Leaders of Austria
(Republic of Austria)
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Look for biographies of the leaders (in Spanish) at CIDOB website. See also the detailed page on Austrian Governments since 1945 to know more about the ruling parties. A set of lists of heads of the Austrian states is available at Rulers.

Parties: BZÍ: Alliance for the future of Austria FPÍ: Freedom Party of Austria LIF: Liberal Forum ÍVP: Austrian People's Party SPÍ: Social Democratic Party of Austria


Federal Presidents
Karl Renner              27 Apr 1945 - 31 Dec 1950 (+1950) SPÍ (1)      
Leopold Figl             31 Dec 1950 - 21 Jun 1951 (+1965) ÍVP (acting) 
Theodor K÷rner           21 Jun 1951 -  4 Jan 1957 (+1957) SPÍ 
Julius Raab               4 Jan 1957 - 22 May 1957 (+1964) ÍVP (acting) 
Adolf Schńrf             22 May 1957 - 28 Feb 1965 (+1965) SPÍ 
Josef Klaus              28 Feb 1965 -  9 Jun 1965 (+2001) ÍVP (acting) 
Franz Joseph Jonas        9 Jun 1965 - 24 Apr 1974 (+1974) SPÍ 
Bruno Kreisky            24 Apr 1974 -  8 Jul 1974 (+1990) SPÍ (acting)
Rudolf Kirchschlńger      8 Jul 1974 -  8 Jul 1986 (+2000) SPÍ 
Kurt Josef Waldheim       8 Jul 1986 -  8 Jul 1992 (+2007) ÍVP 
Thomas Klestil            8 Jul 1992 -  6 Jul 2004 (+2004) ÍVP 
Andreas Khol              6 Jul 2004 -  8 Jul 2004         ÍVP (acting)
Heinz Fischer             8 Jul 2004 -  8 Jul 2016         SPÍ
 --Pres. Committee --     8 Jul 2016 - 26 Jan 2017         (2) (acting)
Alexander Van der Bellen 26 Jan 2017 -                     n/p

(1) Head of the Provisional Government to 20 Dec 1945. 27 Apr 1945 was the day the Republic of Austria was proclaimed; the formal installation of the Republic was on 29 Apr 1945; full Constitutional restoration on 13 May 1945, retroactive to 1 May 1945.
(2) Acting presidential Committee made by three joint presidents: Doris Bures (President of the National Council, SPÍ), Karlheinz Kopf (2nd President of the National Council, ÍVP) and Norbert Hofer (3rd President of the National Council, FPÍ)

Federal Chancellors
Karl Renner            29 Apr 1945 - 20 Dec 1945 (+1950) SPÍ
Leopold Figl           20 Dec 1945 -  2 Apr 1953 (+1965) ÍVP 
Julius Raab             2 Apr 1953 - 11 Apr 1961 (+1964) ÍVP 
Alfons Gorbach         11 Apr 1961 -  2 Apr 1964 (+1972) ÍVP 
Josef Klaus             2 Apr 1964 - 21 Apr 1970 (+2001) ÍVP 
Bruno Kreisky          21 Apr 1970 - 24 May 1983 (+1990) SPÍ
Fred Sinowatz          24 May 1983 - 16 Jun 1986 (+2008) SPÍ
Franz Vranitzky        16 Jun 1986 - 28 Jan 1997         SPÍ
Viktor Klima           28 Jan 1997 -  4 Feb 2000         SPÍ
Wolfgang SchŘssel       4 Feb 2000 - 11 Jan 2007         ÍVP 
Alfred Gusenbauer      11 Jan 2007 -  2 Dec 2008         SPÍ
Werner Faymann          2 Dec 2008 -  9 May 2016         SPÍ
Reinhold Mitterlehner   9 May 2016 - 17 May 2016         ÍVP (acting)
Christian Kern         17 May 2016 -                     SPÍ

Federal Vice Chancellors
Adolf Schńrf           20 Dec 1945 - 22 May 1957 (+1965) SPÍ
Bruno Pittermann       22 May 1957 - 19 Apr 1966 (+1983) SPÍ 
Fritz Bock             19 Apr 1966 - 19 Jan 1968 (+1993) ÍVP 
Hermann Withalm        19 Jan 1968 - 21 Apr 1970 (+2003) ÍVP
Rudolf Hńuser          21 Apr 1970 - 30 Sep 1976 (+2000) SPÍ
Hannes Androsch         1 Oct 1976 - 20 Jan 1981         SPÍ 
Fred Sinowatz          20 Jan 1981 - 24 May 1983 (+2008) SPÍ 
Norbert Steger         24 May 1983 - 21 Jan 1987         FPÍ 
Alois Mock             21 Jan 1987 - 24 Apr 1989 (+2017) ÍVP 
Josef Riegler          24 Apr 1989 -  2 Jul 1991         ÍVP 
Erhard Busek            2 Jul 1991 -  4 May 1995         ÍVP 
Wolfgang SchŘssel       4 May 1995 -  4 Feb 2000         ÍVP 
Susanne Riess-Passer    4 Feb 2000 - 28 Feb 2003         FPÍ 
Herbert Haupt          28 Feb 2003 - 21 Oct 2003         FPÍ 
Hubert Gorbach         21 Oct 2003 - 11 Jan 2007         FPÍ, BZÍ 
Wilhelm Molterer       11 Jan 2007 -  2 Dec 2008         ÍVP
Josef Pr÷ll             2 Dec 2008 - 21 Apr 2011         ÍVP
Michael Spindelegger   21 Apr 2011 -  1 Sep 2014         ÍVP
Reinhold Mitterlehner   1 Sep 2014 - 17 May 2017         ÍVP
Wolfgang Brandstetter  17 May 2017 -                     ÍVP 

Presidents of the Nationalrat
Leopold Kunschak       19 Dec 1945 - 13 Mar 1953 (+1953) ÍVP 
Felix Hurdes           18 Mar 1953 -  9 Jun 1959 (+1974) ÍVP
Leopold Figl            9 Jun 1959 -  5 Feb 1962 (+1965) ÍVP 
Alfred Maleta          14 Feb 1962 - 31 Mar 1970 (+1990) ÍVP
Karl Waldbrunner       31 Mar 1970 -  4 Nov 1971 (+1980) SPÍ
Anton Benya             4 Nov 1971 - 17 Dec 1986 (+2001) SPÍ
Leopold Gratz          17 Dec 1986 - 23 Feb 1989 (+2006) SPÍ 
Rudolf P÷der           28 Feb 1989 -  5 Nov 1990 (+2013) SPÍ
Heinz Fischer           5 Nov 1990 - 20 Dec 2002         SPÍ
Andreas Khol           20 Dec 2002 - 30 Oct 2006         ÍVP  
Barbara Prammer        30 Oct 2006 -  2 Aug 2014 (+2014) SPÍ
Karlheinz Kopf          2 Aug 2014 -  2 Sep 2014         ÍVP (acting)
Doris Bures             2 Sep 2014 -                     SPÍ

Ministers of Foreign Affairs
Karl Gruber            26 Sep 1945 - 26 Nov 1953 (+1995) ÍVP
Leopold Figl           26 Nov 1953 - 10 Jun 1959 (+1965) ÍVP 
Julius Raab            10 Jun 1959 - 16 Jul 1959 (+1964) ÍVP
Bruno Kreisky          16 Jul 1959 - 19 Apr 1966 (+1990) SPÍ 
Lujo Toncic-Sorinj     19 Apr 1966 - 19 Jan 1968 (+2005) ÍVP 
Kurt Waldheim          19 Jan 1968 - 21 Apr 1970 (+2007) ÍVP
Rudolf Kirchschlńger   21 Apr 1970 - 23 Jun 1974 (+2000) SPÍ 
Erich Bielka-Karltreu  23 Jun 1974 - 30 Sep 1976 (+1992) SPÍ
Willibald Pahr          1 Oct 1976 - 24 May 1983         SPÍ 
Erwin Lanc             24 May 1983 - 10 Sep 1984         SPÍ 
Leopold Gratz          10 Sep 1984 - 16 Jun 1986 (+2006) SPÍ 
Peter Jankowitsch      16 Jun 1986 - 21 Jan 1987         SPÍ 
Alois Mock             21 Jan 1987 -  4 May 1995 (+2017) ÍVP 
Wolfgang SchŘssel       4 May 1995 -  4 Feb 2000         ÍVP 
Benita Ferrero-Waldner  4 Feb 2000 - 20 Oct 2004         ÍVP 
Ursula Plassnik        20 Oct 2004 -  2 Dec 2008         ÍVP   
Michael Spindelegger    2 Dec 2008 - 16 Dec 2013         ÍVP
Sebastian Kurz         16 Dec 2013 -                     ÍVP 

(List courtesy of Ben Schemmel).
Ministers of Finance
Georg Zimmermann       27 Apr 1945 -  8 Nov 1949 (+1958) n/p
Eugen MargarÚtha        8 Nov 1949 - 23 Jan 1952 (+1963) ÍVP
Reinhard Kamitz        23 Jan 1952 - 17 Jun 1960 (+1993) ÍVP
Eduard Heilingsetzer   17 Jun 1960 - 11 Apr 1961 (+1997) ÍVP
Josef Klaus            11 Apr 1961 - 27 Mar 1963 (+2001) ÍVP
Franz Korinek          27 Mar 1963 -  2 Apr 1964 (+1985) ÍVP
Wolfgang Schmitz        2 Apr 1964 - 19 Jan 1968 (+2008) ÍVP
Stephan Koren          19 Jan 1968 - 21 Apr 1970 (+1988) ÍVP
Hannes Androsch        21 Apr 1970 - 20 Jan 1981         SPÍ
Herbert Salcher        20 Jan 1981 - 10 Sep 1984         SPÍ  
Franz Vranitzky        10 Sep 1984 - 16 Jun 1986         SPÍ 
Ferdinand Lacina       16 Jun 1986 -  6 Apr 1995         SPÍ 
Andreas Staribacher     6 Apr 1995 -  3 Jan 1996         SPÍ 
Viktor Klima            3 Jan 1996 - 28 Jan 1997         SPÍ  
Rudolf Edlinger        28 Jan 1997 -  4 Feb 2000         SPÍ 
Karl-Heinz Grasser      4 Feb 2000 - 11 Jan 2007         FPÍ, n/p
Wilhelm Molterer       11 Jan 2007 -  2 Dec 2008         ÍVP
Josef Pr÷ll             2 Dec 2008 - 21 Apr 2011         ÍVP
Maria Fekter           21 Apr 2011 - 16 Dec 2013         ÍVP
Michael Spindelegger   16 Dec 2013 -  1 Sep 2014         ÍVP
Hans J÷rg Schelling     1 Sep 2014 -                     ÍVP

(List courtesy of Ben Schemmel).
Chairmen of SPÍ
Adolf Schńrf            1945-1957 (+1965) 
Bruno Pittermann        1957-1967 (+1983) 
Bruno Kreisky           1967-1983 (+1990) 
Alfred (Fred) Sinowatz  1983-1988 (+2008)        
Franz Vranitzky         1988-1997         
Viktor Klima            1997-2000         
Alfred Gusenbauer       2000-2008
Werner Faymann          2008-2016
Michael Hńupl           2016              (acting)	
Christian Kern          2016-    

Founded on 14 Apr 1945 as Socialist Party of Austria (SPÍ); renamed to Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPÍ) on 15 Jun 1991.
Chairmen of ÍVP
Leopold Kunschak        1945      (+1953)        
Leopold Figl            1945-1952 (+1965) 
Julius Raab             1952-1960 (+1964) 
Alfons Gorbach          1960-1963 (+1972) 
Josef Klaus             1963-1970 (+2001) 
Hermann Withalm         1970-1971 (+2003) 
Karl Schleinzer         1971-1975 (+1975)
Josef Taus              1975-1979         
Alois Mock              1979-1989 (+2017)       
Josef Riegler           1989-1991         
Erhard Busek            1991-1995         
Wolfgang SchŘssel       1995-2007        
Wilhelm Molterer        2007-2008 
Josef Pr÷ll             2008-2011
Michael Spindelegger    2011-2014
Reinhold Mitterlehner   2014-2017
Sebastian Kurz          2017-             

Founded on 17 Apr 1945.
Chairmen of FPÍ
Anton Reinthaller       1956-1958 (+1958)
Friedrich Peter         1958-1978 (+2005)
Alexander G÷tz          1978-1979
Norbert Steger          1980-1986         
J÷rg Haider             1986-2000 (+2008)
Susanne Riess-Passer    2000-2002         
Herbert Scheibner       2002              (acting)
Mathias Reichhold       2002              
Herbert Haupt           2002-2004         
Ursula Haubner          2004-2005         
Hilmar Kabas            2005              (interim)
Heinz-Christian Strache 2005-             

Founded on 7 Apr 1956. (List courtesy of Esther Lajta).
Chairmen of BZÍ
J÷rg Haider             2005-2006 (+2008)
Peter Westenthaler      2006-2008 
J÷rg Haider             2008-2008 (+2008)
Stefan Petzner          2008              (interim) 
Herbert Scheibner       2008-2009         (interim)
Josef Bucher            2009-2013
Gerald Grosz            2013-2015
Johanna Trodt-Limpl     2015-

Founded by splinters of FPÍ (J. Haider and supporters) on 4 Apr 2005.
Chairmen of LIF
Heide Schmidt              1993-2000     
Christian K÷ck             2000
Friedhelm Frischenschlager 2000-2001 (interim)
Alexander Zach             2001-2008
Heide Schmidt              2008      (interim) 
Werner Becher              2008-2009    
Angelika Mlinar            2009-

Founded by splinters of FPÍ on 4 Feb 1993.
Leaders of The Greens/Die GrŘnen
Co-general secretaries
Werner Haslauer + 
Manfred Stadlmann         1987-1988 (*)
Johannes Voggenhuber + 
Pius Strobl               1988-1990
Franz Floss + 
Franz Renkin              1990-1992

Speakers of the federal party
Peter Pilz                1992-1994
Madeleine Petrovic        1994-1996         
Christoph Chorherr        1996-1997
Alexander Van der Bellen  1997-2008
Eva Glawischnig-Piesczek  2008-     (acting to 2009)

Founded on 15 Feb 1987 as the Green Alternative; renamed to The Greens-Green Alternative on 23 Jun 1993. (*) Stadlmann resigned in 1987 before completing its tenure. (List courtesy of Jennyfer Kickert)

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