Ilse Aigner

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Ilse Aigner
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Deputy Minister-President of Bavaria
Bavarian Minister for Economic Affairs, Media, Energy and Technology.
Assumed office
10 October 2013
Preceded by Martin Ziel
Federal Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection
In office
10 October 2009 – 30 September 2013
Preceded by Horst Seehofer
Succeeded by Heiko Maas (Consumer Protection)
Hans-Peter Friedrich (Food and Agriculture)
Personal details
Born (1964-12-07) December 7, 1964 (age 49)
Feldkirchen-Westerham, Germany
Nationality Germany German
Political party Christian Social Union of Bavaria (CSU)
Religion Roman Catholic

Ilse Aigner (born 7 December 1964) is a German politician and member of the Christian Social Union of Bavaria (CSU).

Aigner was born in Feldkirchen-Westerham, Rosenheim, Bavaria and entered Angela Merkel's grand coalition cabinet as Federal Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection on 31 October 2008. She succeeded Horst Seehofer who had become minister president of Bavaria. She left her position on 30 September 2013 after being elected as a member of the Bavarian parliament. Since 10 October 2013 she is Deputy Minister-President of Bavaria and Bavarian Minister of Economic Affairs; and Media, Energy and Technology.

Education and professional background[edit]

Aigner completed a professional training as a telecommunications technician in 1985 and joined the electrical installation business of her parents. In 1990 she graduated from the technical academy with the degree of a State Certified Engineer and worked for several years for Eurocopter in the development of helicopter electric systems.


Aigner was elected first in 1994 to the Bavarian State Parliament. Since 1998 she is a member of the German Bundestag, winning always an absolute majority of the votes in her electoral district. Aigner has been outspoken in her criticisms of Facebook. She feels that Facebook needs to do more with its settings to protect its users' privacy.[citation needed]

Election results for the Bundestag
Year Electoral


Votes for Aigner Votes for opposing

Candidate (SPD)

1998 Starnberg 57,0% 26,2%
2002 Starnberg 63,5% 21,9%
2005 Starnberg 59,7% 22,0%
2009 Starnberg 54,0% 15,8%


For years, Ilse Aigner has been fighting for higher privacy standards in Facebook and other social networks.[1] In September 2011, Aigner asked all federal ministers in Germany not to use Facebook for public relations and communication.


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