Eduard Leuze

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Eduard Leuze (born December 24, 1906 in Freudenstein ; † October 25, 1973 in Reutlingen ) was a German politician of the FDP / DVP and from 1960 to 1966 Baden-Württemberg Minister of Economics .


Leuze was born in 1906 as the son of a Protestant pastor. He attended a grammar school in Tübingen , where he graduated from high school. He then studied law in Berlin , Kiel and Tübingen and received his doctorate in 1932. From 1933 he worked as a lawyer in Reutlingen . During the Second World War he served as a soldier, after which he became a notary in 1948. From 1951 he was a member of the presidium of the German Bar Association , later he was also a member of the supervisory board of Volkswagen AG and on the board of the German Association for the Protection of Securities .


Leuze joined the DVP in 1945 and became a member of the Reutlingen municipal council. From 1946 he was a member of the Advisory State Assembly for Württemberg-Hohenzollern and then from 1947 to 1952 the State Parliament of Württemberg-Hohenzollern . In 1947 he became parliamentary group leader of the DVP. A year later, Leuze was Vice President of the State Parliament. There he spoke out against the establishment of denominational schools . From 1951 to 1953 he was state chairman of the FDP / DVP in Württemberg-Hohenzollern. On March 21, 1952, Leuze succeeded the deceased Housing Minister Eberhard Wildermuth in the German Bundestag, to which he only belonged until the end of the current legislative period in 1953. At the federal party convention of the FDP in Bad Ems in 1952 , he was elected to the federal executive committee , to which he belonged in various functions until 1970. In 1953 he was also a member of the state constitutional assembly of Baden-Württemberg.

From 1956 to 1972 Leuze was a member of the state parliament in Baden-Württemberg , where he represented the constituency of Reutlingen . Until his appointment as minister, he was also parliamentary group leader of the FDP / DVP from 1956 to 1960 . From 1960 to 1966 he was Minister of Economics as the successor to the Social Democrat Hermann Veit , whose party had left the government. During this time he was chairman of the economic committee in the Federal Council from 1962 to 1966 . After the formation of a grand coalition under Hans Filbinger in 1966, Leuze left the cabinet.

Due to quarrels with his party, Leuze resigned from all party offices in December 1969, but remained a member of the state parliament until 1972. He died the following year in Reutlingen; his estate is in the main state archive in Stuttgart .


Leuze was personally connected to music, he sang in the Reutlinger Liederkranz . In the 1930s he was chairman of the Uhlandgau in the Swabian Singers 'Association and, after the Second World War, President of the Südwürttemberg-Hohenzollern Singers' Association .


In 1966, Leuze was awarded the Great Cross of Merit with Star and Shoulder Ribbon of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany . He also received the Golden Ring of Honor of the German Crafts.


  • The right of the insurance agent according to the law amending the commercial code (right of commercial agents) of August 6, 1953 (= series of publications of the insurance brokerage trade association. Vol. 6). Insurance brokerage trade association, Bonn 1953.
  • Liberal Economic Policy in the Developed Economy: XVIII. Federal party conference of the Free Democrats in Hanover , Bonn 1967.