Party affiliation: Christian Democratic Union of Germany
Regional Committee Member, Christian Democratic Union Hessen, 1974-1990. Member of Bundestag, 1976-1982. Lord Mayor of Wiesbaden, 1982-1985.
District Chairman, Christian Democratic Union, Wiesbaden, 1986-1989. Member of Landtag. Hessen, 1987-1990. Minister for Justice, Federal and European Issues and Plenipotentiary, Thüringen Region, since 1990.
Lawyer, since 1966; notary, since 1977.