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|President of the National Council|
20 December 2002 – 30 October 2006
|Preceded by||Heinz Fischer|
|Succeeded by||Barbara Prammer|
14 July 1941 |
Bergen auf Rügen, Germany
|Political party||People's Party|
|Alma mater||University of Innsbruck
University of Vienna
Andreas Khol was raised in the town of Sterzing in South Tyrol, Italy, but his family eventually relocated to Innsbruck, Austria, where Khol attended school (Akademisches Gymnasium Innsbruck) and served as a Boy Scout. Trained as a lawyer, Andreas Khol achieved a habilitation in constitutional law as a student of Felix Ermacora. One of the most senior politicians of his party, he held the position of the first president of the National Council of Austria between 2002 and 2006. Along with former chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel, he holds considerable power within the Austrian People's Party. Andreas Khol assumed the post of head of the Senior Citizens Organisation in the Austrian People's Party. He resigned from the post after he accepted the nomination to stand as candidate for the post of Federal President in 2016. He immediately challenged the government's open door policy on accepting refugees and managed to bring about a U-turn both in his Party and the Government.
Khol is proficient in English and French and is Editor of an annual political science book called the Austrian Politics Yearbook.
A member of A.V. Raeto-Bavaria Innsbruck, a Catholic fraternity that belongs to the Cartellverband, Andreas Khol is known to be religious and has often voiced conservative opinions on social policy. He represents the Catholic-conservative wing of his party. His youngest son Julian is an internationally-known male model and married with German TV host Nazan Eckes. Andreas Khol has six children, three boys and three girls and 15 grandchildren.
Honours and awards
- 1992 - Austria : Grand Decoration of Honour in Silver of the Order of Merit of the Austrian Republic
- 1998 - Austria : Grand Decoration of Honour in Gold with Star Order of Merit of the Austrian Republic
- France : Officer of the Legion of Honour
- "Who is who in the Austrian Parliament". Dr. Andreas Khol (in German). Republic of Austria. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
- Philipp Lehar (2009). "100 Jahre Pfadfinder in Österreich.Ein Grund für einen optimistischen Blick in die Zukunft". Pfeifzeichen-Das Magazin von Pfadfindern, für Pfadfinder (in German) (Pfadfindergruppe Wattens) 25: 39.
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