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
Minister-President Horst Seehofer
Preceded by Martin Ziel
Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection
In office
10 October 2009 – 30 September 2013
Chancellor Angela Merkel
Preceded by Horst Seehofer
Succeeded by Hans-Peter Friedrich (Food and Agriculture)
Heiko Maas (Justice and Consumer Protection)
Personal details
Born (1964-12-07) 7 December 1964 (age 50)
Feldkirchen-Westerham, West Germany
(now Germany)
Political party Christian Social Union
Religion Roman Catholicism

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 [1].

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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Political offices
Preceded by
Horst Seehofer
Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection
Succeeded by
Hans-Peter Friedrich
as Minister of Food and Agriculture
Succeeded by
Heiko Maas
as Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection
Preceded by
Martin Ziel
Deputy Minister-President of Bavaria
Bavarian Minister for Economic Affairs, Media, Energy and Technology