Johanna Mikl-Leitner

Johanna Mikl-Leitner
Vice Governor of Lower Austria
Assumed office
21 April 2016
Preceded by Wolfgang Sobotka
Regional Minister for Finance for Lower Austria
Assumed office
21 April 2016
Preceded by Wolfgang Sobotka
Minister of the Interior
In office
21 April 2011  21 April 2016
Chancellor Werner Faymann
Preceded by Maria Fekter
Succeeded by Wolfgang Sobotka
Regional Minister for Labour, Social Affairs and Family for Lower Austria
In office
25 April 2003  21 April 2011
Preceded by Franz Blochberger
Succeeded by Barbara Schwarz
Personal details
Born (1964-02-09) 9 February 1964
Hollabrunn, Austria
Political party Austrian People's Party
Children 2
Alma mater Vienna University of Economics
and Business

Johanna Mikl-Leitner (born February 9, 1964) is an Austrian politician of the ÖVP. Between 2003 and 2011 and again since 2016 she has been a member of the government (Landesrätin) of Lower Austria and between 2011 and 2016 she was Austria's Minister of the Interior.

Early life and education

Johanna Mikl-Leitner was born in Hollabrunn, Lower Austria. She grew up in Großharras, where she attended primary school from 1970 till 1974. She went to a grammar school (en-GB) / high school (en-US), which specializes in natural sciences (Realgymnasium) in Laa an der Thaya. In 1978, she switched to business school (Handelsakademie) in Laa, where she took her A-levels (Matura) in 1983. Mikl-Leitner studied Business Education at the Vienna University of Economics and Business and graduated from there with a Master of Social and Economic Sciences degree.


Mikl-Leitner taught at the business school (Handelsakademie) in Laa an der Thaya, where she had previously studied, from 1989 until 1990. After that she was a trainee at the Federation of Austrian Industries until 1993 and then worked for a publishing company until 1995. At that point she made her first steps into politics. She became the Marketing Manager for the Lower Austrian ÖVP in 1995 and their leader in 1998.


Johanna Mikl-Leitner was a member of Austria's National Council from October 29, 1999 until April 18, 2003, representing the ÖVP. On March 24, 2003 she became a member of the government (Landesrätin) of Lower Austria.

In 2010 she was elected vice president of the Assembly of European Regions.[1] After the resignation of vice chancellor and ÖVP party leader Josef Pröll, the Faymann cabinet was reshuffled and Johanna Mikl-Leitner was sworn in as Austria's Minister of the Interior on April 21, 2011.[2]

Personal life

Johanna Mikl-Leitner is married and has two daughters. She currently (2011) lives in Klosterneuburg, Lower Austria.


  1. "VRE Wahlen 2010: Michèle Sabban als Präsidentin wiedergewählt" (in German). 2010-11-12. Retrieved 2010-11-19.
  2. "Team Spindelegger angelobt" (in German). Die Presse. 2011-04-21.
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Political offices
Preceded by
Maria Fekter
Minister of the Interior
Succeeded by
Wolfgang Sobotka
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