Dr. Franz Josef Jung
Franz Josef Jung was born on 5 March 1949 in Erbach in the Rhinegau region of Germany. He has been married to his wife Beate for more than 25 years. They have three children.
After completing his secondary education, he spent his military service with the amphibious engineers in Niederlahnstein and Lorch on the Rhine and underwent officer training in Münster and Rendsburg.
He then studied law in Mainz and obtained his Ph.D. in law in 1978.
Franz Josef Jung was a member of the Rhinegau-Taunus District Council from 1972 to 1987. He worked as a solicitor in Eltville from 1976 before becoming a notary in the same town in 1983.
Franz Josef Jung was elected to the parliament of the federal state of Hesse in 1983 where he was Parliamentary Secretary of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) parliamentary group from 1987 to 1999.
He was Minister for Federal and European Affairs of the federal state of Hesse and head of the State Cabinet Office from 1999 to 2000. He was chairman of the CDU parliamentary group in the parliament of the federal state of Hesse from 2003 to 2005.
22 November 2005 - 28 October 2009, Franz Josef Jung was Minister of Defence of the Federal Republic of Germany.