German chancellor from March 1930 to May 1932. Held office at a fateful period in history for Germany and the world and subsequently relapsed into obscurity. He entered the Reichstag in 1924, becoming spokesman for the Catholic Centre Party and, in 1929, the party's parliamentary leader. With the breakup of the coalition government under Hermann Muller, Bruning became chancellor. In 1932 he attemptd to secure a prolongation of Pres. Paul Hindenburg's term of office, but Hitler quashed the attempt and forced an election. Bruning had to appeal to the left in his campaign for Hindenburg, who, on winning the election, dismissed his chancellor. Bruning retired from political life a and left Germany in 1934.