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Vice-Chancellor of Austria

In Austrian politics, the Vice-Chancellor (German: Vizekanzler) is a member of the Federal Government acting as a deputy to the Federal Chancellor.

Vice-Chancellor of the
Republic of Austria
Austria Bundesadler.svg
Justizminister Wolfgang Brandstetter.jpg
Incumbent
Wolfgang Brandstetter

since 17 May 2017
Appointer President of Austria
Inaugural holder Jodok Fink
Formation 15 March 1919

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Description of the officeEdit

Art. 69(2) of the Constitution of Austria states:

The Vice-Chancellor stands in for the Federal Chancellor in his complete field of functions. If both Federal Chancellor and Vice Chancellor are hindered, the Federal President appoints a member of the government to represent the Federal Chancellor.

In practice, the Vice-Chancellor is normally the leading member of the junior party within the current coalition government, frequently the party chairman. If only one party is represented in the government, the Vice Chancellor is often the Chancellor's presumed successor.

List of officeholders (1919–present)Edit

Vice-Chancellors of the First Austrian Republic (1919–1934)Edit

Portrait Vice-Chancellor
(Birth–Death)
Term of Office Party
1   Jodok Fink
(1853–1929)
15 March 1919 26 March 1920 Christian Social Party
2   Ferdinand Hanusch
(1866–1926)
7 July 1920 22 October 1920 Social Democratic Workers' Party
3   Eduard Heinl
(1880–1957)
22 October 1920 20 November 1920 Christian Social Party
4   Walter Breisky
(1871–1944)
20 November 1920 30 May 1922 Christian Social Party
5   Felix Frank
(1876–1957)
31 May 1922 20 November 1924 Greater German People's Party
6   Leopold Waber
(1875–1945)
20 November 1924 20 October 1926 Greater German People's Party
7   Franz Dinghofer
(1873–1956)
20 October 1926 19 May 1927 Greater German People's Party
8   Karl Hartleb
(1886–1965)
19 May 1927 4 May 1929 Landbund
9   Vinzenz Schumy
(1878–1962)
4 May 1929 26 September 1929 Landbund
10   Carl Vaugoin
(1873–1949)
26 September 1929 30 September 1930 Christian Social Party
11   Richard Schmitz
(1885–1954)
30 September 1930 4 December 1930 Christian Social Party
12   Johann Schober
(1874–1932)
4 December 1930 29 January 1932 Non-partisan
(Beamter)
13   Franz Winkler
(1890–1965)
29 January 1932 21 September 1933 Landbund
14   Emil Fey
(1886–1938)
21 September 1933 1 May 1934 Heimatblock

Vice-Chancellors of the Federal State of Austria (1934–1938)Edit

Portrait Vice-Chancellor
(Birth–Death)
Term of Office Party
15   Ernst Rüdiger Starhemberg
(1899–1956)
1 May 1934 14 May 1936 Heimatblock
16   Eduard Baar-Baarenfels
(1885–1967)
14 May 1936 3 November 1936 Heimatblock
17   Ludwig Hülgerth
(1875–1939)
3 November 1936 11 March 1938 Fatherland Front
18   Edmund Glaise-Horstenau
(1882–1946)
11 March 1938 13 March 1938 National Socialist German Workers' Party
Austria annexed by Nazi Germany in 1938. Independence restored in 1945.

Vice-Chancellors of the Second Austrian Republic (1945–present)Edit

Portrait Vice-Chancellor
(Birth–Death)
Term of Office Party
19   Adolf Schärf
(1890–1965)
20 December 1945 22 May 1957 Socialist Party
20   Bruno Pittermann
(1905–1983)
22 May 1957 19 April 1966 Socialist Party
21   Fritz Bock
(1911–1993)
19 April 1966 19 January 1968 Austrian People's Party
22   Hermann Withalm
(1912–2003)
19 January 1968 21 April 1970 Austrian People's Party
23   Rudolf Häuser
(1909–2000)
21 April 1970 30 September 1976 Socialist Party
24   Hannes Androsch
(1938–)
1 October 1976 20 January 1981 Socialist Party
25   Fred Sinowatz
(1929–2008)
20 January 1981 24 May 1983 Socialist Party
26   Norbert Steger
(1944–)
24 May 1983 21 January 1987 Freedom Party of Austria
27   Alois Mock
(1934–2017)
21 January 1987 24 April 1989 Austrian People's Party
28   Josef Riegler
(1938–)
24 April 1989 2 July 1991 Austrian People's Party
29   Erhard Busek
(1941–)
2 July 1991 4 May 1995 Austrian People's Party
30   Wolfgang Schüssel
(1945–)
4 May 1995 4 February 2000 Austrian People's Party
31   Susanne Riess-Passer
(1961–)
4 February 2000 28 February 2003 Freedom Party of Austria
32   Herbert Haupt
(1947–)
28 February 2003 21 October 2003 Freedom Party of Austria
33   Hubert Gorbach
(1956–)
21 October 2003 11 January 2007 Freedom Party of Austria
(33) Alliance for the Future of Austria
34   Wilhelm Molterer
(1955–)
11 January 2007 2 December 2008 Austrian People's Party
35   Josef Pröll
(1968–)
2 December 2008 21 April 2011 Austrian People's Party
36   Michael Spindelegger
(1959–)
21 April 2011 1 September 2014 Austrian People's Party
37   Reinhold Mitterlehner
(1955–)
1 September 2014 17 May 2017 Austrian People's Party
38   Wolfgang Brandstetter
(1957–)
17 May 2017 Incumbent Austrian People's Party

See alsoEdit