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Hans-Ulrich Klose
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Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee
In office
26 October 1998 – 17 October 2002
Deputy Carl-Dieter Spranger
Preceded by Karl-Heinz Hornhues
Succeeded by Volker Rühe
Vice President of the Bundestag
In office
10 November 1994 – 26 October 1998
President Rita Süssmuth
Preceded by Renate Schmidt
Succeeded by Anke Fuchs
Leader of the Social Democratic Party in the Bundestag
In office
12 November 1991 – 10 November 1994
Chief Whip Peter Struck
Preceded by Hans-Jochen Vogel
Succeeded by Rudolf Scharping
First Mayor of Hamburg
In office
12 November 1974 – 25 May 1981
President Walter Scheel
Karl Carstens
Chancellor Helmut Schmidt
Second Mayor Dieter Biallas
Helga Elstner
Preceded by Peter Schulz
Succeeded by Klaus von Dohnanyi
Hamburg Senator for the Interior
In office
10 October 1973 – 12 November 1974
First Mayor Peter Schulz
Preceded by Heinz Ruhnau
Succeeded by Werner Staak
Member of the Bundestag
for Hamburg-Bergedorf-Harburg
In office
22 September 2002 – 22 September 2013
Preceded by Constituency created
Succeeded by Metin Hakverdi
Member of the Bundestag
for Hamburg-Harburg
In office
6 March 1983 – 22 September 2002
Preceded by Herbert Wehner
Succeeded by Constituency abolished
Personal details
Born (1937-06-14) 14 June 1937 (age 85)
(now Poland)
Citizenship German
Nationality  Germany
Political party SPD
Alma mater University of Hamburg

Hans-Ulrich Klose (born 14 June 1937) is a German politician from the Social Democratic Party and a former member of the German Federal parliament (German: Bundestag). Klose was the First Mayor (German: Erster Bürgermeister) of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg from 1974 up to 1981, serving as President of the Bundesrat in 1979/80.

Early life

Klose was born in Breslau (now better known under its Polish name Wrocław), Province of Lower Silesia. After the end of World War II, Klose's family fled from Breslau and moved to Bielefeld. In 1957 he received his high-school diploma and started studying law at the universities of Freiburg and Hamburg. In 1961 he passed the First, in 1965 the Second Legal State Examination, and started working as a lawyer in Hamburg.

Other activities

  • CARE Deutschland-Luxemburg, Member of the Board of Trustees
  • Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES), Member
  • Green Helmets, Member of the Board of Trustees
  • Otto von Bismarck Foundation, Member of the Board of Trustees
  • Progressives Zentrum, Member of the Circle of Friends


In March 2013 the Congressional Study Group on Germany presented Klose with the inaugural International Statesmanship Award in appreciation "for his longstanding service to strengthening the US-German relationship".

Personal life

Since 1992 Hans-Ulrich Klose has been married to his third wife, a physician. He has two daughters and two sons from his first two marriages.

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