Johanna Mikl-Leitner

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Johanna Mikl-Leitner
Governor of Lower Austria
Assumed office
19 April 2017
Preceded by Erwin Pröll
Vice Governor of Lower Austria
In office
21 April 2016 – 19 April 2017
Preceded by Wolfgang Sobotka
Succeeded by Stephan Pernkopf
Regional Minister for Finance for Lower Austria
In office
21 April 2016 – 19 April 2017
Preceded by Wolfgang Sobotka
Succeeded by Ludwig Schleritzko
Minister of the Interior
In office
21 April 2011 – 21 April 2016
Chancellor Werner Faymann
Preceded by Maria Fekter
Succeeded by Wolfgang Sobotka
Regional Minister for Labour, Social Affairs and Family for Lower Austria
In office
25 April 2003 – 21 April 2011
Preceded by Franz Blochberger
Succeeded by Barbara Schwarz
Personal details
Born (1964-02-09) 9 February 1964 (age 53)
Hollabrunn, Austria
Political party Austrian People's Party
Children 2
Alma mater Vienna University of Economics
and Business

Johanna Mikl-Leitner (born (1964-02-09)February 9, 1964) is an Austrian politician (ÖVP) and since 21th April 2016 the acting Govenor of Lower Austria. From 2011 to 2016 she was Austria's Minister of the Interior.

Early life and education[edit]

Johanna Mikl-Leitner was born in Hollabrunn, Lower Austria. She grew up in Großharras, where she attended primary school from 1970 till 1974. She went to a grammar school (en-GB) / high school (en-US), which specializes in natural sciences (Realgymnasium) in Laa an der Thaya. In 1978, she switched to business school (Handelsakademie) in Laa, where she took her A-levels (Matura) in 1983. Mikl-Leitner studied Business Education at the Vienna University of Economics and Business and graduated from there with a Master of Social and Economic Sciences degree.


Mikl-Leitner taught at the business school (Handelsakademie) in Laa an der Thaya, where she had previously studied, from 1989 until 1990. After that she was a trainee at the Federation of Austrian Industries until 1993 and then worked for a publishing company until 1995. At that point she made her first steps into politics. She became the Marketing Manager for the Lower Austrian ÖVP in 1995 and their leader in 1998.


Johanna Mikl-Leitner was a member of Austria's National Council from October 29, 1999 (1999-10-29) until April 18, 2003 (2003-04-18), representing the ÖVP. On March 24, 2003 she became a member of the government (Landesrätin) of Lower Austria.

In 2010 she was elected vice president of the Assembly of European Regions.[1] After the resignation of vice chancellor and ÖVP party leader Josef Pröll, the Faymann cabinet was reshuffled and Johanna Mikl-Leitner was sworn in as Austria's Minister of the Interior on April 21, 2011.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Johanna Mikl-Leitner is married and has two daughters. She lives in Klosterneuburg, Lower Austria.


  1. ^ "VRE Wahlen 2010: Michèle Sabban als Präsidentin wiedergewählt" (in German). 2010-11-12. Archived from the original on 2013-07-19. Retrieved 2010-11-19. 
  2. ^ "Team Spindelegger angelobt" (in German). Die Presse. 2011-04-21. 

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