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Wolfgang Sobotka
President of the National Council
Assumed office
20 December 2017
Preceded byElisabeth Köstinger
Minister of the Interior
In office
21 April 2016 – 18 December 2017
ChancellorWerner Faymann
Christian Kern
Preceded byJohanna Mikl-Leitner
Succeeded byHerbert Kickl
Personal details
Wolfgang Sobotka

(1956-01-05) 5 January 1956 (age 65)
Waidhofen an der Ybbs, Lower Austria, Austria
Political partyPeople's Party

Wolfgang Sobotka (born 5 January 1956 in Waidhofen an der Ybbs) is an Austrian teacher, conductor and politician of the Austrian People's Party (ÖVP) who has been the President of the Austrian National Council since 20 December 2017.

Early life and education

The son of a teacher, Sobotka studied history at the University of Vienna, cello and music education at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, and conducting at the Bruckner Conservatory, Linz.[1]


In the 1980s and 1990s Sobotka worked as a main school and music school teacher in his hometown Waidhofen an der Ybbs.

Political career

In 1992, Sobotka entered local politics Waidhofen, first as a city council. From 1996 until his move to the Lower Austrian Provincial Government in 1998, he was also mayor of Waidhofen an der Ybbs.

From 1998 to 2016 Sobotka was a provincial councilor in Lower Austria and from 2009 to 2016 also held the office of deputy governor of Lower Austria.

From 2016 to 2017 Sobotka served as Austrian Federal Minister of the Interior in the governments of successive Chancellors Werner Faymann and Christian Kern.[2]

Other activities

Personal life

Sobotka had four children with his first wife, who died in 1999. He has two children and two stepchildren with his second wife.[4]



  1. ^ BIOGRAPHISCHES HANDBUCH des NÖ LANDTAGES und der NÖ LANDESREGIERUNG 1921 – dato; Landtagswahlergebnisse; [1]
  2. ^ salzburg forum (19 December 2017). "Mag. Wolfgang Sobotka".
  3. ^ Board of Trustees National Fund of the Republic of Austria for Victims of National Socialism.
  4. ^ Die Qual der Wahl. In: Krone Bunt. 2. Oktober 2016, S. 10.
  5. ^ Sobotka, Wolfgang; Austria Forum; [2]
  6. ^ Sito web del Quirinale: dettaglio decorato.