|Federal Minister of Economy, Family and Youth|
2 December 2008
|Prime Minister||Werner Faymann|
10 December 1955 |
|Political party||Austrian People's Party|
|Alma mater||Johannes Kepler University|
Reinhold Mitterlehner (born 10 December 1955) is an Austrian politician, who has been serving as the federal minister of economy, family and youth since 2 December 2008.
Early life and education
Mitterlehner was born in Helfenberg, Upper Austria, on 10 December 1955. He holds a PhD in law, which he received from Johannes Kepler University in Linz in 1980. He then attended a post-graduate course in association management in Fribourg.
From 1980 to 1992 Mitterlehner worked at the Upper Austrian economic chamber, where he assumed various posts, including the head of the marketing department. From 1992 to 2000 he served as the secretary general of the Austrian economic league in Vienna. In 2000 he was named deputy secretary general of the Austrian federal economic chamber (WKO) and was in office until 2008. In addition, he was a local politician in Ahorn from 1991 to 1997. He is a member of the People's Party. He was elected to the Austrian parliament on 8 February 2000. He was appointed party chairman for the district of Rohrbach in May 2002.
On 2 December 2008, Mitterlehner was appointed federal minister of economy, family and youth to the coalition government led by Prime Minister Werner Faymann. In 2008, he was also named vice president of the Austrian Energy Agency.
Mitterlehner was one of the leading candidates to succeed Josef Pröll who left the leadership of the party in April 2011. Since 2011 he has been deputy federal chairman of the People’s Party and deputy chairman of the Industrial Science Institute.
Mitterlehner is married and has three daughters.
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