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Johannes Rau (1999 - 2004)

Bundespräsident Johannes Rau und Frau Christina Rau © BPA

DateBiography
1931 Born on 16 January in Wuppertal-Barmen
1949-1967Worked in the publishing trade
1952Joined the All-German People's Party (Gesamtdeutsche Volkspartei - GVP), which was disbanded in 1957
1957Joined the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD)
1964-1978Member of Wuppertal Town Council
1970-1978Minister of Science and Research of Land North-Rhine/Westphalia
1973-1998Member of the SPD Executive Committee of Land North-Rhine/Westphalia
1977-1998Chairman of the SPD Executive Committee of Land North-Rhine /Westphalia
1978-1999Member of the SPD Federal Executive Committee
1978-1998Minister-President of Land North-Rhine/Westphalia
1982-1983President of the Bundesrat
1982-1999Deputy Chairman of the SPD
1987SPD Chancellor candidate at the Bundestag elections
1994-1995President of the Bundesrat
23 May 1994Defeated in the election for the office of Federal President by Professor Roman Herzog
27 May 1998Resigned as Minister-President
2 November 1998Nominated as candidate for the office of Federal President by the SPD Federal Executive Committee
23 May 1999Elected as Federal President by the Federal Convention in Berlin
1999-2004Federal President
2006Johannes Rau died on 27 January

Johannes Rau was Protestant. He married Christina Delius in 1982. They had three children.