Freedom of association as a constitutional problem. In 1972 he then took the reputation of the Freie Universität Berlin as professor at the Chair of Public Law. In 1978, he then followed the call of the University of Munich to the Chair of Constitutional and Administrative Law, Public Administration and Finance. At the end of the summer term 2005 Scholz was given emeritus status. Scholz is now known as Of Counsel in the Berlin office of the international law firm Gleiss Lutz. In this capacity, he wrote a report for the acquisition of EnBW by the state of Baden -Württemberg, which was later criticized by the State Court of Baden -Württemberg Circumvention parliament as unconstitutional.
Scholz is co-author and editor of the applicable standard work Basic Law Commentary Maunz / durig / Duke / Scholz.
Scholz is a member of the CDU since 1983. From 1998 to 2001 he was deputy chairman of the CDU Berlin.
From 1985 to 1988 he was a member of the Berlin House of Representatives. From 1990 to 2002 he was a member of the German Bundestag. Here he was from 1994 to 1998 Deputy Chairman of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group. From 1998 to 2002 he was then Chairman of the Legal Committee.
Scholz (14th legislature, 1998 ) was drawn over the national list of Berlin in the German Bundestag last. In the list lineup for the 2002 elections he was passed over against his will by his party and not nominated again in his constituency (Berlin- Tempelhof ).
From 1981 to 1983 he was among the mayors Richard von Weizsäcker and Eberhard Diepgen Senator for Justice, from 1982 also for Federal Affairs, the State of Berlin. On May 18, 1988, he was appointed as Minister of Defence in the Cabinet of Chancellor Helmut Kohl.
After taking office, several crashes of military aircraft, the air show disaster at Ramstein and a crash in Remscheid with numerous deaths and injuries occurred. In this context, Scholz had a fierce controversy with his Parliamentary State Secretary Peter Kurt Würzbach that temporarily wanted to impose a comprehensive ban on low-level flight, while Scholz struggled since the accident in Remscheid machine had crashed from an altitude of 1000m. In the discussion of a ban on low-level flights Scholz pointed to the limited German skills with regard to the flight activity of the Allies. Other points of contention his tenure were the planned extension of military service to 18 months and the cost of developing an air - to-air missile for the hunter 90th
In the reshuffle in 1989 he was no longer taken into account and therefore resigned on 21 April 1989 by the Federal Government.
Scholz from 1996 to 2006 Member of the supervisory board of the football club Hertha BSC, whose chairman in 2000. Scholz is curator at the Berlin Ernst Freiberger Foundation.
Rupert Scholz is married to the doctorate lawyer Helga Scholz- Hoppe, a former federal judge in Karlsruhe and at the Federal Administrative Court.
Nearly 17 years after leaving office in 2006, he called the nuclear armament of the Bundeswehr to " adequately to a nuclear threat by a terrorist state, in an emergency, so even with its own nuclear weapons, respond ( to ) can ".
Scholz was awarded the Bavarian Order of Merit.