4. German Bundestag - 4. Deutscher Bundestag

The 4th German Bundestag existed between October 17, 1961 [1] and October 17, 1965. [2] In total, the 4th German Bundestag held 198 sessions, with the last meeting on July 23, 1965. [3] The 4th Bundestag was constituted by the 1961 Bundestag election , which took place on September 17, 1961.

The senior president was Robert Pferdmenges from the CDU , for the MP Konrad Adenauer (CDU), who, as Federal Chancellor, did not want to exercise the dignity of senior president. On April 7, 1965, the Bundestag met for the only time in the electoral term and for the last time before reunification in Berlin , which took place in the Congress Hall. [4]

On November 7, 1961, the 4th Bundestag elected Konrad Adenauer with 258 (+8) yes-votes, 206 (+10) no-votes, 26 (+1) abstentions in the first ballot for Federal Chancellor. [5] After his resignation on 15 October 1963, Ludwig Erhard (CDU) voted on 16 October 1963 his successor.

Members of the Bundestag

Parliamentary groups in the plenary session of the 4th parliamentary term
(until October 19, 1965)

A total of 521 seats

At the beginning and at the end of the legislative period, the 4th Bundestag had a total of 499 members (+22 Berlin members of the Bundestag ). The CDU / CSU had the highest share of seats with 242 (+9) seats (end: 250), followed by the SPD with 190 (+13) seats (end: 204). In addition, the FDP (67 seats at the end of 66 seats) was represented in the 4th Bundestag . By leaving the parliamentary group, there was temporarily a non-attached MP .

Presidium of the Bundestag

In the first session, Eugen Gerstenmaier was re-elected President of the Bundestag with 463 votes in favor, 36 abstentions and 5 invalid votes.



A total of 635 legislative initiatives were introduced into the Bundestag, of which 378 were based on government proposals, 12 on initiatives by the Bundesrat and 245 on initiatives by the Bundestag. A total of 427 laws were passed by the Bundestag during the 4th legislative period.


The 4th Bundestag had 28 standing committees.

Parliamentary control

Inquiries, current hours and surveys

In total, there were 35 major inquiries and 308 minor inquiries during the legislative period of the 4th Bundestag . There were also 2 current hours and 178 question hours .

Committees of inquiry

During the legislative period of the 4th Bundestag, there were two committees of inquiry .

1. Committee of Inquiry

On March 21, 1962, the first committee of inquiry, which is also known as the " FIBAG committee of inquiry ", was set up. Between March 28, 1962 and August 30, 1962, 21 meetings were held.

2. Committee of Inquiry

On October 23, 1963, the 2nd Committee of Inquiry, which is also known as the " Telephone wiretapping affair - Investigation Committee " was set up. 17 meetings were held between November 7, 1963 and April 21, 1964.

Special sessions

There were three special sessions during the fourth electoral term, the 68th session on March 18, 1963, the 135th session on July 29, 1964, and the 197th session on July 6, 1965.

Individual evidence

  1. German Bundestag: Plenary Protocol 04/1 (PDF file)
  2. German Bundestag: Plenary Minutes 05/1 (PDF file)
  3. German Bundestag: plenary minutes 04/198 (PDF file)
  4. ^ German Bundestag: Reichstag building in divided Germany
  5. German Bundestag: Plenary Protocol 04/2 (PDF file)