Richard Stücklen (20 August 1916 – 2 May 2002) was German
politician of the CSU. He had previously been a member of the NSDAP
(1939–1945). From 1957 to 1966, he served as Federal Minister for
Post and Communication. A member of the German parliament for more
than 40 years, he served as the 7th President of the
1979 to 1983.
2 Political career
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Stücklen was born in Heideck. After an apprenticeship, he worked as
an electrician while studying engineering in a correspondence course.
He was drafted into the
Reichsarbeitsdienst in 1936 and later into the
Wehrmacht, where he served as a soldier in
World War II
World War II from 1940 to
1943, when he was released as unfit for service due to a knee injury.
He then worked in the electrical industry and was able to finish his
training as an electrical engineer in Mittweida, after which he became
a departmental manager at AEG. After 1945, he worked in his parents'
locksmithery at Heideck. He co-founded the BMS Ingenieurgesellschaft
mbH & Co. KG engineering company in 1952 and was a company
associate until 1989.
Richard Stücklen was married with two children. He died in 2002 in
Weißenburg in Bayern from heart disease.
Stücklen joined the
Nazi Party in 1939  After the end of World War
II in 1945, Stücklen was one of the founders of the CSU in Heideck
and in Hilpoltstein. He was elected to the
Bundestag in 1949 as
representative of the electoral district of Weißenburg. He was the
youngest member of the first Bundestag and stayed a directly
elected member of the
Bundestag (first representing Weißenburg, later
Roth) for eleven legislative periods until the end of 1990, longer
than any other member before or after him.
Stücklen was part of a group of parliamentarians who unsuccessfully
proposed changing the German voting system to plurality voting in
After the 1957 Federal elections, Stücklen became Federal Minister
for Post and Communication in Konrad Adenauer's cabinet on 29 October
1957. He was the youngest German Federal minister at that time. He
kept his post in the cabinets of Ludwig Erhard. On 1 December 1966,
Stücklen left office and was replaced by
Werner Dollinger in Kurt
Georg Kiesinger's grand coalition cabinet. Between 1967 and 1976, he
was chairman of the CSU parliamentary group and deputy chairman of the
After the 1976 Federal elections, where he ran as a potential minister
in a possible
Helmut Kohl cabinet, he was elected Vice President of
Bundestag on 14 December 1976. Shortly after the Bundesversammlung
Karl Carstens as President of Germany, Stücklen became
his successor as President of the Bundestag. After the 1983 elections,
Rainer Barzel became president of the parliament, and Stücklen
returned to his vice presidential post which he held until he quit
parliament on 20 December 1990.
One of the most famous
Bundestag sessions presided over by Stücklen
was that of 18 October 1984, when Stücklen excluded Green Party
member Jürgen Reents from the session for calling
Helmut Kohl "bought
by Flick". Christa Nickels then requested an interruption. Stücklen
turned her microphone off, which prompted
Joschka Fischer to address
him, "With respect, Mr. President, you are an asshole", for which he
in turn was excluded by Stücklen. Fischer apologized to Stücklen two
^ CSU-Landesgruppenvorsitzende[permanent dead link]
^ a b (in German) Speech by
Wolfgang Thierse on the occasion of
^ (in German) Günter Pursch, Auch Abgeordnete sind nur Menschen.
(in German) Stücklen, Richard: Mit Humor und Augenmaß.
ISBN 3-00-008155-0 (autobiography)
Michael F. Feldkamp
Michael F. Feldkamp (ed.), Der Bundestagspräsident. Amt – Funktion
– Person. 16. Wahlperiode, München 2007,
Richard Stücklen in the
German National Library
German National Library catalogue
Presidents of the Bundestag
Kai-Uwe von Hassel
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