At one point, Frank Lortz was supposed to move into the front row of politics. President of the State Parliament. More money, more prestige, more employees, a company limousine and a driver. But Lortz turned it down when Volker Bouffier, the then Prime Minister, made him the offer. Some say: Lortz just didn't feel like it. He had already been in parliament for 36 years, on first-name terms with everyone, valued for his friendly approach and feared for the moments when he would knock over a table. Lortz was already Lortz, he didn't need a promotion.