Fischer, Heinz

Heinz Fischer

b. 9 Oct 1938 Graz, Steiermark

Title: Bundespräsident (Federal President)
Term: 8 Jul 2004 - 8 Jul 2010
Chronology: 25 Apr 2004, elected by direct popular voting [1]
  8 Jul 2004, took an oath of office as Federal President, inaugural ceremony, session of the Bundesversammlung (Federal Assembly), Großer Sitzungssaal des Parlaments, Parlamentsgebäude, Vienna [2]
  8 Jul 2010, expiration of term
Term: 8 Jul 2010 -
Chronology: 25 Apr 2010, elected by direct popular voting [3]
  8 Jul 2010, took an oath of office as Federal President, inaugural ceremony, session of the Bundesversammlung (Federal Assembly), Großer Sitzungssaal des Parlaments, Parlamentsgebäude, Vienna [4]
Biography:
Attended school (1944-1948) and gymnasium in Vienna (1948-1956); studied law and state management in the University of Vienna (1956-1961); earned doctorate in law (1961); law practice in the Club of Socialist members of the Austrian parliament (1962-1963); secretary of the Club of Socialist members of parliament (1963-1975); elected a member of the Nationalrat (1971-1983, 1987-2004), representing the electoral district of Vienna; executive chairman of the Club of Socialist members of parliament (1975-1983); from 1979 to 2004 served as deputy chairman of the Socialist Party (Sozialistische Partei Österreichs; from 1991 Sozialdemokratische Partei Österreichs); appointed federal minister for science and research (24 May 1983 - 21 Jan 1987) in the Cabinets of Fred Sinowatz and Franz Vranitzky; chairman of the Club of Socialist members of parliament (1987-1990); elected President of the Nationalrat (5 Nov 1990 - 20 Dec 2002); president of the fifteenth Bundesversammlung (8 Jul 1998); Second President of the Nationalrat (20 Dec 2002 - 16 Jun 2004); elected Bundespräsident (25 Apr 2004).
Biographical sources: Österreich-Lexikon (web site).
Elections:

Candidate Popular vote (25 Apr 2004)
Heinz Fischer 2,166,690
Benita Ferrero-Waldner 1,969,326
invalid votes 182,423
total number of votes cast 4,318,439

Candidate Popular vote (25 Apr 2010)
Heinz Fischer 2,508,373
Barbara Rosenkranz, geb. Schörghofer 481,923
Rudolf Gehring 171,668
invalid votes 242,682
total number of votes cast 3,404,646
Source of electoral results: "Bundespräsidentenwahl vom 25. April 2004" (Bundesministerium für Inneres, 2004) ; Kundmachung über das Ergebnis der Bundespräsidentenwahl am 25. April 2010 (web site)

[1] "Bundespräsidentenwahl vom 25. April 2004" (Bundesministerium für Inneres, 2004)
[2] Stenographisches Protokoll, 16. Bundesversammlung der Republik Österreich, Donnerstag, 8. Juli 2004 (Vienna: Parlamentsdirektion, 2004) (web site)
[3] Kundmachung über das Ergebnis der Bundespräsidentenwahl am 25. April 2010 (web site)
[4] Stenographisches Protokoll, 17. Bundesversammlung der Republik Österreich, Donnerstag, 8. Juli 2010 (Vienna: Parlamentsdirektion, 2010) (web site)
Last updated on: 28 Sep 2011 06:52:34