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Hans-Peter Friedrich

Hans-Peter Friedrich
Minister of Food and Agriculture
In office
17 December 2013 – 17 February 2014
Chancellor Angela Merkel
Preceded by Ilse Aigner (Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection)
Succeeded by Christian Schmidt
Minister of the Interior
In office
3 March 2011 – 17 December 2013
Chancellor Angela Merkel
Preceded by Thomas de Maizière
Succeeded by Thomas de Maizière
Personal details
Born (1957-03-10) 10 March 1957
Naila, West Germany
Political party Christian Social Union
Children 3
Alma mater University of Augsburg
Religion Lutheran

Hans-Peter Friedrich (born March 10, 1957 in Naila, Bavaria) is a German politician, representative of the Christian Social Union (CSU). He has been a member of the Bundestag of Germany since 1998[1] and has represented the single member district of Hof since 2002. He was deputy chairman of the investigating committee for party donations from 1999 until 2002 and for electoral fraud from 2002 until 2004. From 2002 until 2005 he was also judicial counselor of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group. In 2005 he became deputy chairman of the parliamentary group for the portfolio of housing and development.[2] On 3 March 2011 he succeeded Thomas de Maizière as Federal Minister of the Interior[3] and held this ministry until 17 December 2013 when he was appointed Federal Minister for Food and Agriculture. Friedrich resigned from that position in February 2014.


In the wake of the US National Security Agency's (NSA) internet surveillance scandal around PRISM in 2013, Friedrich defended the NSA's methods and promptly demanded legislation changes, in order to be able to expand surveillance of communication traffic by the German Bundesnachrichtendienst as well.[4]


Friedrich resigned on 14 February 2014,[5] reacting to imminent legal investigations into incidents during his tenure as Federal Minister of the Interior. He is accused of betraying state secrets about legal investigations into Social Democrat Party (SPD) heads during the coalition negotiations after the federal elections in 2013. The investigations showed Sebastian Edathy's link to a globally-operating child pornography syndicate,[6] and plans to take up an investigation against Edathy on suspicion of possessing such material.[5]

See also


  1. ^ Bundestag Biography
  2. ^ "Wechselt von der Leyen ins Gesundheitsministerium?". Hamburger Abendblatt. October 2, 2009 
  3. ^ "Neue Minister ernannt" [New ministers appointed].  
  4. ^ "100-Millionen-Programm: BND will Internet-Überwachung massiv ausweiten". Spiegel Online (in Deutsch). 16 June 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "German Agriculture Minister Friedrich resigns amid Edathy scandal". DW.DE. 2014-02-14. Retrieved 2014-03-28. 
  6. ^ "German politician Edathy rejects child porn allegation". DW.DE. 2014-02-11. Retrieved 2014-03-28. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas de Maizière
Minister of the Interior
Succeeded by
Thomas de Maizière
Preceded by
Ilse Aigner
as Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection
Minister of Food and Agriculture
Succeeded by
Christian Schmidt
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