Johanna Mikl-Leitner
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Governor of Lower Austria
Assumed office
19 April 2017
DeputyStephan Pernkopf (ÖVP)
Franz Schnabl (SPÖ)
Preceded byErwin Pröll
Deputy Governor of Lower Austria
In office
21 April 2016 – 19 April 2017
GovernorErwin Pröll
Preceded byWolfgang Sobotka
Succeeded byStephan Pernkopf
Councilor for Finances of Lower Austria
In office
21 April 2016 – 19 April 2017
GovernorErwin Pröll
Preceded byWolfgang Sobotka
Succeeded byLudwig Schleritzko
Minister of the Interior
In office
21 April 2011 – 21 April 2016
ChancellorWerner Faymann
Preceded byMaria Fekter
Succeeded byWolfgang Sobotka
Councilor for Labour, Social Affairs and Families of Lower Austria
In office
25 April 2003 – 21 April 2011
Preceded byFranz Blochberger
Succeeded byBarbara Schwarz
Personal details
Born (1964-02-09) 9 February 1964 (age 58)
Hollabrunn, Austria
Political partyPeople's Party
Alma materVienna University of Economics and Business

Johanna Mikl-Leitner (born 9 February 1964) is an Austrian politician (ÖVP) and since 19 April 2017 the governor of Lower Austria.

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 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 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. Subsequently she became a trainee with 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 29 October 1999 (1999-10-29) until 18 April 2003 (2003-04-18), representing the ÖVP. On 24 March 2003, she became a member of the provincial 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 21 April 2011.[2]

Personal life

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


  1. ^ "VRE Wahlen 2010: Michèle Sabban als Präsidentin wiedergewählt" (in German). 2010-11-12. Archived from the original on 2013-07-19. Retrieved 2010-11-19.
  2. ^ "Team Spindelegger angelobt" (in German). Die Presse. 2011-04-21.