Detlef Kleinert

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Detlef Kleinert, 1984

Detlef Kleinert (born July 26, 1932 in Essen ; † June 17, 2016 ) was a German lawyer and politician ( FDP ).


Detlef Kleinert was born in 1932 as the son of the head of the Schöningen Reichsbank office . After graduating from high school in 1951 in Schöningen, he began studying law and economics at the universities in Erlangen and Munich , which he completed in 1955 with the first state examination and in 1960 with the second state examination. During his studies he became a member of the Corps Isaria . After his admission, Kleinert worked as a lawyer (since 1970 also as a notary) in the law firm Homann-Kleinert-Habel in Hanover . He was also a member of the board of the Wertgarantie Unternehmensgruppe , Hanover. As such, in 1994 he founded their subsidiary Agila Pet Health Insurance AG , based in Hanover, which he subsequently headed as CEO. He then resumed his work as a lawyer and notary in the Hanover law firm Habel-Garlipp-Kleinert.

Kleinert joined the Liberal Student Union of Germany in 1952 . He joined the FDP in 1957, was chairman of the FDP district association Hanover-Stadt from 1967 to 1996, and from 1970 to 1992 state treasurer of the FDP Lower Saxony . From 1969 to 1998 he was a member of the German Bundestag for eight terms . He was always elected to parliament via the Lower Saxony state list , and from 1972 always as the top candidate. Documents about his activities as a member of the German Bundestag and for the FDP from 1975 to 1998 are in the archive of liberalism of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom in Gummersbach .

Kleinert was a leading member of the conservative FDP group Schaumburger Kreis in the second half of the 1980s and 1990s and, in press assessments at the time, was jointly responsible for the resignation of the left-liberal Federal Minister of Justice Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger in December 1995 when the party approved the large eavesdropping attack made. Until his death, Kleinert was honorary chairman of the Association of Liberal Jurists (VLJ).

Kleinert is known for a speech he gave on November 23, 1994 in the German Bundestag. At that time he described, among other things, the “receptivity of some of the members of the house” as “obviously permanently restricted”, which in view of his apparently intoxicated state and his slurred articulation led to laughter among those present. The scene was broadcast repeatedly on German comedy television. As early as 1981, Kleinert made an apparently drunk speech in the Bundestag.

In 2009 Detlef Kleinert was made an honorary member of the German Parliamentary Society .

From 1981 to 2016, from 1982 to 1983 as deputy chairman, he was a member of the board of trustees of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation .

Detlef Kleinert was divorced and had one child.


  • International Biographical Archive 22/1999 from May 24, 1999 (st), Munzinger online

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Individual evidence

  1. Sometimes here, sometimes there . In: Der Spiegel . No. 22 , 1995, p. 34-36 ( online ). Now I am free . In: Der Spiegel . No.
     51 , 1995, p. 26-28 ( online ).
  2. ^ Homepage of the Association of Liberal Jurists
  3. ^ Plenary minutes of the German Bundestag. 13th electoral term, November 23, 1994, pp. 149f. Scan (PDF; 3.4 MB) E-text
    video recording of the speech in the German Bundestag [1]
  4. Panorama , November 22, 1988, on MPs and addictions ( Youtube )
  5. Florian Fuchs, Andreas Nefzger: Alcoholism among politicians: Under pressure and on the bottle . Süddeutsche Zeitung , July 15, 2011, accessed on June 17, 2016.
  6. ^ About the person , report in: Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung , December 16, 2009, p. 2