List of Presidents of the Bundesrat of Germany

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The President of the Bundesrat (German: Bundesratspräsident) is the Bundesrat's chairperson or speaker.

The office rotates among the ministers president of each of the federal Länder annually. The new Bundesratspräsident is elected during October and takes office on 1 November. In 1950 the Ministers President of the Länder agreed to elect the Bundesratspräsident on a rota, so that every state had a chance to preside over the Bundesrat and to show that the Bundesrat represents all of Germany, rather than the most successful political party.

The rota is based on the state's population.

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From To Name Land Party
1949 1950 Karl Arnold North Rhine-Westphalia Christian Democratic Union (CDU)
1950 1951 Hans Ehard Bavaria Christian Social Union (CSU)
1951 1952 Hinrich Wilhelm Kopf Lower Saxony Social Democratic Party (SPD)
1952 1953 Reinhold Maier Baden-Württemberg Free Democratic Party (FDP)
1953 1954 Georg August Zinn Hesse SPD
1954 1955 Peter Altmeier Rhineland-Palatinate CDU
1955 1956 Kai-Uwe von Hassel Schleswig-Holstein CDU
1956 1957 Kurt Sieveking Hamburg CDU
1957 1958 Willy Brandt[1] Berlin SPD
1958 1959 Wilhelm Kaisen Bremen SPD
1959 1960 Franz Josef Röder Saarland CDU
1960 1961 Franz Meyers North Rhine-Westphalia CDU
1961 1962 Hans Ehard Bavaria CSU
1962 1963 Kurt Georg Kiesinger Baden-Württemberg CDU
1963 1964 Georg Diederichs Lower Saxony SPD
1964 1965 Georg August Zinn Hesse SPD
1965 1966 Peter Altmeier Rhineland-Palatinate CDU
1966 1967 Helmut Lemke Schleswig-Holstein CDU
1967 1968 Klaus Schütz Berlin SPD
1968 1969 Herbert Weichmann Hamburg SPD
1969 1970 Franz Josef Röder Saarland CDU
1970 1971 Hans Koschnick Bremen SPD
1971 1972 Heinz Kühn North Rhine-Westphalia SPD
1972 1973 Alfons Goppel Bavaria CSU
1973 1974 Hans Filbinger Baden-Württemberg CDU
1974 1975 Alfred Kubel Lower Saxony SPD
1975 1976 Albert Osswald Hesse SPD
1976 1977 Bernhard Vogel Rhineland-Palatinate CDU
1977 1978 Gerhard Stoltenberg Schleswig-Holstein CDU
1978 1979 Dietrich Stobbe Berlin SPD
1979 1980 Hans-Ulrich Klose Hamburg SPD
1980 1981 Werner Zeyer Saarland CDU
1981 1982 Hans Koschnick Bremen SPD
1982 1983 Johannes Rau North Rhine-Westphalia SPD
1983 1984 Franz Josef Strauß Bavaria CSU
1984 1985 Lothar Späth Baden-Württemberg CDU
1985 1986 Ernst Albrecht Lower Saxony CDU
1986 1987 Holger Börner Hesse SPD
1987 1987 Walter Wallmann Hesse CDU
1987 1988 Bernhard Vogel Rhineland-Palatinate CDU
1988 1989 Björn Engholm Schleswig-Holstein SPD
1989 1990 Walter Momper Berlin SPD
1990 1991 Henning Voscherau Hamburg SPD
1991 1992 Alfred Gomolka Mecklenburg-Vorpommern CDU
1992 1992 Berndt Seite Mecklenburg-Vorpommern CDU
1992 1993 Oskar Lafontaine Saarland SPD
1993 1994 Klaus Wedemeier Bremen SPD
1994 1995 Johannes Rau North Rhine-Westphalia SPD
1995 1996 Edmund Stoiber Bavaria CSU
1996 1997 Erwin Teufel Baden-Württemberg CDU
1997 1998 Gerhard Schröder Lower Saxony SPD
1998 1999 Hans Eichel Hesse SPD
1999 1999 Roland Koch Hesse CDU
1999 2000 Kurt Biedenkopf Saxony CDU
2000 2001 Kurt Beck Rhineland-Palatinate SPD
2001 2002 Klaus Wowereit Berlin SPD
2002 2003 Wolfgang Böhmer Saxony-Anhalt CDU
2003 2004 Dieter Althaus Thuringia CDU
2004 2005 Matthias Platzeck Brandenburg SPD
2005 2006 Peter Harry Carstensen Schleswig-Holstein CDU
2006 2007 Harald Ringstorff Mecklenburg-Vorpommern SPD
2007 2008 Ole von Beust[2] Hamburg CDU
2008 2009 Peter Müller Saarland CDU
2009 2010 Jens Böhrnsen Bremen SPD
2010 2011 Hannelore Kraft North Rhine-Westphalia SPD
2011 2012 Horst Seehofer Bavaria CSU
2012 2013 Winfried Kretschmann Baden-Württemberg Alliance '90/The Greens

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  1. Otto Suhr of the SPD in Berlin was elected President of the Bundesrat in July 1957, but died in August before his term of office began.
  2. Elected at the 837th meeting on 12 October 2007 for the period 1 November 2007 to 31 October 2008

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