Reinhard Klimmt

Reinhard Klimmt (born August 16, 1942 in Berlin) is a German politician (SPD). From 1998 to 1999, he was Minister-President of the Saarland, and 1999 - 2000, Federal Minister of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs.

Personal life

After passing the Abitur in Osnabrück, Klimmt studied history at the Saarland University.

He is a passionate bibliophile and writes columns for the German website of AbeBooks.

Klimmt is married and has three children.

Political career

Since 1964, Klimmt is a member of the SPD. In 1998, he became Minister-President of the Saarland, since his precedessor, Oskar Lafontaine became the new Federal Minister of Finance after the SPD's victory at the Federal election.

In 1999, Klimmt lost to Peter Müller in the parliament elections in the Saarland. Later that year, he became Federal Minister of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs. After only one year in office, he was forced to resign because of his role in a dubious financial crisis of the German football club 1. FC Saarbrücken.

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