High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Rudolf Scharping (2
December 1947 in Niederelbert) is a German politician (SPD).
Scharping studied politics, sociology and law at the University of
Bonn. He joined the Social Democratic Party (SPD) in 1966. He was
Member of the Rhineland-Palatine Parliament from 1975 to 1994. From
21 May 1991 to 15 October 1994 he was prime minister of the state.
In 1994 he ran as the SPD's candidate for German chancellor against
Helmut Kohl (CDU), lost, and became leader of the opposition. His
successor for the prime minister post is Kurt Beck. From 1993 to
1995, Scharping was chairman of the SPD, succeeding Bjorn Engholm.
He was then defeated by Oskar Lafontaine in an upset vote at the
federal party convent at Mannheim. He was elected as one of five
vice chairmen in the same year and re-elected in 1997, 1999 and
2001. He has been member of the Bundestag since 1994. He led the
SPD parliamentary group from 1994 to 1998.
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