Hans-Ulrich Klose

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Hans-Ulrich Klose, 2013

Hans-Ulrich Klose (born June 14, 1937 in Breslau ) is a former German politician of the SPD . He was first mayor of Hamburg from 1974 to 1981 and chairman of the SPD parliamentary group from 1991 to 1994 .

Life and work

Klose came to Bielefeld in 1947 . During his school years (1954) he attended high school in Clinton, Iowa . After graduating from high school in 1957 at the Ratsgymnasium Bielefeld , Klose studied law from 1959 at the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg and the University of Hamburg . He completed his studies in 1961 with the first state examination and passed the assessor examination in 1965. From 1965 to 1970 he worked as a youth prosecutor . Later he was government director in Hamburg until 1972 .

As a member of a white class , Klose did five months of voluntary military service with Panzergrenadierbrigade 17 in Hamburg. He was promoted to lieutenant in the reserve. He is married for the second time and has four children and a stepdaughter.

Since leaving the Bundestag in 2013, Klose has worked as Senior Advisor to the Robert Bosch Foundation .

Political party

In 1964, Klose joined the SPD and served as its federal treasurer from 1987 to 1991 .

From 1994 to 1997 he was federal chairman of AG60plus .


Hans-Ulrich Klose (1978)
Hans-Ulrich Klose at the SPD state party conference in 1981 with his second wife Elke

In the state election in Hamburg in 1970 he was elected to the Hamburg state parliament. 1972/73 he was parliamentary group leader of the SPD. From October 10, 1973 to May 25, 1981 his mandate was suspended because he was a member of the Senate. With his resignation on March 11, 1983, Klose left the citizenry.

From the Bundestag election 1983 to 2013 Klose was a member of the German Bundestag . There he was elected chairman of the SPD parliamentary group after the resignation of Hans-Jochen Vogel on November 12, 1991 . After the federal election in 1994 , he handed over this office to the then SPD federal chairman Rudolf Scharping , who had also been a candidate for chancellor in 1994. Instead, Klose was Vice President of the German Bundestag from 1994 to 1998 .

In 1998, Klose first became chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee . From 2002 to 2013 he was its deputy chairman and since January 2003 also chairman of the German-American parliamentary group .

Klose has always entered the Bundestag as a directly elected member of the Bundestag constituency Hamburg-Harburg or, since 2002, the Bundestag constituency Hamburg-Bergedorf-Harburg . In the 2005 Bundestag election , he received 51.0% of the first votes . In the 2009 Bundestag election it was 39.0%. Klose did not run for the 2013 federal election.

Public offices

In 1973 he became Hamburg's Senator for the Interior under First Mayor Peter Schulz , whom he succeeded in office only one year later. Klose was the youngest head of government in a country in the Federal Republic of Germany. Due to a toxic waste scandal by the Stoltzenberg company , losses of the public-municipal Hamburg urban development company STEG and above all as a result of the internal party conflict over the construction of the Brokdorf nuclear power plant , he surprisingly resigned as mayor on May 25, 1981. His successor was Klaus von Dohnanyi . Klose rejected the construction of the nuclear power plant, was able to win a majority in the Hamburg SPD for this position, but could not prevail against the then SPD state chairman Werner Staak .

On March 16, 2010 he was appointed coordinator for German-American cooperation by Federal Foreign Minister Westerwelle . Klose was the successor to Karsten Voigt , who was retiring. He gave up this office on January 31, 2011 for private reasons. His successor was Harald Leibrecht .

Klose was a member of the Bundeswehr Structural Commission .

Social Commitment

From 1986 to 1989, Klose was chairman of the Federal Association for the Promotion of the Genossenschaftsgedankens e. V. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the Presidium and has been an honorary member of the German Society for Foreign Policy since 2013 . He is also a member of the advisory board of the Atlantic Initiative and was a member of the board of trustees of AFS Intercultural Encounters . V. with, the oldest German school exchange organization. Klose is a member of the board of trustees of the aid organization CARE Germany .


Klose rejected the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany because, as a former Hamburg Senator , he was not allowed to do so due to a resolution of the Hamburg Senate that was last confirmed in 1963 .


  • with Dieter Biallas and Volker Rühe : SPD - CDU - FDP. Contributions to the basic program of political parties , Verlag Lütcke & Wulff, State Center for Civic Education, Hamburg 1974, DNB 740867040 ; 4th edition 1977.
  • Charade (poetry), Bouvier, Bonn, 1997
  • Charade two (poetry), Bouvier, Bonn, 2001
  • Write time. Poems 1995 to 2007 (poetry), Bouvier, Bonn 2007, ISBN 978-3-416-03202-5 .

See also

Web links

Commons : Hans-Ulrich Klose  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Portrait of Hans-Ulrich Klose . Jewish Voice From Germany. December 21, 2014. Accessed March 24, 2015.
  2. On the luck of failing in politics . World online. August 14, 2012. Retrieved August 30, 2012.
  3. Westerwelle brings Klose to the Foreign Office . politics scene. March 23, 2010. Archived from the original on August 18, 2012. Retrieved on March 30, 2012.
  4. Germany's representative for America resigns . Mirror online. January 25, 2011. Retrieved March 30, 2012.
  5. 20 years of commitment to a democratic economy (PDF; 2.7 MB) Federal Association for the Promotion of the Cooperative Thought eV. November 2007. Archived from the original on May 12, 2014. Retrieved July 21, 2012.
  6. ^ The organs of the German Society for Foreign Policy ( Memento from May 16, 2013 in the Internet Archive )
  7. Arend Oetker confirmed as DGAP President. June 18, 2013, accessed December 10, 2018 .
  8. Members & Advisory Board - atlantische-initiative.org. (No longer available online.) Archived from the original on November 9, 2014 ; accessed on June 12, 2019 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / atlantische-initiative.org
  9. Our structure. CARE Deutschland eV, accessed on March 12, 2019 .