Barbara Prammer

Barbara Prammer (née Thaller; 11 January 1954 – 2 August 2014) was an Austrian politician and member of the Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPÖ). In 2006 she was the first woman to become President of the National Council of Austria, an office she held until her death.

Barbara Prammer
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Prammer in 2014
President of the National Council
In office
30 October 2006 – 2 August 2014
Preceded byAndreas Khol
Succeeded byDoris Bures
Federal Minister for Women Affairs and Consumer Protection
In office
28 January 1997 – 4 February 2000
ChancellorViktor Klima
Preceded byHelga Konrad
Succeeded byElisabeth Sickl
Personal details
Born(1954-01-11)11 January 1954
Ottnang am Hausruck,
Upper Austria
Died2 August 2014(2014-08-02) (aged 60)
Vienna, Austria
Political partySocial Democratic Party of Austria
Alma materJohannes Kepler University Linz


Prammer was born in the Upper Austrian market town of Ottnang am Hausruck, where she began her career as a local government official. From 1978 she studied sociology at the Johannes Kepler University Linz, obtaining a Magister's degree in 1986. She worked as a qualified vocational and social education worker and head of the department of women's affairs at the employment agency in Linz.

In 1990 she was elected president of the SPÖ women's organisation in Upper Austria and became deputy and vice-president of the Upper Austrian state legislature (Landtag) one year later. From 1995 until 1997 she served as a member of the Upper Austrian state government in the office of a Minister (Landesrat) for Housing and Nature Conservation.

In 1995 Prammer joined the SPÖ party executive on federal level as a vice-chair. Two years later Chancellor Viktor Klima appointed her Federal Minister for Women Affairs and Consumer Protection. A strong proponent of affirmative action in gender equality politics, she held the office until after the 1999 Austrian legislative election the Klima cabinet was succeeded by the right-wing ÖVP-FPÖ coalition government of Wolfgang Schüssel, she became vice chairwoman of the SPÖ parliamentary group (Klub) in the National Council parliament.

On 16 June 2004 Prammer was elected Vice President of the National Council and upon the 2006 legislative election succeeded Andreas Khol as President, re-elected twice in 2008 and 2013. During her term, she took a stand for parliamentary minority rights and towards the culture of remembrance concerning the Austrian Nazi past.

Though she had publicly unveiled her cancerous condition in September 2013, she announced to carry on official duties, temporarily represented by her deputy Fritz Neugebauer. Barbara Prammer died of pancreatic cancer[1] on 2 August 2014 at the age of 60.[2] A state funeral in her honour was held on 9 August, attended by Austrian President Heinz Fischer, Chancellor Werner Faymann, and Minister Gabriele Heinisch-Hosek, as well as by editors like Barbara Coudenhove-Kalergi and numerous European speakers of parliament like Norbert Lammert, Guido Westerwelle, Josip Leko, Ranko Krivokapić, Ulrike Lunacek, Katalin Szili, and Pia Locatelli. Prammer was cremated at Feuerhalle Simmering and her ashes buried in Vienna Central Cemetery.

Prammer was married (1980–2001) and had two children.



  1. ^ "Pankreas-Krebs: Selten, symptomlos und tödlich!" [Pancreatic Cancer: Rare, Without Symptoms, and Lethal!]. (in German). Vienna: AHVV Verlags GmbH. 5 August 2014. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
  2. ^ "Nationalratspräsidentin Barbara Prammer verstorben" [President of the National Council of Austria has passed away] (in German).
  3. ^ "Reply to a parliamentary question about the Decoration of Honour" (PDF) (in German). p. 1354. Retrieved 1 November 2012.
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