Holger Börner

Holger Börner (7 February 1931 in Kassel – 2 August 2006 in Kassel) was a German politician of the SPD.

Holger Börner
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Börner in 1978
Minister President of Hesse
In office
7 Juni 1976 – 23 April 1987
Preceded byAlbert Osswald
Succeeded byWalter Wallmann
President of Bundesrat
In office
1 November 1986 – 23 April 1987
Preceded byErnst Albrecht
Succeeded byWalter Wallmann
Personal details
Born(1931-02-07)7 February 1931
Kassel, Hesse-Nassau, Prussia, German Reich
Died2 August 2006(2006-08-02) (aged 75)
Kassel, Hesse, Germany
Political partySPD
OccupationConstruction worker, politician
Börner in 2001

He was the 4th Minister President of Hesse from 1976 until 1987. In this position, he served as the 38th President of the Bundesrat in 1986/87, but only served until the Landtag elections of 24 April 1987.

Early lifeEdit

After attending elementary and middle school, Börner became a construction worker after the Second World War. He became involved in the union early on and was most recently chairman of the works council of a Kassel construction company, for which he also worked as an auxiliary foreman.[citation needed]

Political careerEdit

In 1984, he and his SPD lost the majority in the Hesse Landtag. He managed to implement the first coalition between the SPD and the Green Party in Germany and was reelected, even though he had promised earlier never to work with the Green Party. In this administration, Joschka Fischer was the first green party minister in Germany.

Afterwards, until 2003, he was chairman of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung.[1]

Börner died of cancer at the age of 75 on 2 August 2006[2] and was survived by his wife Carola and three children.


  1. ^ ("Archived copy". Archived from the original on 14 August 2006. Retrieved 29 August 2006.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link))
  2. ^ "Präsidenten des Bundesrates seit 1949". Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 13 July 2007.
Political offices
Preceded by
Albert Osswald (SPD)
Minister-President of Hesse
1976 – 1987
Succeeded by
Walter Wallmann (CDU)