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Maria Fekter

Interior Minister of Austria
Assumed office 
1 July 2008
Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer
Werner Faymann
Preceded by Günther Platter

Born February 1, 1956 (1956-02-01) (age 53)
Attnang-Puchheim, Upper Austria
Political party ÖVP
Profession entrepreneur, politician

Maria Theresia Fekter is an Austrian politician (ÖVP) and since July 1, 2008 Austrian Interior Minister.

On 27 June 2008, it was announced by her party that she is to be appointed as the new Interior Minister in the Gusenbauer cabinet, following Günther Platter, who became the new Governor of Tyrol.

Because her family made a fortune producing gravel she is often referred to as "Schottermitzi" ("Gravel Mary"). In January 2010 she showed practised humanity by proposing to block up people who come to Austria to ask for asylum. She is a perfect example, that intelligence is not a prerequisite to take public office in Austria.


  • Doctor of Law, Linz University (1979)
  • Magistra rerum socialium oeconomicarumque, Linz University (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—)
Political offices
Preceded by
Günther Platter
Interior Minister of Austria
2008– present


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