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Bernhard Vogel
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Vogel in 2015
Minister-President of Thuringia
In office
5 February 1992 – 5 June 2003
Deputy Ulrich Fickel
Gerd Schuchardt
Andreas Trautvetter
Preceded by Josef Duchač
Succeeded by Dieter Althaus
President of the Bundesrat
In office
1 November 1987 – 31 October 1988
First Vice President Walter Wallmann
Preceded by Walter Wallmann
Succeeded by Björn Engholm
In office
3 December 1976 – 31 October 1977
First Vice President Albert Osswald
Preceded by Albert Osswald
Succeeded by Gerhard Stoltenberg
Minister-President of Rhineland-Palatinate
In office
2 December 1976 – 8 December 1988
Deputy Otto Meyer
Carl-Ludwig Wagner
Preceded by Helmut Kohl
Succeeded by Carl-Ludwig Wagner
Minister for Education and Culture of Rhineland-Palatinate
In office
18 May 1967 – 2 December 1976
Minister-President Peter Altmeier
Helmut Kohl
Preceded by Eduard Orth
Succeeded by Hanna-Renate Laurien
Personal details
Born 19 December 1932 (1932-12-19) (age 90)
Göttingen, Lower Saxony, Germany
Relatives Hans-Jochen Vogel (brother)
Alma mater Heidelberg University
Munich University

Bernhard Vogel (German pronunciation: [ˈbɛʁnhaʁt ˈfoːɡl̩]; born 19 December 1932) is a German politician of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU). He was the 4th Minister President of Rhineland-Palatinate from 1976 to 1988 and the 2nd Minister President of Thuringia from 1992 to 2003. He is the only person to have been head of two different German federal states and is the longest-governing Minister President of Germany. He served as the 28th and 40th President of the Bundesrat in 1976/77 and 1987/88.

Early life and education

Vogel was born in Göttingen. He received his Abitur in Munich in 1953, and began studies in political science, history, sociology, and economics, first in Heidelberg and then in Munich. He received his doctorate in 1960, while working as a research assistant at the Institute of Political Science at the University of Heidelberg. He became a lecturer there the following year, also working in adult education.

Other activities

Corporate boards

  • Deutsche Vermögensberatung (DVAG), member of the advisory board

Non-profit organizations

  • CARE Deutschland-Luxemburg, member of the board of trustees
  • Eugen Biser Foundation, member of the board of trustees
  • European Foundation for the Speyer Cathedral, member of the board of trustees
  • Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS), member of the board of trustees
  • Willy Brandt Foundation, member of the board of trustees

Personal life

Vogel is a devout Roman Catholic. He is single and has no children. His brother was the SPD politician Hans-Jochen Vogel (1926–2020), a former mayor of Munich and Berlin, federal minister of justice and candidate for chancellorship.

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