|Assumed office |
June 16, 2015
|Preceded by||Franz Voves|
|Born||29 February 1952|
Hermann Schützenhöfer (pronounced [ˈhɛʁman ˈʃʏtsn̩ˌhøːfɐ]; born February 29, 1952 in Edlitz, Lower Austria) is governor of the Austrian Federal State of Styria (Steiermark) and chairman of the Styrian People's Party (STVP/ÖVP) since 2006.
Schützenhöfer grew up in Edlitz in Lower Austria. After compulsory school Schützenhöfer - together with his family - moved to Styria and completed the „polytechnic“ school in Kirchbach in der Steiermark. There he also completed an apprenticeship in a grocery store and wrote articles as a local journalist for the Kleine Zeitung, the Sonntagspost and the Styrian youth magazine Horizont (= "Horizon" - an media organ of the Junge Volkspartei). Schützenhöfer then entered politics in 1970 and became director of the Styrian Young People's Party (JVP) and in 1976 chairman of JVP Styria. In 1978 he acted as director of the ÖAAB (= Workers Union of the People's Party) in Styria. In 2006 he succeeded former governor Waltraut Klasnic as party leader and acted as vice governor until June 2015 when Schützenhöfer finally became Styrian governor – even though the STVP again had fallen behind the Socialist Party SPÖ.
Schützenhöfers most ambitious project was to reshape the structure administration within Styria ("Gemeindestrukturreform") which significantly reduced the numbers of communities and districts. This reform gained much approval but also set off a major controversy. He played a significant role in the process of renewing the Austrian People's Party which also lead to the party leadership of Sebastian Kurz.
- "The State of Styria, entry to Hermann Schützenhöfer". October 18, 2018.
- "Das Land Steiermark - Gemeindestrukturreform". October 19, 2018.
- "Schützenhöfer - Einige in Wien hoffen, dass wir auf die Nase fallen". Der Standard. March 10, 2015.
- "Alle werden sich bemühen, dass Kurz übernimmt". Die Presse. May 10, 2017.