Maria Fekter

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Maria Fekter
Maria Theresia Fekter - World Economic Forum on Europe 2011.jpg
Minister of Finance
In office
21 April 2011 – 16 December 2013
Chancellor Werner Faymann
Preceded by Josef Pröll
Succeeded by Michael Spindelegger
Minister of the Interior
In office
1 July 2008 – 21 April 2011
Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer
Werner Faymann
Preceded by Günther Platter
Succeeded by Johanna Mikl-Leitner
Personal details
Born (1956-02-01) 1 February 1956 (age 61)
Attnang-Puchheim, Austria
Political party Austrian People's Party
Alma mater Johannes Kepler University Linz

Maria Theresia Fekter is an Austrian politician (ÖVP) and was the Austrian Minister of Finance between 2011 and 2013. Before that, she was Minister of the Interior.[1][2]

On 27 June 2008, it was announced by her party that she was to be appointed as the new Interior Minister in the Gusenbauer cabinet, following Günther Platter, who became the new Governor of Tyrol. During her career as Interior Minister, she became known as a hardliner, especially when it came to immigration and asylum policies, earning her the unofficial title of an Austrian "Iron Lady".

Because her family made a fortune producing gravel Fekter is often referred to as "Schottermitzi"[3] (roughly translates to "Gravel Mary"; 'Mitzi' is the colloquial nickname form of Mary in Viennese dialect).


  • Doctor of Law, Johannes Kepler University Linz (1979)
  • Magistra rerum socialium oeconomicarumque, Johannes Kepler University Linz (1982)
  • Engagement in her parents' gravel pit and carrying business (1982—), managing partner (1986—)
  • Municipal councillor in Attnang-Puchheim (1986–1990)
  • Member of the executive committee (Präsidium) of the Österreichischer Wirtschaftsbund (entrepreneurs' organization of the Austrian People's Party) (1990–2002)
  • State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs (1990–1994)
  • Member of the National Council (Parliament) (1994–2007)
  • Ombudsman (Volksanwältin) (2007–2008)
  • Federal Minister of the Interior (2008-2011)
  • Federal Minister of Finance (2011—2013)

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Political offices
Preceded by
Günther Platter
Minister of the Interior
Succeeded by
Johanna Mikl-Leitner
Preceded by
Josef Pröll
Minister of Finance
Succeeded by
Michael Spindelegger